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Human Services



LIBRARY CATALOG: Search for materials in the COD library or in libraries worldwide.

Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books)
I-SHARE (formerly Illinet Online): Get books from over 80 Illinois academic libraries
Interlibrary Loan, to get books and journal articles from other libraries around the country.


Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Ed. (DSM-V)
Ready Reference RC 455.2 .C4 D54 2013

Dictionary of Conflict Resolution

Dictionary of Hallucinations. Reference RC 553 .H3 B56 2010

Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care. Reference HV 12 .H37 2013

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Encyclopedia of Abortion in the United States. Reference HQ 767.5 .U5 P35 2002

Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues

Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. (2005)

Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior

Encyclopedia of HIV and AIDS

Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. (2014)

Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

Encyclopedia of Mind Enhancing Foods, Drugs and Nutritional Substances. (2015)

Encyclopedia of Psychopharmacology (2010)

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. . Reference HV 12 .E497 2005

Encyclopedia of Social Work

Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups

Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Reference HM 626 .E538 2009

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health.. Reference RC 437 .G36

Human Services Dictionary. Reference HV 12 .R67 2003

International Encyclopedia of Depression Reference RC 573 .I573 2009

Key Concepts in Anti-Discriminatory Social Work

Key Concepts in Health Psychology

Key Concepts in Social Work Practice. CCIC HV 40 .K 4248 2013

Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia. (2013)

National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs. Reference HV 5825 .N323

The Oxford Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care. Reference HV 12 .H37 2013

Poverty and the Government in America: A Historical Encyclopedia

Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics and Policy. Reference HC 110 .P6 P598 2004

Routledge Spanish Bilingual Dictionary of Psychology and Psychiatry. Reference BF 31 .K356 2011

Sage Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence. (2015)

The Social Work Dictionary. Reference HV 12 .B37 2014

Social Workers' Desk Reference. Reference HV 40 .S6464 2009


You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.


PsycInfo. An index to journals in human services, counseling, psychology and related fields. Provides primarily references and abstracts for articles. Some articles are available full-text or online. There are also references and abstracts for book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Use the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms (located online in PsycINFO) to locate acceptable terms for your research topic.

SocIndex with Full-Text (1974-present). References & abstracts for journals for political science and other related social science disciplines.

Other Databases

Academic OneFile (formerly Expanded Academic Index ASAP). An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including anthropology. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost]1984 to present; 1990 to present- full text). Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science.

Border and Migration Studies This database has streaming videos and other print content on various aspects of life along borders.

Directory of Open Access Journals (free full-text journal articles)

National Newspapers Core (ProQuest). This includes the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Policybot. This is a database of over 18,000 public policy reports and documents, most of them full-text & free online.

Project MUSE. Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

Use the following links for further assistance.

More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases
Does the COD Library own the journal that I need?
Explanation of Scholarly Journals
Explanation of the Difference Between Magazines and Journals
How to Read a Research Study Article


Anthropology (information on ethnic groups)
Caregiver Resources
Controversial Topics
Criminal Justice
Political Science
Racism and Discrimination
Religious Studies
Social Justice
Social Science Research Methods
Statistics for Demographics and Business/Economics
Urban Studies
Women and Gender Studies


Background Readings
Advocacy reading one
Advocacy reading two
Advocacy Advertising
Advocacy Coalition Framework
Advocacy Networks
Building Community through Advocacy
Child Advocacy
Citizen Advocacy and Civil Society
Consumer Advocacy
Global Child Advocacy
Human Rights
The Internet as a Political Advocacy Forum
Legal Advocacy
Parental Advocacy
Strategic Planning for Advocacy
Transnational Advocacy Organizations

Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. (2007)
The COD Library Philanthropy Collection
Social Justice research guide


COD Library Research Guide on Health and Society

Background Readings
Aging and the Aged
Current Controversies: Assisted Suicide. General R 726 .A 8533 2012
Current controversies: The Elderly. General HQ 1064 .U 5 E 39653 2011
Elder Abuse
Geriatrics and Gerontology
Opposing Viewpoints: The Aging Population. General HQ 1061 .A 4298 2014
Old Age
Senior Citizen Issues
Social Gerontology
Social Services for Seniors
The Sociology of Aging

Reference Sources
Aging statistics
Aging in America. (more statistics) Reference HQ 1060 .A 333 2014
Cambridge Handbook of Age and Aging Reference HQ 1061 .C315 2005
Death and Dying Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Health Information. General R 726.8 .D 3785
Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. Reference HQ 799.95 .E 53 2016
Encyclopedia of Aging: a Comprehensive Resource in Gerontology and Geriatrics (2006)
Encyclopedia of Aging and Public Health
Encyclopedia of Elder Care Reference RC 954 .E 53 2014
Encyclopedia of Gerontology. Reference RC 952.5 .E58 2007
Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health. (2015)
Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences
Key Concepts in Social Gerontology. Reference HQ 1061 .P 415 2010

Internet Sites
American Society on Aging
Centers for Disease Control Healthy Aging
DuPage County Office of Senior Services
Illinois Department on Aging
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health - Aging
National Institute on Aging


Background Readings
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Literary Theme: Disabilities, Illness, and Social Stigma
The Sociology of Disability

Reference Sources
Disabilities Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Health Information. General HV 1553 .D 544
Disability in American Life : An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies
Encyclopedia of American Disability History
Encyclopedia of Disability Reference HV 1568 .E 528 2006
International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation
Movement Disorders Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Health Information. General RC 376.5 .M 693
Pain Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Health Information. General RB 127 .P 332123
Rehabilitation Therapy in Video Online database listed on this page.
SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia.
SAGE Reference Series on Disability.
.....Arts and Humanities.
….Assistive Technology and Science.
.....Disability Through the Life Course.
.....Employment and Work.
.....Ethics, Law, and Policy.
.....Health and Medicine.
.....Rehabilitation Interventions.

