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Social Work : Finding Books & Encyclopedias

Researching in the discipline of Social Work

Social work research is often complex. You are required to understand and access a range of different sources. These include books, academic journal articles (published research), research reports from community organisations and government departments, parliamentary sources, legal information as well as social statistics and news media sources. 

Define your terms & consult encyclopedias and books on your topic

Orient yourself to the literature by using specialist dictionaries & encyclopedias for social work:

Specialist Dictionaries

Sage dictionary of social research methods by Jupp (2006)

A dictionary of social work and social care - Oxford Online by Harris (2018 2nd ed.)

Dictionary of social work - Online access by Pierson (2010)

General Dictionaries

Macquarie Dictionary - Online access

Oxford English Dictionary - Online access 


Encyclopedia of Social Work from Oxford University Press (for more encyclopedias see box at bottom of page)

Books and other resources on your topic can be found by searching your key words using Library Search 

Login using your Unikey when using Library Search to access the full-text that is only available to Sydney staff and students.

When using Library Search to find books: type in your key words or phrase, select  Material type: Books, choose a relevant item from the results and look at the subject field of the record for links to more books on the topic. To request items from other libraries use  Request from.. (from the menu bar at the top of the screen in Library Search) 

Find more books and government reports on your topic by searching Libraries Australia. Libraries Australia is the joint catalogue of state, university and government libraries that underpins Trove.

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