Answered By: Melanee Vicedo
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2015     Views: 102

General Information

“100 Years of Social Work at USC”

  • Students will find it in their VAC (for online students) or Blackboard (for on-the-ground students) classrooms.
  • There is no electronic copy in the library, nor can it be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.
  • The students will receive the best guidance directly from his or her instructor if they don’t find it in the online classroom.


  • Social Work uses APA-style citations. The APA Citation Guide will help students with different source formats.
  • Another good source of APA support is OWL at Purdue.
  • On occasion, the APA Blog might be helpful.

Course Reserves

  • Course Reserves, (USC Libraries' online reserve system) is used in almost all social work classes for required readings (though not all classes, particularly field practicum and advanced standing courses).
  • It is organized by lead instructor, not the student’s instructor. The easiest way to search and add courses is to simply select Social Work under “Department,” and leave the other fields blank. All of the social work courses will appear, and the student can select the course number he or she needs.
  • This is explained in the video on the homepage of the Social Work Library Guide

Demographics and statistics

Evidence-based practices

  • The best sources regarding interventions, programs, or evidence-based practices (EBPs), are listed under the Evidence-based Practices section of the Social Work Library Guide.

Information on a theory

  • To locate research about a particular theory in relation to behavioral or mental illness or issue, especially for a specific course, see the SOWK 503/505 course guide or the SOWK 506 course guide. 
  • Summaries, background, and general information on a theory, explore the following reference resources Gale Virtual Reference Library or Encyclopedia of Social Work (click Electronic access). Ultimately you have to apply your knowledge of a theory to the illness/issue (that is in fact the assignment).


  • The best way to search for these is to include the keywords “treatment OR intervention” in the database search, along with the keywords about the illness or condition.
  • PsycINFO is the best database for this type of search.

Tests and Measurements

  • The Tests & Measurements section of the Social Work Library Guide is the best place to start.
  • Once you are there, search in PsycTESTS.
  • Tests are copyrighted. If you cannot find the full-text of the test via databases, journal articles and PsycTESTS, you may have to purchase the test directly from the publisher.

Social Work Librarians:

  • Rebecca Halpern, Librarian for VAC (online program): Phone: 213-821-6811
  • Callie Wiygul, Librarian for academic centers (Orange County, San Diego, Skirball, and UPC):  Phone: 213-821-0494

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