For overviews of topics
Encyclopedia of Social Work - Ref HV 35 .S6
To Find Scholarly Information on Your Topic
URSUS - Fogler Library's catalog, use it to look for books. There are other libraries in this catalog, as well; look for O or ORO to tell if a book is here. If you want to order a book from another library, click on the Request button on the top of the page. You will be asked for your name and barcode (on the back of your MaineCard).
Social Work Abstracts - This database covers most journals in the field of social work, and focuses on practice. For articles not directly available in full text, Article Linker is used to check to see if we have access through Fogler Library. Please be aware that there can be only 4 users at a time.
Social Services Abstracts - This database includes many social work journals, as well as some journals in other social science fields. Both practice and policy topics are included. There are no limits on the number of users.
Check Identifying Scholarly Journals vs. Popular and Trade Magazines for help in telling the difference.
Request (click for a demo) allows you to order books from other Maine libraries
Article Linker (click for a demo) allows you to automatically check URSUS for electronic and/or print subscriptions.
Interlibrary Loan - use for journal articles we do not have access to
It is very important to cite words and/or ideas you take straight from another work and put into your paper. For this class you need to use the American Psychological Association format. We have this print guide at the Reference Desk, or you can find examples online at Citation Help.
There are lots of ways to get help. First, try the Help Desk - you can come in, call us at 581-1673, text BEAR to 66746, or use the Ask-a-Librarian chat or email service. Nancy Lewis is the Social Work Librarian; you can send her an email on FirstClass (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call her at 581-3613 to set up an appointment.