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Social Policy & Practice

Social Sciences Librarian

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Sam Kirk
Van Pelt Library
Room 211

Welcome to the Social Policy and Practice Guide

Background Resources

A guide to core reference works, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks in the field.


Connections to major subject-specific and multidisciplinary databases which index journal articles, books, book reviews, and more.


Instructions on locating, downloading, and printing e-books, as well as an exploration of subject headings and the Library of Congress classification system.

Streaming Video

A compilation of our streaming video collections, from instructional videos on psychological experiments to VR experiences to feature-length documentaries.


Connection to our Social Policy guide, which delves into finding legislative documents, reports from think tanks, policy scholarship, and more.

Statistics, Data, and Mapping

A large compilation of datasets, analysis tools, resources for mapping and visualizing data, and more.

Literature Reviews

A guide to both locating and writing literature reviews. Includes a section on resources for conducting systematic reviews.

Tests and Measurements

Connection to our interdisciplinary Tests and Measurements guide, which contains guidance on finding tests and measures within well-known databases, as well as resources entirely devoted to indexing tests and scales.

APA Style and Writing

One-stop shop for all things APA style and writing guides.

Primary Sources and Archives

Archival collections relating to issues of social welfare, social work, social policy, and nonprofit organizations.

Evidence-Based Practice

Tools, websites, and books on how to locate and conduct evidence-based studies.

Library Services

Links to two external guides: one dedicated to services for faculty, and the other dedicated to services for graduate students. Many of the graduate student services are also available to undergraduates.


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