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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - DSM-5
Call Number: 616.89075 D54
Major resource for diagnosis and classification of mental disorders.
Encyclopedia of Human Behavior
Call Number: 150.3 En19h
A comprehensive reference source on human action and reaction, and the thoughts, feelings, and physiological functions behind those actions.
The Encyclopedia of Social Work
Call Number: 361.303 En197sw
The social work profession's collective expertise.
Social Workers' Desk Reference
Call Number: 361.32 So1344w
A comprehensive guide to social work.
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