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Social Work -- BSW: Finding Books

Basic search tips and strategies for social work students.

Search Dugan Library

Look for books and videos in Dugan Library!

Searching for Books in Dugan Library

LC Call Numbers

Sample Subject Headings

  • Social Work Administration
  • Social Service
  • Social Policy
  • Social Planning
  • People with Social Disabilities
  • Older people
  • Child Welfare
  • Welfare and Society
  • Human Rights
  • Social Case Work
  • Family Social Work

Search Tips

  • Use a ‘browse’ search to a specific title or author
  • Keyword searches are a great way to start
  • It’s always a good idea to physically browse a subject area and look at the books
  • The majority of the library books are in the general collection, but we have many special collections (Cardinal Newman Collection, Reference, Juvenile, Thesis, Videos and more)
  • Special collections are shelved separately from the general collection
  • If you can’t find a book on the shelf, be sure to ask a library worker for help!

WorldCat Discovery

Search WorldCat to discover books not owned by our library.  You can submit a request to borrow items from other libraries.  This is a free service for NU students.

The video above reviews how to request a book from another library.

Where to Browse

B is the call number range for philosophy, psychology & religion

  • BF--Psychology

H is the call number range for social sciences

  • H--Social Science, General
  • HM--Sociology, General
  • HN--Social History & Conditions, Social Problems, Social Reform
  • HQ--The Family, Marriage, Women
  • HS--Societies: Secret, Benevolent, etc.
  • HT--Communities, Classes, Races
  • HV--Social Pathology, Social & Public Welfare

These books are located on the 2nd floor of the library!

LC Subject Classification

Library of Congress Subject Classification

A General Works
B Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
C Archeology, Genealogy
D History: General, World
E-F History: Western Hemisphere
G Geography, Anthropology
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
K Law
L Education
M Music
N Fine Arts
P Language & Literature
Q Science
R Medicine
S Agriculture
T Technology
U Military Science
V Naval Science
Z Library Science


Once you find a book you're interested in, be sure to examine the books nearby.  You might find something valuable that didn't turn up in your catalog search!