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Arkansas State University

Social Work: Home

This guide is intended to help you find print and online social work resources.

This guide is intended to help you find both print and online social work resources. This guide is only a starting point for your research, it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources. If you need further assistance, please visit the Service Desk in the library or contact your librarian, Robert Robinette, at

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Finding Books in the Dean B. Ellis Library

All books in the library are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system for call numbers and subject headings. The call number for social work begins with “H”. The basic breakdown is as follows:

H1 - H99


Social Sciences (General)

HM401 - HM1281


Sociology (General)

HN1 - HN995


Social History and Conditions.
Social Problems. Social Reform.

HQ1 - HQ2044


Family, Marriage, Women

HT51 - HT1595


Communities, Classes, Races

HV1 - HV9960


Social Pathology, Social and
Public Welfare, Criminology

The numbers that follow these beginning letters relate to the narrower scope of the item. For example: Social Work : A Companion to Learning (HV245. S622 2007) is about social work as a whole while Social Work with Latinos (HV3187. A2 D444 2007) is specifically about working with Latinos.

Occasionally, a totally different call number will appear. This means the item is about more than just social work and higher importance was given to the other subject when the call number was assigned. For example: Dementia and Social Work Practice has been assigned the call number RC521. D45338 2007 because this book is more about dementia patients than social work. That said, this may still be an excellent book for your topic!


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Social work covers a wide range of topics. If you're having trouble coming up with a topic, here are some keywords you can use that might help you get started:

  • Abuse
  • Case Studies
  • Children
  • Confidentiality
  • Cross-Culture
  • Domestic Violence
  • Ethics
  • Evaluation
  • Family
  • Grief
  • Group Therapy
  • Licensure
  • Marriage
  • Methodology
  • Minorities
  • Neglect
  • Play Therapy
  • School Based
  • Services
  • Social Conditions
  • Social Service
  • Social Welfare
  • Social Work
  • Theory

If you want to combine keywords, use the connector AND between terms:

refugees AND "social work"

You can learn more about connectors in our Boolean Searching guide.