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Global Social Work

A guide to library and research resources on global social work and social development



Finding and Getting Books

  • You may return materials to any Rutgers University Library.  You do not need to return items to the same library from which you borrowed them.
  •  If you need books physically located in another RU library, you can request they be sent to the library of your choice.  On the full record in Quicksearch, select the "Request"  link. 
  • If you need books either not owned, checked out, or otherwise not available in the Rutgers University Libraries, the fastest way to get them is through E-Z Borrow.  Books requested from E-Z Borrow usually arrive in about one week.  For additional options and more information , please see Placing Requests via Quicksearch and  Borrow/Request/Renew.



Tips for Using Quicksearch

  • Use AND to combine your concepts, e.g., adoption AND eastern europe
  • Use OR to combine synonyms, related terms, e.g., domestic violence OR family violence; teenagers OR adolescents OR youth
  • Use the * (asterik)  to search for the root word and any ending, e.g., parent* will retrieve parent, parents, parenthood, parenting.
  • Try using the Advanced Search to combine keywords and subject headings, author and title, etc.

Sample Subject Headings-Use the Advanced Search, change "Any field" to "Subject"

  • social service-cross-cultural studies
  • social policy-cross-cultural studies
  • social work with children-(name of place), e.g., romania
  • social work with women-(name of place)
  • public welfare-(name of place)
  • adoption-(name of place)

A keyword search in Quicksearch will generally be a broader search than a subject search and can help you focus your topic and results.  Examples:

  • international social work
  • international adoption
  • international social service
  • international development
  • multicultural social work
  • social service AND  human rights
  • social welfare AND global
  • social welfare AND  human rights AND culture

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