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SW 101: Introduction to Social Work: Reference Books

Library Guide on Social Work resources in the library and online for Social Work

Search the Reference Collection

The Besse Library has an extensive collection of  reference works in print and online as e-books.  Make sure to take full advantage of these collections, both in print and online.

Types of reference works include:

  • subject guides
  • encyclopedias on a specific topic
  • biographical dictionaries
  • directories (for people and associations)
  • historical atlases and almanacs
  • subject handbooks
  • subject bibliographies

To find Reference Books in the Catalog; do a keyword search that looks similar to this:

   Handbook and (research topic keyword)  see an example

   encyclopedia and (research topic key word)


These searches will give you print and ebook resources.

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