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Social Work: Reference & Books

Last Updated: Feb 8, 2024 4:16 PM

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  2. Dissertations and Theses
  3. E-Books
  4. Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
  5. New Books & Resources
  6. Additional Reference Materials


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.

Dissertations and Theses

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global 

Comprehensive North American and significant international coverage of graduate works, often providing full-text documents from 1997 on.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses @ UB

Access to UB dissertations and theses.

UB Institutional Repository

The University at Buffalo Institutional Repository collects, preserves, and distributes UB's research and scholarship. This Institutional Repository is a group of collections of full-text articles, full-text reports, audio mp3 files, images, and video clips produced by UB researchers and students.


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Social Workers' Desk Reference 

A comprehensive guide to social work practice which provides 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.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

This encyclopedia provides authoritative, foundational, interdisciplinary knowledge across the wide range of behavioral and social sciences fields.

Dictionary of Social Work (Pierson & Thomas) 

With over 1500 entries, this popular dictionary provides concise and up to date explanations of the theories, approaches and terminology that define front-line social work and social care.

The Social Work Dictionary (Barker) (TEXT)

The dynamic vocabulary of social work, like the profession itself, continues to grow and become more complex. Since the first edition of The Social Work Dictionary in 1987, this essential reference work has been recognized as the definitive lexicon of social work.

Historical Dictionary of the Welfare State 

This third edition of Historical Dictionary of the Welfare State covers the history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 hundred cross-referenced entries that focus on the definitions and concepts that are the most relevant, long lasting, and important concepts.

Canadian Encyclopedia of Social Work

Over five hundred topics important to Canadian social work are covered, written by a highly diverse group of social workers representing all aspects of the field and all areas of the country.

International Encyclopedia of Social Policy

This milestone work offers an in-depth treatment of all aspects of the discipline and practice of social policy globally.

Encyclopedia of Mental Health

The book presents a comprehensive overview of the many genetic, neurological, social, and psychological factors that affect mental health, also describing the impact of mental health on the individual and society, and illustrating the factors that aid positive mental health. 

New Resources & Books

Additional Reference Materials