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Social Work

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).

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Open Textbooks for Social Work Education (Free)

This is a curated list of social work textbooks available at OER repositories from October 2021 conducted by Matt DeCarlo and Anne Marie Gruber. They are primarily curated for higher education in the United States. 

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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