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Social Work: Books & Encyclopedias

PSU Library Catalog - Book Search


Results include both print and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and the Summit Libraries.

Requesting Books from Summit

When you find an item in the catalog that has a Find & Request link, then the book or video is checked out or not in our collection.

  • First, sign in to the catalog for borrowing privileges at Summit;
  • You can request the book by clicking on Find & Request, then select Request from Summit (a partnership of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho);
  • It takes approximately five days to receive an item through Summit;
  • When your item is available for check out at the 1st floor Circulation Desk, you will be notified by PSU email.

Social Work Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are tremendously useful resources because they give 'executive summaries' of an area of research to get you up to speed quickly: important research findings and researchers, discussions/critiques of theoretical models and methodologies used. The 2-5 page summary is followed by a bibliography leading you to the original articles, books, etc to continue your research.

Full Text Online Access to the DSM 5

Sage Reference Search

Search for entries across encyclopedias in the Social Sciences. Subject coverage includes counseling, criminology, education, geography, health and social care, media and communication, politics science, psychology, and sociology. 


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Social Work Dissertations & Theses