Web Sites
COD Center for Access and Accommodations
Disability History Museum
Disabled World
List of Health & Disability Awareness Days, Weeks & Months.
National Disability Awareness Month at the U.S. Department of Labor


Background Readings
Child Abuse
Child Abuse Identification
Child Abuse Interventions
Child Abuse Theories
Child and Spousal Abuse
Cycle of Violence Theory
Domestic Violence
Elder Abuse
Family Violence
Psychological/Emotional Abuse
Rape, Marital and Date
Ritual Child Abuse
Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence

Reference Books
Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Consequences, and Treatments. (2015)
Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression
Child Abuse Sourcebook : Basic Consumer Health Information. General HV 6626.52 .C 557
Encyclopedia of Child Abuse. Reference HV 6626.5 .C57 2007
Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse. (2013)
Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence. Reference HM 1121 .E 57 2008
Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma. Reference RC 552 .P67 E53 2008
Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence
Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery
Violence in America: An Encyclopedia. Reference HN 90 .V 5 V 5474 1999


Ethics library research guide
Background Readings
Code of Ethics in Health Care Management
Ethics and Disabilities
Health Care Fraud
Profession Dissonance
Social Work and Bioethics

Overcoming Personal Biases in Social Work (e-video)
Ethics in Social Work: A Context of Caring
Practical Social Work Ethics: Complex Dilemmas within Applied Social Care General HV10.5 .P 693 2013
Social Work Values and Ethics General HV10.5 .R 427 2013
More social work ethics books can be found in the General collection at call number HV 10.5


General Call Number Area: HV 4505
American Homelessness: A Reference Handbook. General HV 4505 .H 647 2001
Encyclopedia of Homelessness. (2004)
Modern Homelessness: A Reference Handbook. General HV 4493 .H 63 2011
Homelessness: A Documentary and Reference Guide. General HV 4504 .S 58 2012
Opposing Viewpoints: Homelessness. General HV 4505 .H 65528 2012
Our Runaway and Homeless Youth : A Guide to Understanding. General HV 1431 .S 54 2004
Poverty and Government in America: A Historical Encyclopedia. (2009)


Philanthropy research guide


General book call number area: HQ 281, and for modern slavery, look around HT 860 to HT 879

Background Readings
Human Trafficking
Organ Trafficking
Sexual Slavery
Trafficking of Children
Trafficking of Women

Reference Books
An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia : The Illegal Trade in Arms, Drugs, People, Counterfeit Goods and Natural Resources in Mainland Southeast Asia. Reference G 8001 .Q 3 A 85 2013
Geography of Trafficking: From Drug Smuggling to Modern-Day Slavery.
Human Trafficking: A Reference Handbook. General HQ 281 .A 759 2017
List of COD Library books on Human Trafficking
List of COD Library videos on Human Trafficking

The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force
The Human Trafficking Freedom Coalition of Northern Illinois
United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (GIFT.HUB)
U.S. Department of Justice and Human Trafficking
U.S. Department of State and Human Trafficking


Social Science research methods guide
Data Science research guide
National Association of Social Workers Ethics
National Organization for Human Services Ethics

Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice. General HV 40 .D 4393 2013
Making Sense of Research: An Introduction for Health and Social Care Practitioners. General Q 180.55 .M 4 H 45 2006
A Practical Guide to Evaluation [of Agencies]. General HV 40 .B 874 2014
Program Evaluation Theory and Practice : A Comprehensive Guide.
Quantitative Research Methods for Social Work. General HV 11 .T 428 2017
Social Work Research: Methods for the Helping Professions. General HV 11 .P 64 1975

Cross-Cultural Research Methods
Double Consciousness : Hegemonic Psychology and the Politics of Ethnic Minority Research


Theories in Social Work Practice (e-video)
Core Social Work : International Theory, Values and Practice
Elder Abuse and Neglect theories
Encyclopedia of Social Theory (SAGE, 2005)
Encyclopedia of Social Theory (Routledge, 2006) Reference HM 425 .E 49 2006
An Introduction to Applying Social Work Theories and Methods
Key Concepts in Anti-Discriminatory Social Work
Key Concepts in Health Psychology
Key Concepts in Social Work Practice. CCIC HV 40 .K 4248 2013
Labeling Theory reading
Long Term Care: Concepts and Policies reading
Long Term Care in an Aging Society: Theory and Practice
Social Work in Context: Theory and Concepts
Sociological Concepts of Public Health reading
Theorizing Social Work Practice General HV 40 .T 56 2010


U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) information on Social Workers
U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook information on Community and Social Service Occupations
The Social Work Career Center
Career Information Databases from the C.O.D. Library
Career and College Information Center at the C.O.D. Library


Administration for Children and Families; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
American Public Human Services Association
COD Human Services Academic Program homepage
C.R.I.S. Community Resource Information System for DuPage County
Data on Children
DuPage County Department of Community Services
Forensic Psychology
Human Trafficking
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois Society for Clinical Social Work
National Alliance on Mental Illness
MEDLINEplus National Library of Medicine: Substance Abuse Topics
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
National Association of Social Workers
National Center for Health Statistics
National Council on Disability
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Organization for Human Services
Social Work Policy Institute
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HUMAN SERVICES FACULTY (see links at the bottom of the page)