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Social Work

Finding Books

Use the LIBRARY SEARCH box on the Library's home page or its ADVANCED SEARCH  to look for books and articles and audiovisual materials across disciplines in the Libraries' collections. Use the Limits provided to narrow your search to specific types of materials.

Search tip:  If you search for a phrase, put it in quotation marks, e.g., "voter turnout".

Search tip:  Use an asterisk (*) to pick up variant endings of a word, e.g., polit* will retrieve politics, political, politician, etc.


How to use Library Search

Library Search has many functions.

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Explore Beyond WMU's Borders

Use MelCat and WorldCat to identify pertinent resources "out there" in other libraries outside of WMU. 

You can request books and videos from libraries in the state of Michigan directly through MelCat.

You can request books in libraries across the country and beyond by submitting a WMU Interlibrary Loan request in the WorldCat database.

You may borrow items through these systems typically at no cost to you.

About Library of Congress Call Numbers

The WMU Libraries uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification for its books.  Because of its many specific classifications, you will most likely find books on your topic in multiple call number ranges.  Use the catalog to identify books, and if you see a pattern emerging in call numbers, then you can go browse in that area in the stacks.

Here is a guide to Social Work and some related areas:

General Social Work
HV 1-5840 : Social Service, Welfare
HV 1-547 : General Social Work
HV 697-700 : Families
HV 701-1441 : Children, Youth
HV 1442-1448 : Women
HV 1450-1493 : Aged
HV 1551-3024 : Handicapped
HV 4023-4630 : Poor, Homelessness
HV 4997-5840 : Substance Abuse

Related Subject Areas
BF 1-940 : Psychology
HM 1-299 : Sociology
HQ 1-2039 : The Family. Marriage. Woman (including gerontology)
HV 6001-9960 : Criminology
R 723-726 : Medical Ethics (including euthanasia)
RC 346-429 : Neurology (including speech disorders)
RC 435-571 : Psychiatry (including sexual problems, drug abuse, suicide, child abuse)
RT 1-120 : Nursing