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Theory Informed Direct Practice: SSWG 5101 and SSWG 5102

Recommended library resources for theory-informed social work direct practice with individuals and families

Course Books

Ebook User Guides

For this course, below are the user guides to the library Ebook collections:

Free to read (Open Access or OER) books may be useful reference and are available from OpenStax, OpenTextbooks and other sources. Also check out E-Textbooks at Temple University Libraries and search in Library Search.

Required Textbooks

Additional SSWG 5102 textbook

Books with assigned chapters

Older editions of books listed on course syllabus

Theories and Concepts

Here are recommended books to learn about theories and concepts related to individuals and families.

Search for Ebooks

Library Search will find ebooks from all of the sources to which Temple has access. You can search title words, topics, subjects and author names.  The results are first displayed by "Relevance", but you can order the results by date.

Library Search Tips:

  • Use the filters along the left hand side of the results OR use advanced search fields to make the search more specific.
  • Use Subclass HV, Library of Congress (LC) Classification (Call Numbers) for Social Work
    • Counseling   BF636.5-7
    • Social Work   Subclass HV
      • Social Policy HV13-19
      • Specific problems and services to specific groups HV697-3024
      • Ethnic and racial minorities HV3176-3199; Families HV697-700.7; Group Work HV45
      • Poverty, low-income, homelessness HV1-4630
      • Practice of social work, including casework HV43-435
    • Social Services   HV40-69
    • Social Welfare   Subclass HV
    • General Social Problems Subclass HN
    • Social Welfare Problems and Social Action  Subclass HN
    • Criminology   HV6001-7220
    • Criminal Justice Issues   HV6001-9960
    • Penal & Related Institutions   HV8301-9920
  • Search for LC Subject Headings (LCSH) to use in Library Search or, from the result for Books & Media Library Search, select linked terms that appear in the subject field.

Can't find something?

Ask a Librarian or explore other sources on our Ebooks Finding and Using Guide.

Direct Practice Journals

Browzine - Journal App

Benefits of using Browzine

Browzine logo

  • Browse titles by subject to easily find journals of interest
  • Easily view table of contents of current and past journals
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals
  • Save articles to EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, RefWorks, Dropbox, and other services
  • Share with other researchers by posting to Facebook, Twitter and more
  • Access both Temple library subscribed journals and open access journals.


To create a web account at

  • Select Temple University from the 'Choose Library' menu.
  • Log in with your AccessNet ID.

Browzine App for Mobile Devices

Finding Tips

Ways to find Social Work related journals and trade publications

Key social work and related journals are listed on this guide.  Six search strategies include:

  1. Listing in course syllabus and course readings.
  2. Use Library Search Journal Finder to search for the titles of journals, newspapers, trade publications, magazines, and more.
  3. Use Library of Congress Subject Headings for subjects and genre/form (periodicals) with keywords


  1. Use Ulrich's Periodical Directory to look up journal titles and the databases to access them.
    Use Scimago Journal & Country Rank or Web of Science Journal Citation Reports to view rankings of Social Work journals
  2. Browse Browzine journals by Social Work and related subject categories.
  3. For free to read Open Access journals and materials try: