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Child Welfare: Books and Reference Materials

This guide is designed to assist students with child welfare and social work research.

Reference Materials

Dictionaries are a great resource to use in order to familiarize yourself with general subject terms or to gain a better understanding of a term's meaning and proper use. Try the following subject searches:

Encyclopedias are a great way to begin the research process and an easy way to locate quick facts and figures. Use them as a means of introducing yourself to a topic before you begin the research process or as a way to familiarize yourself with specific terms or jargon.

Try the following subject seaches:

Handbook is just another name for guide. Click on the titles below to find out the locations of these useful tools. Each of these handbooks serve as a brief and easy to use guide to the various facets of accounting and accounting research.

Online Resources:

Finding books

The library catalogue's default search setting is set to keyword.

Begin by identifying the key words in the question or the subject you wish to find materials for. Here is an example:

Question: I am looking for books on the assessment of child maltreatment.

Answer: Begin by identifying important words in the question.

"I am looking for books on the assessment of child maltreatment."

Go to the library catalogue to perform the keyword search. Remember to think about different terms (synonyms) which may prove to be more effective during the search process. "Maltreatment" for instance may be changed to, or searched in conjunction with, "abuse" or "neglect."

Searching: assessment AND child maltreatment retrieves 20 results. Narrow the number of results retrieved by adding another topic into the mix, or broaden the results by using synonyms.

For example:

  • assessment AND child maltreatment AND Canada
  • (assessment OR evaluation) AND child maltreatment

Searching by subject heading ensures that you are able to pull up all of the materials associated with a given subject. Each and every book in the library has a predetermined subject heading assigned to them. These subject headings indicate the different subjects or topics being dealt with in a particular book. Each of the subject headings found in the catalogue is hyperlinked to other materials dealing with the same subject matter.

Do a Subject Heading search and see what you can find:

Begin by going to the library catalogue and selecting subject from the drop-down menu next to the search bar. Try searching any and or all of the following subject headings to see the various materials we have.

  • Child welfare -- British Columbia, Northern
  • Family policy
  • Human services -- Economic aspects -- Canada

Searching by a book's call number is one of the most efficient ways to search for materials! Searching this way allows you to go directly to a book's bibliographic record, while gaining the ability to search the shelves virtually from the comfort of your own desk or home.

Every item in the library has been assigned a call number. These numbers tell us the subject area of the material, the location of the item in the library, and the physical order of the books on the shelf. It is these numbers that allow you to see all of the titles of the books located next to the searched item on the shelf.

Give it a try!

  • Go to the library catalogue and search by the call number HQ 789 .B45 2011
  • As you can see, this call number is associated with the text Promoting Children's Rights in Social Work and Social Care: A Guide to Participatory Practice.
  • If you click on the call number for this book you will be brought to a list of titles located on the same shelf. Here you will notice that the books on either side of the text we searched are As if Children Matter: Perspectives on Children, Rights, and Disability and Children: The Silenced Citizens.

See the range of call numbers below for books of interest for Child Welfare.

To find books and other materials about Child Welfare, you may want to browse these subject areas in the Library stacks:

  712-724.85... Developmental psychology, including infant, child, and adolescent psychology
  132-134... Interpersonal relations
  251-299... Social psychology
  736... Small groups
  503-1064... Marriage, the family, and women
        755.84... Children's relations with parents
        767.8-792.2...Children and child development
              783... Socialization and social learning
              784... Other aspects of childhood, including self-reliance, security, and
            social interaction
        793-799.2... Adolescents and teenagers
              799.15... Adolescents' relations with parents
              799.2... Special topics, including drug use, peer pressure, and suicide
  40-69... Social work
  547... Self-help groups
  689-690... Psychiatric social work
  697-4630... Social and public welfare -- Protection, assistance and relief -- Special classes
        697-700.7... Families  
        701-1420.5... Children
        1421-1441... Teenagers
  6570... Sexual abuse and exploitation of children
  6626... Domestic violence
        6626.5... Child abuse
  7248... Social work with juvenile delinquents and criminals
  1-570... Pediatrics
        101-103... Child health and child health services
        499-507... Mental health disorders of children and adolescents

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