Whether you are interested in healthcare reform, federal housing
assistance or the child welfare system, researching topics in social welfare
policy requires an interdisciplinary approach, encompassing resources from both
the social welfare and public policy fields. Fortunately, the University
Libraries has extensive collections in both fields.
As always, our reference collection is an ideal place to start you
research. Reference resources provide an overview of a topic, including
history, key terms and important events. The International
Encyclopedia of Social Policy contains over 700 entries on topics in social policy from around the
world written by leading specialists, providing authoritative coverage of
concepts, policy actors, welfare institutions and services. The Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and
Social Welfare ,a four volume set, provides an
overview of the social work field. The fourth volume focuses on social policy
and policy practice and provides a substantive overview of the issues.
The Libraries have many books all aspects of social welfare policy,
which can be found through Minerva, our online catalog. Some recent additions to
the collection include:
Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare edited
by Karen M. Sowers and Catherine N. Dulmus. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons,
c2008. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 40 C635 2008.
The Politics of Social Welfare in America by Glenn David
Mackin. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Online / HV 95 M254 2013
The Politics of Policy Change: Welfare, Medicare, and Social Security Reform
in the United States by Daniel Beland and Alex Waddan. Washington, DC:
Georgetown University Press, c2012. Dewey Library / HN 65 B423 2012.
The Dilemma of American Social Welfare by William M. Epstein. New
Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2012. Dewey Library / HV 91 E67 2012.
Poverty in Common: The Politics of Community Action during the American
Century by Alyosha Goldstein. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. University
Library / HC 110 P63 G6593 2012.
Voices for Children: Rhetoric and Public Policy by William T.
Gormley, Jr. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, c2012. Dewey Library
/ HV 741 G645 2012.
The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism by Colin
Hay and Daniel Wincott. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. University Library
/ JC 479 H389 2012.
Policy Creation and Evaluation: Understanding Welfare Reform in the
United States by Richard Hoefer. New York: Oxford University Press,
c2012. Dewey Library / HV 95 H553 2012.
Finding journal articles on social welfare policy requires searching
databases in both the public policy and social welfare fields, including:
CRS Reports covers Congressional Research Service reports, which are
provided to members of Congress at their request. Each is an objective,
nonpartisan analysis on an issue considered by congress.
International provides references to books, journal articles, government
documents, and privately published research reports on almost any topic that
has a public affairs dimension. It is international in coverage.
Services Abstracts bibliographic coverage of current research focused on
social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare,
social policy, and community development.
Abstracts covers journals and dissertations in social work and related
disciplines from the NASW.
Women’s Issues offers content from
mainstream periodicals, alternative press, hard-to-find newsletters and NGO
research reports. It focuses on the critical issues and events that influence
women including health, the workplace, parenting, human rights, reproductive
rights and legal issues.
Academic provides access to over
10,000 news, business, and legal sources, including national and international
newspapers, law review articles, the federal register, federal codes, statutes
and regulations. It also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations
service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789 which tracks all
references and treatments of the case as well as if it has been overturned.
Popline provides worldwide coverage of population,
family planning, and related health issues, including family planning
technology and programs, fertility, and population law and policy. In addition,
POPLINE focuses on particular developing-country issues including demography,
AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, maternal and child health,
primary health care communication, and population and environment.
provides access to over 800 law reviews and journals, all federal and state
cases including U.S. Supreme Court cases, statutes from all 50 states and D.C.
and administrative codes from all 44 states, the full body of federal
administrative regulations, and over 50,000 pages of current regulatory,
administrative, and executive materials generated by key federal entities. It
also provides access to newspapers, magazines, newswires and local and
nationals broadcast transcripts.
More information on researching social welfare policy topics, including
finding statistics, analysis, think tanks and advocacy groups, can be found on
the Social Welfare
LibGuides and the Public
Administration and Policy LibGuides.
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