Welcome. You can use this guide to begin your research or book an appointment to work on your research with Martha Attridge Bufton, your subject specialist. She can help you find the research materials you need for your assignments and papers: see the side menu for her contact information.
See our Library Guide for Social Work for a listing of library resources including bibliographies, dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Visit GreyNet for an international directory of organizations in grey literature.
Additional library guides:
Here is a small sample of books found in the library's collection that are related to social work:
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Start your search in Social Work Abstracts which is the key database for this discipline and broaden it by looking at the literature in psychology. Both CPI-Q and CBCA Complete have Canadian content. PAIS International has public policy-related articles.
For human rights publications, search HuriSearch.
Click on the Databases tab for a list of other sources to find social work journal articles.
Visit Greynet for an international directory of organizations in grey literature
The following journals are recommended by faculty in the School of Social Work. Some of these publications are available only in either print or online while others are available in both formats.
CCPA Monitor (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
If there is an historical component to your research, you might consider sources from the following institutions:
Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has a mandate to acquire and preserve Aborginal heritage and offers:
In addition, LAC also collects a wide assortment of materials on and by different ethno-cultural groups. This material includes: immigration records and guides, identity files, muster rolls, travel guides, passenger lists, land grants, etc.
Carleton University Archives and Research Collections
Rare books, special collections, and interlibrary loan materials are available for use within the Archives reading room in 503 MacOdrum Library. The collection offers the following title related to social work in its rare book collection.
Testing for understanding. A sound recording produced by the Council on Social Work Education in 1969.
Centre for Research Libraries
The Centre for Research Libraries, located in Chicago, Illinois, purchases specialized primary source materials rarely held by North American libraries. Carleton faculty and students can obtain these resources via extended interlibrary loan. Here is sample of materials in the CRL collection that are related to social work:
Depending upon your research, materials found in Library and Archives Canada, the Carleton University Archives and Research Collections and the Centre for Research Libraires could be used as either primary or secondary sources.
The Data Centre acquires, manages, and preserves quantitative computer-readable data files from the various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences and provides data-related services as needed to support research and instruction at Carleton.
To find government policies, check the following:
In addition, the following federal government departments or organizations have responsibility for issues related to social work:
Federal responsibilities include making laws "for the peace, order and good government of Canada,” except for those assigned to the provincial governments including:
For links to federal and provincial legislation, click on "Law: Legislation and Regulations" on the Law Subject Guide.
Other provincial sites
National Film Board of Canada
The National Film Board of Canada's online screening room allows you to watch hundreds of films free online documentaries, animated and alternatiave drama films.
Carleton University film collection
Our collection contains many films related to social work including:
Abuse and Violence
Children and Youth
Immigration and resettlement
Copies of the most recent versions of the major academic style manuals (e.g., APA, Chicago, MLA, Turabian) are available at the Research Help Desk (2nd floor, MacOdrum Library).
Guides to citing online materials