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Best of Reference: Social Welfare

Discover some of our subject librarians' favorite resources in our "Best of Reference" series. Each week you will find a variety of selected reference materials from our collection that are specific to one subject area. This week, we focus on Elaine Lasda's selections for Social Welfare.

DSM-5 Online

The DSM-5 is available online through the DSM Library, which also includes the DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis and DSM-5 Clinical Cases. The DSM-5 is a classification and diagnostic tool used by a variety of professionals ranging from psychologists to insurance providers. The text consists of three main sections: DSM-5 basics, Diagnostic Criteria and Codes and Emerging Measures and Models. The third section, Emerging Measures and Models is particularly helpful for social work students who want to stay current with regards to patient assessment measures.

Social Work Speaks

Social Work Speaks is an unrivaled reference tool that represents the collective thinking of thousands of experienced social workers from all fields of practice. It is a first-rate introductory social policy text that will spark dynamic and valuable debates on public policy and the role of social work in effecting social change.This edition includes 20 revised and expanded policy statements on topics ranging from affirmative action and early childhood care to health care and women's issues. All of the revised policy statements were last updated in 2005.

  • National Association of Social Workers. (2015). Social work speaks: National Association of Social Workers policy statements, 2015-2017 10th Ed. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press.
    Dewey Library / Reference: HV88 .N686 2015

Social Workers' Desk Reference

In the first and second editions of the Social Workers' Desk Reference, the changes that were occurring in social work practice, education, and research were highlighted and focused upon. This third edition continues in the same tradition and continues to respond to the changes occurring in society and how they are impacting the education, research, and practice of social work as a whole. With 159 chapters collaboratively written by luminaries in the profession, this third edition serves as a comprehensive guide to social work practice by providing the most recent conceptual knowledge and empirical evidence to aid in the understanding of the rapidly changing field of social work. Each chapter is short and contains practical information in addition to websites and updated references. Social work practitioners, educators, students, and other allied professionals can utilize the Social Workers' Desk Reference to gain interdisciplinary and interprofessional education, practice, and research.

An Author's Guide to Social Work Journals

The latest edition of An Author’s Guide to Social Work Journals describes over 200 journals, arranged by subject, and includes, as always, the journal descriptions and detailed information for each title. This updated fifth edition includes many new additions to the landscape of social sciences scholarly publishing, such as Advances in Social Work, Critical Social Work, Qualitative Social Work, and the Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. Another new feature is the addition of an international subject heading that makes the expanded list of international journals easier to find. An Author’s Guide to Social Work Journals is an essential reference for every author.

The Social Work Dictionary

The Social Work Dictionary is used by those who write licensing examination questions and those who conduct license preparation courses. It is the foundational communications tool in undergraduate and graduate courses as well as continuing education programs. Recognized by social work educators, researchers, practitioners, students, and policymakers as an essential guide to clear and precise communication in the profession, this indispensable reference work should be on the bookshelves of all social workers and human services professionals in the United States and abroad.

Good Research Guide

The Good Research Guide is a best-selling introductory book on the basics of social research. It provides practical and straightforward guidance for those who need to conduct small-scale research projects as part of their undergraduate, postgraduate or professional studies. It covers all the major issues and concerns from start to finish.

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Elaine Lasda, Subject Librarian for Social Welfare, at (518) 442-3695 or - or drop by during Elaine's office hours, held weekly on Mondays from 4-6pm.

Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
Image Credit: Mark Schmidt

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