Library Resources for SSW Students

  • The main research library is Mugar Memorial Library and most of the materials related to social work are in this library. The Medical Library, Law Library, and Theology Library might also have materials that would be useful for social work research.
  • The holdings of the libraries include 2 1/2 million books and thousands of  journals, microfilm, maps, and CDs. A growing collection of electronic resources includes approximately 400 electronic databases and around 90,000 online journals.

Library Search

  • Library Search can be found on the main library webpage  ( . It includes books, both print and electronic, online articles, and other materials available at Mugar Library and other campus libraries.

Electronic Databases

  • Databases most useful for social work research are PsycINFO, Social Services Abstracts, Medline, Social Sciences Full Text, Sociological Abstracts, and PAIS. Other databases may also be useful, depending on the research topic.

Electronic Journals

  • Some databases provide links to full-text articles while others provide only citations and abstracts. To see whether a journal for which you have a citation is available online, please check the e-Journals list.

Interlibrary Borrowing

  • If a book or journal is not available at Boston University, the library can obtain it for you through Interlibrary Borrowing.

Research Guides

  • Librarians have developed research guides on many different topics, including social work, psychology, and the research process.  These guides include both print and electronic resources that may be useful to you in doing research.

Boston Library Consortium

  • Boston University is part of a 17 member library consortium that includes Boston College, MIT, Northeastern, Tufts, and Brandeis. The list of participating libraries can be found at . If BU does not have a book or it is checked out and it is available at one of the consortium libraries, you can request it through BUWorldcat.  You can also apply  online for a consortium card that will allow you to check out books from any of these libraries.

Research Consultations

  • Librarians are available at the reference desk at Mugar Memorial Library to help you with your research. You can also ask questions online or through a 24/7 live chat service.If you would like more extensive help with your research, you can make an appointment for a research consultation with Meredith Kirkpatrick, the liaison between the library and the School of Social Work. She can be reached at 617-358-3956 and her e-mail is You can also use our research appointment service at