Social Work: Top Resources
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Libraries generally do not buy commercially published tests due to use and copyright restrictions imposed by publishers. This makes locating copies of tests difficult. There are, however, two things you can do to reduce frustration. First, decide whether you need an actual copy of the test or whether a detailed description will do (i.e. reliability and validity data, sample items, a review). Information about a test is usually much easier to find than the test itself. Second, decide whether you must have one particular test or if any relevant instrument will do.
- Online Tests and Measures This website is a clearinghouse for HIV/AIDS researchers maintained by the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services at UCLA. Among the resources it provides, are online copies of assessment scales, surveys and other instruments. Many of these are not specific to HIV/AIDS. They address aspects of personality and behavior that are applicable to the general population in areas such as anxiety, substance abuse, conduct problems, family dynamics, depression, and the like. Includes the full-text of several hundred instruments.
Social work books may be found at the Lockwood Library on North Campus. They are arranged by call number. Look for the letters HV on the spine of the book. These books may be borrowed from the library. If you need additional assistance, please visit our Reference Desk on Lockwood 2 or, if that is closed, use the UB Libraries' chat service.
- Measures for Clinical Practice (Corcoran and Fischer) Contains copies of several hundred "unpublished" (i.e. less well-known) instruments. Covers a range of traits and disorders including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family functioning, assertiveness, and the like. These instruments are ideal for class assignments and short-term projects.
- Social Work E-books The University Libraries provide access to hundreds of e-books in social work published in recent years. These books can be read on computers or e-readers, or partially printed (up to 20% of book in most cases). To find e-books, go to the University Libraries' homepage, click on the e-books tab above the search box, enter keywords of interest.
- ASWB Guide to the Social Work Exams by Association of Social Work Boards (Call Number: HV40.52 .A894 S66 2018)
- ASWB Masters Exam Secrets Study Guide : Your Key to Exam Success by ASWB Exam Secrets Test Prep Staff (Call Number: HV40.52 .A88 2017)
- Preparatory Course for the Social Work Written Examination: Masters Level. by Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (Call Number: HV11.5 .P74 2015)
Lockwood Library supports a rich collection of DVDs and streamable sound recordings produced by the American Psychological Association and other publishers. These recordings present real and simulated clinical sessions. They offer a unique opportunity to see and hear luminaries such as Aaron Beck, Albert Ellis, and Virginia Satir, as well as ordinary practitioners, in action. The 200+ videos in this collection are housed with multimedia resources on the third floor of Silverman Library (645-1328). The loan period for these materials is 10 days. Several dozen streamable sound recordings are also available. These may be accessed through the University Libraries' catalog by title, or under the keywords "streaming audio and psychotherapy," "streaming audio and relaxation," etc.