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Social Work: General Resources: Books & e-Books

A University of Lethbridge Library guide to Social Work research and resources.

Library Catalogue Search Tips

If you are looking for a particular book in the catalogue, search by Title or Author. When searching by author, enter the author's last name first (e.g., "Smith, John" rather than "John Smith").

If you are looking for books on a particular topic, search by Keyword or Subject Heading. While keyword searches may return relevant results, searching by subject heading is often more effective. Subject headings are terms that are assigned to each item in the Library catalogue in a standard, consistent manner. They define the subject of each book. Below is a list of examples of general social work subject headings:

Social Policy -- Canada

Social Service -- Canada

Social Work Administration

Social Work Education

Social Work with Children

Social Work with Minorities

Social Work with Older People

Social Work with Youth

Social Workers -- Professional Ethics

For more information on finding books and e-books, visit our help guide.

WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan

While the University of Lethbridge Library provides access to many books and ebooks on social work topics, it can be a good idea to search outside of our collection for literature pertinent to your research topic. WorldCat indexes books and other materials available in thousands of libraries worldwide. Through WorldCat, you may find relevant resources that we don't have at the U of L.

If you find a book that is not available at the U of L Library, you may submit an interlibrary loan request to have the book shipped from another library. Follow this link, enter your username and password, and fill in the form to submit a request. For a book, you must enter the book's title as well as your email address and the date after which you no longer need the item.  It is best, however, to fill out as many fields as possible to ensure that the correct book is ordered promptly.

Books can take from a few days to a few months to arrive at the library, so it is best to submit an ILL order as early as possible. 

Search the Library Catalogue

To find books on social work, search our library catalogue using the basic search box below or our advanced search page.


You may also want to search the U of C Library for e-books on your topic. Be sure to limit the content type to "book/eBook."

Video – Searching the Catalogue