La Sierra

Library Reference Series
Number 11



Online Public Access Catalog

The online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) is the electronic version of the card catalog. This new method of access to the Library collection provides faster retrieval. Another advantage of the OPAC is that it offers the possibility of finding items that could not be located through the traditional card catalog. In addition to the usual card catalog access points, namely author, title and subject, with this new tool Library users can retrieve books and other materials through searches by keyword, call number, and ISBN. OPAC searches can be narrowed by adding limits such as date, material type, location, and language.. The subject headings used in the card catalog are still valid in the new OPAC. Subject headings used are those listed in the Library of Congress Subject Headings. The 5 red volumes of this work are located on a table near the card catalog. When looking for a book by subject, it is always best to check the proper form of a subject heading in this source first.

The OPAC is available through public stations located in the Library or through any computer connected to the Campus Network or the Internet.

List of Serials

The Library holds current subscriptions to more than 1500 periodicals. In addition, the Library has backfiles to these and nearly 2000 non-current titles. The List of Serials is a complete record of titles and issues which the Library holds. Before going to the periodical stacks on the third floor (west), it is wise to consult this source first to see if the Library holds the particular issue you require. The Library also has full-text access to more than 7000 journal titles in various full-text databases. To check what titles can be found in which database, please consult the list at

Indexes and Abstracts

Indexes and abstracts provide subject access to periodicals, dissertations, and reviews. In this library, abstracts are arranged in alphabetical order by title at the end of the cataloged Reference collection. The indexes are cataloged as part of the Reference collection. Some are located on the index tables in front of the Reference desk, and others are shelved in the Reference stacks. The following are a sample of titles which provide relevant information in the areas of business and its component fields of study.

Online Searching / CD-ROM

In addition to printed indexes and abstracts, a librarian can access more than 200 databases on topics from anthropology to zoology. The power of the computer applied to the task of finding specific information in periodicals can save time and often retrieve important information that would be missed otherwise. Many of the periodical indexes, including Social Work Abstracts, and PsycInfo are available online or on CD-ROM. Others can be searched through FirstSearch, a computer index that provides access to more than 30 databases, including such databases as Social Science Index, PAIS Decade, and FactSearch. Ask a reference librarian for further information about using FirstSearch or for assistance with searching any of the computer databases. DIALOG, a larger on-line service with a wide selection of databases, may be searched by special arrangement. A fee is charged to recover the direct costs of such computer searches. Fees may range from $15 to $25 depending on the database searched, number of references retrieved, and complexity of the search.

Research Guides and Bibliographies

Research guides list specific works relevant to a particular subject area and often discuss methodology useful in doing research.

Iverson, Timothy J. Child Abuse and Neglect: An Information and Reference Guide.

New York: Garland Publishing, 1990. Ref. HV 741 I94 1990

Mendelsohn, Henry N. A Guide to Information Sources for Social Work and the Human

Services. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1987. Ref. HV 91 M43 1987

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol Information. Alcoholism Prevention: Guide to

Resources and References. Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare,

  1. Ref. HV 5292 N32 1979

Rubin, Rick and Greg Byerly. Incest: the Last Taboo: An Annotated Bibliography. New

York: Garland Publishing, 1983. Ref. HQ 72 U53 R3 1983

Schlesinger, Benjamin. Sexual Abuse of Children: A Resource Guide and Annotated Bibliography. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1982. Ref. HQ 72 C3 S35 1982

Sutton, Carole. A Handbook of Research for the Helping Professions. New York:

Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987. HV 11 S868 1987

Watkins, Kathleen Pullan and Lucius Durant, Jr. Day Care: A Source Book. New York:

Garland Publishing, 1987. Ref. HQ 778.7 U6 W38 1987

Webb, William H. Sources of Information in the Social Sciences: A Guide to the Literature. 3rd ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1986. Ref. Z 7161 S666 1986

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks

Specialized dictionaries provide definitions of terms used in business. Encyclopedias provide good background information on unfamiliar topics. They may also provide a list of references for further reading. Below is a sampling of the most current relevant sources available to assist in your library research.

