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SOC2230: Introduction to Human Services: Books & Encyclopedias

Finding Books & Media

Finding Books & E-Books About Social Work

Books can be a great place to find information on topics of interest, but they don't need to see so daunting as they might! 

It's not always necessary to read an entire book, when a chapter or section may give you the information you need.

We have a growing number of e-books in our collection that can let you get started on your research from anywhere and save you a trip to campus.

Search Everything: Find Books & Media, Articles, and More!

Tutorial: eBooks @ The Cheng Library

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eBooks @ The Cheng Library

Learn about our ever-growing collection of eBooks in this short tutorial!

Locating Books, E-Books & Media

  1. Rather than walking around the library, hoping to find what you need, instead start your search on our homepage: 
  2. Use the dropdown menu to change your search to just Books & Media

  3. Enter keywords that describe what you're looking for, such as "social work" and "community health".  
    • Put quotation marks around phrases of two or more words ("mental health").
    • Quotation marks are not necessary around single keywords.
    • Be careful when putting quotation marks around long phrases.
  4. Check your results to find relevant items.
    • E-books are listed as "Available Online".  See our ebooks Tutorial for more information!
    • Print books will include a call number (for example: 2nd Floor - Circulating ; RC607.A26 G46 2006).
    • You can also limit your search in a variety of ways using the Refine Your Results section on the side!

Overview Sources

Overview sources are great for quickly learning about the important aspects of a topic or for learning about new ones.  Common types of overview sources are encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, etc.  

Here are a few suggested titles to get you started!