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Social Work: Books

This guide is a compilation of library and Internet resources that may be useful in doing research for Social Work classes.


Unlike journal articles, books:

  • are written on a broader, general subject
  • may contain a collection of related chapters by different authors
  • may contain background information and context about your topic
  • contain less recent information

You may only need to read one chapter of a scholarly book! Find relevant information quickly by reviewing chapter titles or checking the index (back of the book).


The library provides access to more than 55,000 eBooks from a variety of sources.  For information about e-books provided by BGSU Libraries, use the online guide provided at the link below.

Find books: Start here

Search the catalog with keywords about your topic, book title, or author name.

Find books: Try OhioLINK

If BGSU does not own the book you need, try the OhioLINK catalog. If the book is available at another university in Ohio, they will send it to BGSU for you in 3-5 business days.

Find background information: Use reference books

Reference books provide background and context such as definitions, overviews of concepts, and widely accepted knowledge, along with important people and events.