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Background sources provide overviews of a topic, definitions of terms, biographical sketches of key persons, important theories, statistics, and recommendations for further reading. Background information from special encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks can be very useful in providing a focus and guidance for research.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - DSM-5
Call Number: 616.89075 D54
Major resource for classification and diagnosis of mental disorders.
The Encyclopedia of Aging
Call Number: 305.2603 En19a
Authoritative reference and a pioneering interdisciplinary resource in gerontology and geriatrics.
Encyclopedia of Gerontology
Call Number: 612.6703 En195g
Breadth of coverage with major findings and additional readings.
The Encyclopedia of Social Work
Call Number: 361,303En197sw
All aspects of social work from practice and interventions to social environments, social conditions and challenges.
The Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
Call Number: 362.10425 Ox26sw
Theories, innovations, and major developments in social policies.
Social Workers' Desk Reference
Call Number: 361.32 So1344w
A comprehensive guide to social work practice.