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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.

4) Get articles, books, and journals

NYU Libraries has over 4 million physical volumes, over 2 million eBooks, over 100,000 journal subscriptions, and over 1,500 research databases.

On this page, you will learn how to use BobCat, the library catalog, to search for these materials, how to access them, as well as other useful services.

On the next page, 5) Reading and Writing, you will discover techniques for reading scholarly and research literature as well as resources for writing effectively in your field.

How to Find Full-Text

When you're reviewing your database search results and find an article you want, look for a full-text icon which can look something like this Example of full-text iconography, a yellow page with a fold on the upper right corner. or this Example of full-text iconography, the Adobe Acrobat logo..

If there's no full-text icon, look for this button  Grey button with white letters for NYU. The button connects to the library's collection., which will search NYU Libraries' overall online and print subscriptions for the full text of that article.

Many journals published before 1995 are only available in print format.  Back issues of journals in print format are shelved with books in the stacks so you will need to search for the journal title in BobCat to get a call number so you can find the bound journal on the shelf.

When all else fails...

If you cannot find the article or book you need, try these services:

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service through which you can obtain materials (books, articles, and more) from other libraries. If it's an article, we'll email it to you, usually within a few days of your request. For books, we recommend EZBorrow (see below) but in a rush, you can use ILL to request a book chapter.


EZBorrow is a service that allows NYU users to search the combined catalogs of more than 50 research and academic libraries, and request books not available at NYU. EZBorrow is the fastest way to get a book not available from NYU Libraries. Books are delivered to Bobst within 3 to 5 business days.