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Social Work - Learning for a Lifetime: Reference

Resources for staying current with issues as a professional social worker.

Reference Materials

Reference Collection at the CSS LibraryThe Library has many reference materials, which are helpful when you are starting your research as they give background information in a concise, authoritative, intuitive way.

There are general encyclopedias that contain all kinds of information as well as subject encyclopedias, which focus on one particular subject such as religion, nursing, education, or management. For example, there is The Encyclopedia of Gambling in America and The Dictionary of Social Work Terms. These reference books can help you select a topic and also narrow your topic down so you can focus on one aspect of it. 

There are two ways to access reference materials. The first is by coming to the Library and using the ones here in print. These books cannot be checked out, but you can photocopy their pages. The second way is by looking at those we have available online. 

Reference Books Here in Print

The following list of encyclopedias is just some of what is available in the CSS Library's Reference Collection located on the first floor of the Library:

How to Cite an Encyclopedia Article

Reference Universe

Search the CSS Library's reference collection for your topic by using Reference Universe.

This database will direct you to articles within the encyclopedias and other reference sources in the print collection at CSS, as well  our online reference collections.

Instructions on how to use Reference Universe

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