Abel, Ernest L. Dictionary of Alcohol Use and Abuse: Slang, Terms, and Terminology. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985. Ref. HV 5017 A24 1985

Barker, Robert L. The Social Work Dictionary. 3rd ed. Silver Spring, MD: National Association of Social Workers, 1999. Ref. HV 12 B37 1999

Benner, David G. and Peter C. Hill., eds. Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Books, 1999 Ref. BF 31 B25 1999

Clark, Robin E. and Judith Freeman Clark. The Encyclopedia of Child Abuse. New York: Facts on File, 1989. Ref. HV 6626.5 C57 1989

Corsini, Raymond J., The Dictionary of Psychology. Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis, 1999. Ref. B 31 C72 1999

Corsini, Raymond J. Encyclopedia of Psychology. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1994. 4 vols. Ref. BF 31 E52 1994

De Sola, Ralph. Crime Dictionary. rev. and exp. ed. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1988. Ref. HV 6025 D43 1988

Diliberti, Wendy and Ann Rimkus. eds. Thesaurus of Aging Terminology. Washington D.C. : AARP, 1997 Ref. HQ 1061 T42 1997

Edwards, Richard L., eds. Encyclopedia of Social Work. Washington D.C.: NASW Press, 1995. 19 vols. Ref. HV 35 S6

First, Michael B. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Washington D.C.: APA, 1994 Ref. RC 455.2 C4 D54 1994

Gitterman, Alex., ed. Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable Populations. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991. Ref. HV 91 H265 1990

Kadish, Sanford H. Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice. New York: Free Press, 1983. 4 vols. Ref. HV 6017 E52 1983

Kastenbaum, Robert., ed. Encyclopedia of Adult Development. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1993 Ref. BF 724.5 E53 1993

Kazdin, Alan E. ed. Washington Encyclopedia of Psychology. D.C.: Oxford, 2000. 8 vols. Ref. BF 31 E52 2000

Kinnear, Karen L. Violent Children: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1995. Ref. HQ 784 V55 K56 1995

Kuper, Adam and Jessica Kuper. eds. The Social Science Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 1996. Ref. H 41 S63 1996

Levinson, David. Aggression and Conflict: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1994. Ref. HM 136 L46 1994

Levinson, David. Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family. New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1995. Ref. HQ 9 E52 1995

Maddox, George L., ed. The Encyclopedia of Aging. New York: Springer Pub., 1995. Ref. HQ 1061 E53 1995

McFadden, Margaret. Women’s Issues. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1997 3 vols.Ref. HQ 1115 W6425 1997

Pedersen, Paul, ed. Handbook of Cross-Cultural Counseling and Therapy. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985. BF 637 C6 H317 1985

Sussman, Marvin B. and Suzanne K. Steinmetz. Handbook of Marriage and the Family.New York: Plenum Press, 1987. Ref. HQ 518 H154 1987

Touliatos, John,, eds. Handbook of Family Measurement Techniques. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1990. Ref. HQ 728 T68 1990

Almanacs and Statistical Sources: National

Facts and statistics can often add credibility to your research and reinforce the ideas you are developing. When used intelligently, they help you to formulate arguments.

Almanacs are annual volumes of current and retrospective information. Almanacs often contain population, governmental, business, sports, and agricultural statistics. Other resources provide only statistical information.

