Social Work

Indexes and Databases

  • Note: Abstracts in Social Gerontology includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to social gerontology, including the psychology of aging, elder abuse, society and the elderly, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.
  • Note: An online database containing detailed summaries of publications about older adults and aging, including books, journal and magazine articles, research reports, dissertations, and videos.
  • Note: Indexes materials relating to the growth and development of children through the age of 21. Included are book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals, and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations that cover the biomedical and social sciences worldwide.
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders  DSM-5
    Classification of mental disorders designed to facilitate more reliable diagnoses of these disorders.
  • Encyclopedia of Social work
    This new edition contains 400 articles which represent a thoroughly updated and expanded look at the entire field of social work. It covers all aspects of social work from practice/interventions, social environments, social conditions and challenges to social policy and history.
  • Note: Offers evaluations of the latest assessments in education, psychology, business, law, healthcare, counseling, and management. In addition to test reviews, descriptions of the purpose, target population, administration, scores, price, author, and publisher for all listed tests are provided.
  • PAIS
    PAIS (PUBLIC AFFAIRS INFORMATION SERVICE) is a bibliographic database of citations to public policy literature in books, journal articles and government documents. It includes materials published in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish . Coverage is from 1972 to date.
  • PsycARTICLES (2001)
    Note: Provides full text access to articles from journals published by APA, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association and Hogrefe Publishing Group. Coverage is from 1894 to present.
  • Note: A full-text database of books and chapters from the American Psychological Association’s collection of electronic databases. Features full text of classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology dating from the 1600s, chapters in PDF from books published by APA and other distinguished publishers, and the exclusive electronic release of authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.
  • Note: Comprehensive international index to the literature of psychology and interrelated behavioral and social sciences, including gerontology. Indexes approximately 2,500 periodicals. Provides abstracts and many full-text links for journal articles as well as links to books and book chapters.
  • Note: Provides the full text of articles from journals covering topics such as behavioral characteristics, psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.
  • PubMed (1996]-)
    Note: Provides access to citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. Includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.
  • ScienceDirect   A web database for research that contains abstracts, tables of contents, and full text of articles in the physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.
  • Note: Social sciences full text covers concepts, trends, opinions, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences. More than 350 key international, English-language periodicals. Indexing of periodicals provided from 1983-current, full text coverage starting 1995.
  • Note: “This database provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services and related areas, including social welfare, social policy and community development. The database abstracts and indexes … serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations and citations to book reviews.
  • Note: Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides citations from 1952 to the present to journal articles, book reviews, books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.
  • Web of Science
    Note: Includes a number of citation indexes including Social Sciences Citation Index, Book Citation Index, and Journal Citation Reports.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Encyclopedia of Psychology. 2000.

Eight volume encyclopedia published by Oxford University Press in conjunction with the American Psychological Association. Alphabetical arrangement by topic. Each entry has a bibliography. There is an index, a synoptic outline of contents, and a directory of contributors
X BF 31 E524 2000

The Social Work Dictionary. 2003.

Includes words, concepts, organizations, biographies, and historical events relevant to the profession.
X HV 12 B37 2003

Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work. 2000.

One volume encyclopedia of terms and concepts in social work. Has index of names and subjects as well as a list of references.
HV12 B53 2000

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. 2005.

History of social welfare in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Includes research guides, chronologies, and a lengthy bibliography.
X HV12 E497 2005

Biographical Dictionary of Social Welfare in America. 1986.

Includes substantial entries on important figures in social welfare from colonial period to recent times. Each entry also includes a reference list.
HV 27 B57 1987

Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare. 2008.

Four volumes with each volume addressing a particular aspect of social work and social welfare.
HV40 C635 2008


Public Human Services Directory. 2009.

Directory of federal, state, territorial, county, and major municipal agencies in the United States and Canada. Includes key staff members for each agency.
X HV 89 A55 2009

National Directory of Private Social Agencies.

Loose-leaf directory of agencies arranged by state and alphabetically by agency name.
X HV 89 N27

Human Service Referral Directory of Massachusetts. 2010.

Lists health and human services agencies in Massachusetts. Arranged by subject areas such as adoption, foster care, elderly housing, and shelters.
XHV 98 M4 H86


County and City Data Book. 2000.

