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Social Work

This guide provides descriptions of commonly used library resources for practice, research, and scholarship in the field of Social Work.


Below are selected resources available through The New York Public Library to support your research and help you stay up-to-date with the professional literature. For more information about resources and services, please visit

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Online Resources Available from Home: Scholarly Journals, Reference and Books


Online Resources: Available Onsite at the New York Public Library


Finding Online Journals, Newspapers, Periodicals and Scholarly E-Books

The Find E-Journals and E-Books by Title Page is the best place to locate journals in electronic format and scholarly e-books.

  • Searching and Browsing: This page allows you to search by:
    • Title or ISSN/ISBN
    • By journals only, books only, or both
    • You can also browse by letter or subject
  • Searching for Periodicals: Although the title of the page says "journals" this page will help you find electronic versions of journals, newspapers, and other periodicals. When you find the title of the serial you are looking for the description will display the following:
    • The date coverage
    • The database the serial is in (click on the database name to access the serial)
    • Whether the database is available remotely or onsite only
  • Searching for Scholarly E-Books
    • ‚ÄčIf you are looking for books by scholarly publishers or text books this is the place to do it. Many of these books you will not find in NYPL's other e-book applications, such as Simply-E, Overdrive or 3M because they are part of collections specifically curated for different research topics.

Scholarly Ebook Collections Available from Home

Research Catalog

Most collections may be found through the NYPL Research Catalog. Note that Advanced Search will yield more refined results.

Research Catalog

The ReCAP Shared Collection

Use the Library's new Shared Collection Catalog to find and request physical and digital delivery of items from NYPL Research Libraries, Columbia University Libraries and Princeton University Libraries. Read more about the ReCAP Shared Collection here.

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Accessing E-Resources: NYPL Website

You can see all of the databases that the New York Public Library has to offer by viewing the New York Public Library's Articles and Databases Page.


Remote Access Databases with this icon are accessible remotely with a valid NYPL card and PIN.

Lion Databases with this icon are accessible onsite only at all or specific NYPL locations. You will not need your library card, and you can use your own laptop for most onsite access.