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Social Work: Home

Subject guide for social work


Welcome to our social work subject guide. It will show you the best ways to find information for your studies and highlight where you should start looking. You can work through the guide from the beginning, or dip in as required. The guide is also intended to help you think about what types of sources we need, how to find them and in brief, how to evaluate them. Using good sources of information is essential for your academic work and will help to improve the quality of your assignments.

Does the information that we consume daily provide us with a balanced crossection of what is hapening in the world? Has anything changed since 2011 when this talk was delivered?

Something to get you thinking

Reading lists - suggested reading

All academic units link to an online reading list, containing details of both key and supplementary reading. However you will also be expected to look for sources independently, and this guide is your starting point for that.

You can access reading lists via their respective units on Brightspace or by using the reading list search tool (make sure you check the unit number as some reading lists have very similar titles).

Quick links

Brightspace (Library pages)

MySearch (designed to search multiple resources at one time)

Library web pages (external web site)

Reading lists (online lists for all units)

Study skills guide (Support materials and sign up)

BU Harvard referencing guide

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences Library Team