Chadwick, Bruce A. and Tim B. Heaton, eds. Statistical Handbook on the American Family. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1992. Ref. HQ 536 S727 1992

Ginsberg, Leon. Social Work Almanac. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Social Workers, 1995. Ref. HV 90 G53 1995

The New American Family: Significant and Diversified Lifestyles. New York: Simmons Market Research Bureau, 1992. Ref. HQ 536 N48

Schick, Frank L. Statistical Handbook on Aging Americans. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1986 Ref. HQ 1064 U5 S343 1986

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce. (annual) Ref. HA 202

Vierck, Elizabeth. Fact Book on Aging. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1990.Ref. HQ 1064 U5 V494 1990

Youth Indicators 1988: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth. Washington, D.C.:

National Center for Education Statistics, 1988. Ref. HQ 799.7 Y6 1988

Almanacs and Statistical Sources: Local

Annual Planning Information: Riverside-San Bernardino Metropolitan Statistical Area. Sacramento, CA: State of California, Employment Development Department, Labor market Information Division, 1993. Ref. HD 5726 R54 A56 1993

California Cities, Towns, and Counties. Palo Alto, CA: Information Publications. Ref. HA 261 C295

California County Fact Book. Sacramento, CA : California Counties Foundation Research Division. Ref. HA 261 C28

California Statistical Abstract. Sacramento, CA: Senate of the State of California. Ref. HA 261 C3

Characteristics of California Population: 1985 Update and Projections to1990, 1995 and 2000. Palo Alto, CA: Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, 1986.
Ref. HA 266 C52 1986

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book 1991. 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, 1991. Ref. HA 202 S84 1991

Resource Directories

Crichton, Jean. The Age Care Sourcebook. New York: Fireside, 1987 Ref. HQ 1063.6 C74 1987

Directory of Information Resources for the Handicapped: a Comprehensive Guide to Information Resources and Services for the Handicapped. Santa Monica, CA: Ready Reference Press, 1980. Ref. HV 1553 R4

Eckstein, Richard M. Handicapped Funding Directory. 1986-87 ed. Marina Del Rey, CA: Research Grant Guides, 1986. Ref. HV 1553 H35 1986/87

HIV/AIDS Resources. Longmont, CO: The National Directory of Children, Youth, and Families Services, 1994. Ref. RC 607 A26 H567 1994.

National Directory of Children & Youth Services, 1988-89: the Professionals’ Reference. 5th updated ed. Denver, CO: American Association for Protecting Children, 1987.
HV 741 N3157 1988/89

Riddick-Norton, Glenda. 1999 Social Service Rainbow Resource Directory for Riverside County. Orange, CA: Glenda Riddick-Norton, 1995.
Ref. HV 87 R5 1999

Riddick-Norton, Glenda. 1999 Social Service Rainbow Resource Directory for San Bernardino County. Orange, CA: Glenda Riddick-Norton, 1995. Ref. HV 87 S3 1999

Trzyna, Jennifer D., ed. Social Service Organizations in California: a Directory. Claremont, CA: California Institute of Public Affairs, 1985. Ref. HV 98 C3 S63 1985

Women Helping Women: A State-by-State Directory of Services. New York: Women’s Action Alliance, 1981. Ref. HV 1445 W65 1981

Web Sites for Social Workers

Note: No attempt has been made to be comprehensive. Sites listed are simply a few sites with lots of good links to social work information on the World Wide Web that make a good starting point for research.

Social Work Access Network (SWAN)

SWAN’s web site states "We are a loosely-organized interest group composed of caseworkers, counselors, therapists, students, administrators, and professors in the social work fields. SWAN is dedicated to furthering professional connectivity and the overall effectiveness of social work through the advantages provided by computer networking." Their site links to national organizations, global organizations, schools of social work, and sites devoted to various topics of interest to social workers. SWAN is owned, administered, and maintained by the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina.


The Social Work Café

The unique feature of this site is it’s collection of e-mail addresses and home pages of social workers, both students and in the field. Also contains links to organizational web sites and schools of social work.


Social Workers Examination Services Web Site

Social Workers Examination Services (SWES) publishes comprehensive study guides and licensing reviews for social workers. Their web site contains sampletest questions and other information about licensing exams. Their web site also links to state licensing boards.


National Association of Social Workers Web Site

Information about the Association and its activities, credentialing, and career opportunities.