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Why Use Reference Books?

  • They provide overviews of topics so you can familiarize yourself before attempting more in-depth research.
  • They provide definitions and quick facts related to a topic.
  • They identify keywords that you can use as possible search terms in the HACC Catalog and databases.
  • They recommend additional reputable resources that are related to your topic.

e-Reference Books

Encyclopedia of Social Work

Available in print at Harrisburg and Lancaster
The 400 articles in this 4-volume set covers all aspects of social, work frompractice and interventions, social environments, social conditions and challenges, to social policy and history.

A Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care (Online)

This new edition has been fully revised and updated to provide over 1,800 A-Z definitions of terms from the field of social care, concentrating on social work as a significant area within this field.

Addictions, substance abuse & alcoholism (Online)

The Second Edition contains 425 alphabetically arranged essays on a variety of topics, including substances of abuse, treatment and addiction overviews, organizations and foundations dedicated to treatment and prevention, physiological and psychological issues and behaviors, trends and statistics, and social contexts and concerns related to substance abuse and treatment such as advertising and media influence, aging, ethnicity, and children and substance abuse.