Subject Guides – Social Work

Subject Guides – Social Work

These are some of the materials that are useful for basic research in Social Work

Browse the shelves Dictionaries & Encyclopedia
Articles & Databases Social Work on the Web
Citation & Writing Guides Theses

Library Catalogue – Search for books in our Library.

The items you need will likely be found in the following area:

BF: Psychology
BF 600’s: Interpersonal communication, counseling, counseling issues and personality development
HN: Social issues (for example, abuse, pornography) dealtwith from a sociological viewpoint
HV: Social Work and social issues as they relate to socialwork (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.)
Articles & Databases
  • Start with these databases:
    SocINDEX with Full Text: full-text articles from academic journals and citations to books from Sociology and related fields.
    PsychInfo & Proquest Psychology: APA psychology index of 2500 journals and full-text database of 1250 journals covering clinical and social psychology, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, social welfare, and more.
    Academic Search Premier: indexes journals and magazines from all subject areas, some full-text available.
    PILOTS: PTSD database: articles from academic journals and books specializing in trauma.
    Social Services Abstracts: articles from academic journals and citations to books relating to Social Services, some full-text available.
    JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive: back issues of important scholarly journals. All full text.
  • Individual Journals:
    The following is a small sample of journals available in this field:Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
    Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science
    Caring: A Journal of the Integrated Ministries of The Salvation Army

    Canadian Social Trends
    Canadian Social Work Review
    Critical Social Work
    Social Thought: Journal of Religion in the Social Services
    Social Work and Christianity
    Social Work with Groups
    Social Work: Journal of the National Association of Social Workers
    Social Worker
Writing and Citation Guides

APA Citation Style
Online citation creators
How to cite Canadian Government documents – Queens University
Writing help – Booth University College guide
Literature Reviews– Wilfrid Laurier

Fit to Print: the Canadian Student’s Guide to Essay Writing
LB 2369 B83 F588 2004

Making Sense: a student’s guide to research and writing: in Psychology and Life Sciences– REF LB 2369 N39 2009

Reference Material

The reference material is located on the main floor of the library. Reference material is intended for use in the library only. Students may photocopy the pages they need.

The following are examples of reference material useful to Social Work research:

Title Call Number
Addiction: A reference encyclopedia REF HV 5825 P26 2010
Blackwell’s Companion to Social Work HV 245 B63 1997
Contact Book (Winnipeg & Manitoba Agency guide) REF HV 109 M34 S66 2009/10
Drugs & Controlled substances: information for students REF HV 5809.5 D784 2003
DSM-IV: The diagnostic and manual of mental illness
Note: there is also a study guide.
REF RC 455.2 C4 D364 2000
Encyclopedia of Social Welfare in north America REF HV 12 E497 2005
Encyclopedia of Social Work REF HV 35 S6 2008
Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work REF HV 12 C35 2005
Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders REF RC 437 G35 2003
Handbook on Death and Dying REF HQ 1073 H36 2003
International Social Work: Canadian Perspectives HV 40 I555 2009
Social Work Dictionary REF HV 12 B37 1999
Social work on the Web

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.

In Critical Demand: Social Work in Canada
Five partners: Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work (CASSW), Canadian Committee of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, (CCDDSSW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) and the regroupement des unités de formation universitaires en travail social (RUFUTS) and Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) sponsored a study of the human resources needs of social work in Canada. This is the full-text of the report.

Social Work Organization Websites: Laurier Library
A collection of selected non-governmental organizations, government websites, and professional associations of interest to Social Work

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: provides list of studies and research reports. Some useful series/reports may include:

  • Canadian Social Trends discusses the social, economic, and demographic changes affecting the lives of Canadians (browse articles by subject)
  • Perspectives on Labour and Income :Topics include youth in the labour market, pensions and retirement, work arrangements, education and training, and trends in family income. (browse by topic)
  • Income in Canada: annual publication covering topics such as income distribution, income tax, government transfers, and low income back to 1976.
  • 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 Social Research Links
Covers Canadian government policy information and focuses on topical social issues such as disability, human rights, homelessness etc.

Canadian Centre on 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.

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.

2010 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada: 1989-2010 (.pdf)

Social Policy

Institute for Research on Public Policy: publishes public policy magazine Policy Options (NOT peer-reviewed)

Caledon Institute of Social Policy  : has publications search feature

Canadian Council on Social Development “The CCSD is a non-profit social policy and research organization focusing on issues such as poverty, social inclusion, disability, cultural diversity, child well-being, employment and housing”. This site contains research reports and other publications.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives : Addresses issues regarding social and economic justice. Lists publications browseable by topic/issue;

Canadian Policy Research Networks  : ceased operation in 2010, but archives of research material/publications still available.

Laidlaw Foundation : “promotes positive youth development”; lists publications under “Resources”

Child Care Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) : provides list of publications and reports; searchableCIRC database organizes CRRU’s resource collection of PRINT materials on ECEC policy


Theses Canada
Contains full text Canadian theses.