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Social Policy & Practice : Overview

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Reference Works


Handbooks contain concise overview essays on theory, research methods, instruction, or established research.

Organizational Profiles

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About this guide

Social Policy & Practice resources include databases and indexes; reference works or handbooks with overview essays and bibliographies; diagnostic materials; legislative research tools; statistical, data, and mapping resources; and Penn Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations and SP2 Departmental Papers on ScholarlyCommons.

Finding Books / Finding Articles

Find a book:  1) Franklin. If unavailable, order via 2) BorrowDirect or E-ZBorrow. No results? Search 3) WorldCat, a catalog of libraries worldwide, and request via ILL. Want us to buy it? 4) Suggest a Purchase.

Find an article:  1) PennText ArticleFinder or search 2) Franklin Articles+ or Google Scholar. No luck? 3) Look up the eJournal in Franklin. If we do not have access, 4) Request an article scan from another library.

Frequently Searched Databases for Social Policy & Social Work


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