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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.
New York, National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press.
Almost always a good place to begin your research. Over 700 lengthy signed articles with bibliographies on topics felt to be of particular relevance to social work; 200 brief biographies of key figures in the history of social work; and links to related social work resources. 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.
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.