These materials are useful for basic research in Social Work. If you need more help with your research or finding resources, contact Library staff

Searching for Books

Library Catalogue

Search for books in our library catalogue. The items you need will likely be found in the following areas:

  • BF: Psychology
  • BF 600's: Interpersonal communication, counseling, counseling issues, and personality development
  • HN: Social issues (for example, abuse, pornography) dealt with from a sociological viewpoint
  • HV: Social work and social issues as they relate to social work (for example, criminal justice issues)
  • R-RA: The R section deals with social work issues from a medical or science point of view
  • RC-RM: Social issues with a medical component (for example, anorexia, HIV, suicide, death and dying, drug therapy, addictions)


Browse Shelves Virtually

Did you find a good book and want to see related books nearby? Select Browse the Shelf on the book’s item details page. Use the arrow keys on either side to see what other books have been shelved in that subject and might be useful for your papers.

In the Library Catalogue, an orange button reads Browse the Shelf.

Articles and Databases



Writing and Citing

Online Resources

  • Canadian Association of Social Workers: Information about social work training and practice in Canada.
  • National Association for Social Workers (USA): The web site of the professional association of American social workers. This site includes a catalogue of publications, the NASW Code of Ethics, accreditation information, and links to job resources. It is also a useful tool for keeping up to date with social issues of current concern in the United States.
  • Information for Practice – Web Resources for Social Workers: This site is jointly sponsored by the New York University’s Ehrenkranz School of Social Work and the Division of Social Work and Behavioral Science, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Provides extensive links to government information world-wide, journals, professional associations, and sites related to social work practice.
  • Statistics Canada: Allows you to view a list of subjects to find all the related data, analysis, and reference resources on a topic. (Ex. Immigration and ethnocultural diversity, Indigenous peoples, Health, Crime and justice, Children and youth, etc.) Some useful series/reports may include:
    • Canadian Social Trends: discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians
    • Insights on Canadian Society: Topics include labour, income, education, social, and demographic issues that affect the lives of Canadians.
    • Health Indicators: Covers health of the Canadian population and the effectiveness of the health care system.
  • Public Opinion Research Reports (commissioned by HRDC): The Department of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSDC) conducts public opinion research in support of communications activities and program and policy development.

Social Issues

  • Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse: This site provides excellent information about substance abuse related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Some of the main divisions of the site are statistics, cannabis issues, youth, and gambling.
  • PovNet: Web site for advocates and community groups who are involved in anti-poverty work in British Columbia. Provides links to current anti-poverty issues such as welfare, housing, and panhandling
  • Campaign 2000 National and Provincial Reports on Child and Family Poverty

Social Policy

Indigenous Topics

A good section to look for books related to Indigenous peoples is books with call #s starting with E 81-99


Additional Resources

These include resources on surveys, questionnaires, interviewing, and focus groups. 

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