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Welcome to the Social Work Guide!

This subject guide is intended to be a starting point for your research on social work topics.  Recommended databases, journals, reference tools, and websites are listed (and linked when it is an electronic resource) from the menu above.  This Subject Guide was compiled by the library liaison to the Social Work Department, Mou Chakraborty.  If you have questions or need help with research, please use the information on the right to contact Mou.

Note for Faculty: Please know that I can create tailored guides for your course.

Note for Students: Check if there's already a specific guide for your course for ex. SOWK 200





These are a few of Our Favorite Books!!!

As a social work student/practitioner you touch so many people's face an entire gamut of issues and challenges working with clients and patients. As you already know, social work is an interdisciplinary field drawing from psychology, education, health sciences, legal studies, etc. With so many resources out there, it may be difficult to find best books to read. Below is a list of titles that Social Work faculty recommend! Check these out at the library. If we don't own a title you can intelibrary loan them while I place an order to purchase it.

Ellen Foster  by Kaye Gibbons (Eileen Gilheany)

​The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog   by Dr. Bruce Perry (Tina Diamond-Mock)

The spirit catches you and you fall down by Anne Fadiman (Batya Hyman)

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk (Mark Shaffer)

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine, PHD (Sue Park)

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (Heidi Moore)

Why Therapy Works: Using Our Minds to Change Our Brains by Louis Cozolino (Amanda Hill)

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey through Madness by Elyn Saks (Rachel Buchanan)

African American leadership: An empowerment tradition in social welfare history by Carlton-LaNey, I. (Allessia Owens)

Twenty Years at Hull-House​ by Jane Addams (Jim Forte)

Unfaithful Angels: How Social Work Has Abandoned Its Mission by Harry Specht (Jim Forte)

Option B....Facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy by Sheryl Sandberg (Eileen Gilheany)

Deaf Gain: Raising the Stakes for Human Diversity.  Editors H-Dirksen L. Bauman and Joseph J. Murray (Ellen Schaefer-Salins)

Wrong Place, Wrong Time:  Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men by John A. Rich (Aaron Willis)



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