Resources in Social Work

  • Spring Semester Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8:30am-11pm; Fri: 8:30am-6pm; Sat: 11am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-11pm
  •   SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101)
  • (217) 244-1864


Find Articles

Collections of Journals: Databases

Use databases to search multiple online journals at the same time. Find articles about a specific topic by using keywords, subject headings, authors, and more.

Electronic Journals (E-Journals)

Search or browse individual online journals.



Find Background Information

Reference sources, online or in print, include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and directories. These are great starting points for background information about a specific topic.



Browse Useful Websites

Websites may provide statistics, data, articles, documents, and other information about a specific field of study or employment. Associations, societies, institutions, and government websites are particularly useful.

Develop Research Skills

Research guides provide suggestions for finding and using information about a specific subject or for a specific class. These guides may also give instructions on how to find a specific type of source (e.g. theses) or how to use a specific resource (e.g. Web of Science).

Social Work Research Guides

General Research Guides

Class Guides



Use Additional Library Resources

Find Books and Other Material

Search for books, journals, and media by title, author, subject, keywords, material type, or publication date.

Social Work Library Newsletters

Released each semester, newsletters highlight events, library news, and research tips.

Social Work Related Libraries and Library Services

Other libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign also have social work-related materials and services to assist with your research.



Learn About Other Resources on Campus

Learn about social work resources, research, and services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.




About the Social Work Collection

The social work collection supports the teaching and research requirements of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work. To this end, comprehensive collections are maintained for child welfare, health care, community mental health, school social work, social welfare administration, social policy analysis and implementation, and social planning. The majority of the estimated 45,000 volumes which comprise the collection are housed in the Main Library Bookstacks. Approximately 5,000 contemporary English-language books and the recent years of print journals in social work are located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library.

Please direct all comments or requests for information to Kelly McCusker, or 217-244-1868.