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This guide provides an introduction to selected print and online sources available for Social Work studies research in the Sterne Library. It will be of particular value to students enrolled in SW 203 "Social Welfare History," a course offered by the UAB Anthropology and Social Work department.
Some of the resources included in this guide are available as electronic subscriptions or databases through SCOTTY <http://www.mhsl.uab.edu>, Sterne Library's online information system. Off-campus access to these electronic sources is restricted to current UAB students, faculty, and staff.
For assistance in using the resources listed in this guide or identifying additional sources for research, ask at the Reference/Information Desk. Questions may be submitted through the "Ask Us" section on the Sterne Library Web site as well.
To locate Sterne Library print materials related to Social Work studies, use the Local Catalog via SCOTTY, <http://www.mhsl.uab.edu> Sterne Library's online information system. The books preceded by Ref can be found on the first floor of the Mervyn H. Sterne Library. All circulating books are on the third floor.
You have 2 basic search options:
1) Enter the phrase "social work" for a Keyword search; OR
Note the "quotation marks".
2) View a list of books by using the following Library of Congress Subject Headings to conduct Subject searches:
Additional suggested subject headings are:
|[Heading]--[Subheading]||Social work with [group]|
|Examples:||Human services--United States||Social work with African Americans|
|Public welfare--Alabama||Social work with criminals|
|Social policy||Social work with drug addicts|
|United States--Social policy||Social work with older people|
Sample Reference titles:
- The Social Work Dictionary / by Robert L. Barker. Ref HV 12 .B37 2003
- The New American State Papers : Social Policy. Ref HN 57 .U55 1972
- Public Policy in the United States : at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century / Mark E. Rushefsky. Ref JK 468 .P64 R87 2002
- Welfare Reform / Ann Chih Lin, editor ; Kristin S. Seefeldt, author. Ref HV 95 .S4 2002
Sample circulating titles:
- The Altruistic Imagination : a History of Social Work and Social Policy in the United States / John H. Ehrenreich. HV 91 .E38 1985
- From Charity to Enterprise : the Development of American Social Work in a Market Economy / Stanley Wenocur and Michael Reisch. HV 91 .W49 1989
- From Poor Law to Welfare State : a History of Social Welfare in America / Walter I. Trattner. HV 91 .T7 1984
You can search the Local Catalog for journal titles and audiovisual material located in Sterne Library and Educational Technology Services (ETS) as well.
The following databases, indexes, and abstracts provide citations and, in some cases, full text of articles related to Social Work studies. Some of the sources listed here may include references to books, essays in books, or other types of publications.
- Academic Search Premier Ipswich, MA : EBSCO Publishing, 1984 - Present.
- Social Sciences Citation Index Philadelphia, PA : Institute for Scientific Information, 19?? - Present. REF Z7161 .S65 (1982-2000) Electronic Subscription (1995- present)
- Social Sciences Full Text New York : H.W. Wilson Co., 1984 - Present (abstract coverage began in 1994).
This is a representative sample, not a full listing, of journals to which Sterne Library subscribes which pertain to Social Work studies. Unless otherwise noted, all journals are located on the 2nd Floor of Sterne Library, either in the bound collection or on microfilm. Journals and holdings information can be found by performing a Journal Title search in the Local Catalog. When searching them and combining terms, you should use the word AND.
- Journal of Social Service Research St. Louis, MO : Haworth Press, 1977 - Present. HV 1 .J58 (1984-2005) ; Electronic Periodical (2005-present)
- Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare West Hartford, CT : University of Connecticut, School of Social Work, 1973 - Present. HN 1 .J63 (1973-present)
- Social Work New York, NY : National Association of Social Workers, 1956 - Present HV 1 .S644 (1956-present)
Federal Government e-Publications
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications http://catalog.gpo.gov/F
By placing "quotation marks" around a keyword phrase and combining that with the Boolean operator, AND, and http, you will be able to locate Federal government publications available online. Also, remember that the Birmingham Public Library is a Federal Depository Library and government documents in print might be available there
V.1. Includes the Social Security Act, selected provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, and index to the Social Security Act.
V.2. This volume includes provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and other public laws and statutes cited in, and affecting administration of, the Social Security Act. Also includes appendices.
Provides information about Federal assistance programs, including: social security; medicare; supplemental security income; unemployment compensation; railroad retirement; trade adjustment assistance; Aid to Families with Dependent Children; child support enforcement; child care; child protection, foster care and adoption assistance; tax provisions; and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. 108th Congress, 2d Session
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs http://www.adeca.state.al.us/default.aspx
ADECA administers Federal funds from the Community Development Block Grant Program provided by Congress and the state legislature to meet the needs of the people of Alabama. Municipalities and counties that meet thresholds (the only eligible applicants) may apply for a wide range of public facilities in instances where the people directly benefited are primarily of low and moderate income. Among the type of projects eligible for funding are water systems extensions and sewer collector lines, street and drainage improvements, and housing rehabilitation.
