Social Work: Online References


Reference Collections

Social Issues

  • Issues and Controversies Essays on today’s crucial issues and hot topics in politics, business, education, the environment, medicine, and more. A great resource for overview and persuasive papers and speeches.
  • Opposing Viewpoints (Gale) This series takes a pro-con approach to today’s social issues and hot topics in politics, business, education, the environment, medicine, and more. It's the perfect resource when you have to take one side of a debate or have to write a persuasive essay


  • Biography (Gale) Delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.
  • Gale Ebooks Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other specialized reference resources on a wide range of topics.

References - a jumping point of your research

References usually are encyclopedias and handbooks, which provide a quick access to background information about a concept or social issue and major research literature of a research topic. Using references can help you quickly understand a social issue or concept to develop your research topic. 

Pros: quick access to backbround information

Cons: Information may be outdated.

Key References for Social Work

Social Science Librarian

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Rui Wang
Social Sciences Librarian/Professor

Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, Psychology, Neuroscience, Political Science, Public Administration, Military Science, and Official Representative of Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

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