Also available on the Web. http://fisher.lib.Virginia.EDU/ccdb/
Provides census information for each county and for the larger cities in the United States.
X HA 202 A36

Statistical Abstract of the United States. 2012.(Located at the Reference Desk)

On the Web.
Standard one-volume compilation of statistics relating to the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
X HA 202 E78 2012

Statistical Handbook on the Social Safety Net. 2004.

Describes government programs, both in the United States and in other countries, that provide that safety net. Includes statistics. Has glossary and index.
XHV 51 P33 2004

Note: Lexis Nexis Statistical is an online version of three indexes: American Statistics Index, covering 1973 to the present; Index to International Statistics, covering 1983 to the present; and Statistical Reference Index, covering 1980 to the present. The database indexes and abstracts social, demographic, and economic statistics published by the U.S. government, the U.N. and other international governmental organizations, US state governments and U.S. private nonprofit and commercial associations and organizations. Most of these publications are available in the ASI, IIS, and SRI microfiche collections in Mugar Library. The PowerTables section of the database contains complete statistical tables and may be searched separately.

Professional Education/Standards

A Study Guide for ACSW Certification. 1998.

Gives information about the structure, content, and process of the certification exam. Sample questions are also provided.
HV 40.52 M53 1998

Professional Writing for the Human Services. 1993.

Addresses writing techniques and provides information about peer review, journal submissions, book proposals, and production procedures.
HV 41 P759 1993

American Association of State Social Work Boards study guide: a guide for candidates preparing for the AASSWB social work examination: Vols 2, 3, 4. 2004.

Gives information on the examination program and test-taking strategies. Also provides the examination content outline and a practice test.
X HV 40.52 S78 2004 v.2,3,4

An Author’s Guide to Social Work Journals. 2009.

Journals are arranged by subject category. Information provided about each journal includes editorial focus, circulation, frequency of publication, how to submit manuscripts, format of manuscripts, and review process.
XHV 85 A93 2009

Journals in Social Work and Related Disciplines.  2013

Compiled by Patrick Leung and Monit  Cheung. Includes Impact Factors, Five-Year Impact Factors, and H-indexes.

Tests And Measures

Measures For Clinical Practice. 2007.

Instruments selected because they measure most of the common problems seen in clinical practice. Vol. 1 includes measures for couples, families, and children and Vol. 2 contains measures for adults with problems outside the context of the family.
X BF 176 C66 2007

Test Critiques. 1984-.

Lists psychological, educational, and business tests. Critiques include description of tests, practical applications and uses, technical aspects, and evaluative comments.
X BF 176 T419 V.1-11

Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures.

This nine volume set gives information on measures and scales that have been published in scholarly journals. It cites the journal where the measure can be found and also gives information about related research. It has author and subject indexes. The index in the eighth volume is a cumulative index for volumes 1-8.
X BF431 G624

Handbook of Psychiatric Measures. 2000

Provides information about copyrighted and non-copyrighted measures. Describes the properties and utility of the measures and gives references and suggested readings. Indicates whether the measures can be copied without obtaining permission or purchasing the measure. The measures are available on CD-ROM in the Mugar Library reference area (Terminal 17).
X RC473 P78 A46 2000 (Located at Reference Desk)

Note: Mental Measurements Yearbook contains the most recent descriptive information and critical reviews of new and revised tests from the 9th-15th yearbooks. Tests in Print includes descriptive listings and references to commercial tests that are in print and available for purchase. Also links to test reviews in the Mental Measurements Yearbooks.

Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences: Tests Available in Compilation Volumes

Database created by University of Texas librarian lists approximately 12,000 tests available in 127 compilation volumes. Check our library catalog to see whether we own the relevant volume.

Internet Resources

National Association Of Social Workers

Provides information about NASW, the Code of Ethics, state NASW chapters, professional social work credentials, and publications. Gives views on many issues relevant to social work practice, including legislation.

Social Work Action Network

Provides links to national organizations, global organizations, U.S. government organizations, conferences and meetings, newsgroups, listserves, schools of social work, and topics by subject.

Council on Social Work Education

Includes information about the organization and its programs and publications. Provides links to other social work associations and sites of interest.

Association of Social Work Boards

Provides information on licensing and examinations. Has links to sites that show licensing requirements for each state