Alabama Department of Human Resources http://www.dhr.state.al.us/Index.asp
This department was created in 1935 to administer the assistance programs that were part of the Social Security Act. Some programs have changed over the years to meet the changing needs of Alabama. However, the agency's primary goal has always been and always will be to help people in need through such services as child care services, child support services, child & adult protective services, foster care, adoption, family services & assistance, and food stamps
ABSWE is a regulatory organization comprised of licensed social work practitioners whose mission is to enforce qualification standards for all levels of licensure and certification; protect the public from incompetent, unethical and unlawful social work practice; and delineate unlawful conduct through disciplinary procedures against practitioners who violate applicable laws or rules.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance http://188.8.131.52/cfda/cfda.html
The online CFDA is a database that provides access to all federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. Use it to find the desired program then contact the office that administers the program to find out how to apply. While there are a limited number of programs offering direct loans to individuals, most programs provide funds to state and local governments or other organizations to manage the distribution of assistance according to local needs
Child Welfare Information Gateway http://www.childwelfare.gov/
A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this Federal agency promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as concerned citizens to timely, essential information. This site provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, and online databases covering a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, adoption, search and reunion, and much more
GovBenefits.gov is a collaborative effort of 10 Federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Labor (managing partner), Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, State, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration designed to provide citizens with one, easily accessible source for government benefit and assistance information. This website includes information on programs for veterans, senior citizens, students, teachers, children, people with disabilities, dependents, disaster victims, farmers, caregivers, job seekers, prospective homeowners, and more. Search by locating Federal or state benefits, browse by category, or immediately take the questionnaire. By answering a list of confidential questions you can determine potential eligibility and receive a customized report detailing the programs you, or the person you are helping, may be eligible to receive and information on how to apply
Health & Human Services, U.S. Department of http://www.hhs.gov/
DHHS is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human
services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
Historical DHHS highlights relating to social work:
Passage of An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen, which established a federal network of hospitals for the care of merchant seamen, the forerunner of today's U.S. Public Health Service
President Theodore Roosevelt's first White House Conference urged creation of the Children's Bureau to combat exploitation of children (P.L. 62-116)
Passage of the Social Security Act to provide for the general welfare by establishing a system of Federal old-age benefits, and by enabling the States to make adequate provision for aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of unemployment compensation laws; to establish a Social Security Board
Creation of the Food Stamp Program (P.L. 88-525)
Enactment of the Family Support Program which emphasizes work, child support, and encourages parents to obtain education, training, and employment needed to avoid long-term welfare dependence through the JOBS (Job Opportunities and Basic Skills) Training Program (P.L. 100-485)
Enactment of welfare reform under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (P.L. 104-193)
Passage of the Child and Family Services Improvement Act to improve outcomes for children in families affected by methamphetamine abuse and addiction and to reauthorize the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program (P.L. 109-288)
The primary source materials for discovering the history of U.S. social welfare is located in legal texts. Most of our current welfare programs began with the enactment of the Social Security Act of 1935. The assistance programs which resulted from this legistation were developed to help an American public that was suffering through the financial hardships of the Great Depression. To uncover the origins of these policies and programs, you need to do a little detective work known as "tracing legislation"
EXAMPLE: Foster Care Independence Act of 1999
THOMAS ( http://thomas.loc.gov/ ) Legislative information from the Library of Congress OR LexisNexis Congressional & Legal Research
H.R. 3443 To amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to provide States with more funding and greater flexibility in carrying out programs designed to help children make the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency
P.L. 106-169 / 113 STAT. 1822 (GPO)
United States Code, Title 42 - The Public Health and Welfare, Chapter 7 - Social SecurityCode of Federal Regulations, Title 45 - Public Welfare
42 USC 677 John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (Cornell U/LII)45 CFR 1355.25 Principles of child and family services
(c) Services promote the healthy development of children and youth, promote permanency for all children and help prepare youth emancipating from the foster care system for self-sufficiency and independent living
ALISON (Alabama Legislative Information System Online) Search the Alabama Constitution of 1901, The Code of Alabama 1975, and current activities in the Alabama state legislature OR LexisNexis Legal Research
Code of Alabama, Title 38 - Public Welfare, Chapter 7 - Child CareCode of Ala. § 38-7-19 Powers of department as to transitional living facilitiesAlabama Administrative Code, Chapter 660 - Alabama Department of Human Resources
The Department of Human Resources may . . . operate residences to be used as transitional living facilities to provide transitional living program services to an eligible child . . .Ala. Admin. Code 660-5-48 Smooth transitions into adulthood
The "system of care" shall promote smooth transitions for class members to adult service systems and/or independent living when class members "age out" of the system
Vickey L. Baggott, Government Documents & Law Librarian
Created January 2007
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