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Social Work: Books

Welcome to the Georgia State University subject guide for Social Work! Here you can find pointers for identifying high-quality information for your research (as well as how to cite it correctly).

Reference Books

Encyclopedia of social work. (2008).  New York: Oxford University Press. Ref. HV35 .S6
This title also has an online edition.

The Blackwell encyclopaedia of social work. (2000). Malden, MA: Blackwell.  Ref. HV12 .B53 2000

Encyclopedia of social welfare history in North America. (2005). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.  Ref. HV12 .E497 2005

Social work dictionary. (2003). Washington, DC: NASW Press.  Ref. HV12 .B37 2003

Literature Reviews


Aveyard, H. (2014). Doing a literature review in health and social care: A practical guide (Third edition.).


Galvan, J. L.  (2017). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences. (3rd ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak. 


Jesson, J., Matheson, L., & Lacey, F. M. (2011). Doing your literature review: Traditional and systematic techniques. Los Angeles, Calif.: SAGE.

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Getting books from other libraries

If GSU's library doesn't have what you need, you have, don't give up.  There are several options to get the book or article you want:

  • GIL Express allows you to order books and other physical items (like videos) from any University System of Georgia library.  Search the GIL Universal Catalog, find the book you need, and click GIL Express Request at the bottom of the screen.  GIL Express requests usually take only a few days.
  • You can also check out books in person from any University System of Georgia library or Emory University's Woodruff Library using your PantherCard.
  • If the book isn't available from a GIL Express/USG library, you can order it via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  Log into the system with your library ID number (on the back of your PantherCard) to place a request.  ILL requests may take two weeks or more, so plan ahead.
  • If you need an article that we don't own, you can usually get it digitally through Interlibrary Loan within a few days.
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