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Social Work Practice I: Getting Started

Guide to basic Social Work resources.

Not sure where to start your research?

Articles in scholarly encyclopedias usually present a good overview of the topic and identify the current issues, approaches, and scholarship relating to that topic. Knowing the issues can help you focus your research on a particular aspect of a topic.

Getting Started

Encyclopedia of Social Work. 20th edition.
New York, National Association of Social Workers, 2008.
Almost always a good place to begin your research. About 400 lengthy signed articles with bibliographies on topics felt to be of particular relevance of social work, as well as 200 brief biographies of key figures in the history of social work. Many articles include a historical overview. Rutgers-restricted Access
Social Workers' Desk Reference
Albert R. Roberts editor-in-chief. 2nd edition. New York, Oxford University Press, 2009.
A very useful one-volume reference book. Among the sections included: Theoretical Foundations and Treatment Approaches in Clinical Social Work; Developing and Implementing Treatment Plans with Specific Groups and Disorders; Guidelines for Specific Interventions; Evidence-based Practice. Available?
2012 Green Book
Biennial publication of data as well as the history and description of the social and economic programs including Social Security, employment, welfare, child support, the elderly, and families with children, under the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Ways and Means.