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Social Work: General Resources: Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

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

Reference Sources

Reference sources, such as specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias, are an excellent place to begin your research. If you're researching a topic you don't know much about, reference sources will provide you with a brief summary of the topic and may point you to some of the most important research in the field. You might also find terminology in dictionary and encyclopedia entries that you can use to search for articles and books on your research topic.

Social Work Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Search Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


Search the Library's dictionaries and encyclopedias using the search box above.  Note that the results page will list entries in the reference sources rather than the reference sources themselves.

Social Work Handbooks

Handbooks can provide quick access to summaries of important concepts or procedures as well as basic factual information in summary form. The following is a small sample of what is available through the Library: