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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.
The Encyclopedia of Social Work
Call Number: 361.303 En197sw
The social work profession's collective expertise.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - DSM-5
Call Number: 616.89075 D54
Major resource for diagnosis and classification of mental disorders.
Social Workers' Desk Reference
Call Number: 361.32 So1344w
A comprehensive guide to social work.
Online reference books such as dictionaries, handbooks, and encyclopedias representing a range of subject areas.
More Online Sources
In-depth factual reports on controversial issues and current interest topics.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Pro/con essays and topic overviews from primary sources, articles, and statistical sources. plus podcasts and NPR programs.