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Human Services Research Guide



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Library Catalogs

Article Databases

Internet Web Sites

Other COD Library Research Guides

C.O.D. Human Services Academic Program

Career Information

Citing Sources

Contact Information


Find Books, Videos and Other Audiovisual Materials

Use the catalogs below to locate print and audio-visual materials.

Find Articles in Magazines, Journals and Newspapers

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

  • Academic OneFile (1980-present).
    An index to over 2500 journals and magazines covering a variety of topic areas including human services. Abstracts and sometimes the full-text of articles.
  • Academic Search Premier (1984-present) References and abstracts to articles from about 4500 magazines and professional journals covering a variety of topics including psychology. Many articles are online or full-text.
  • PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress. An index to the literature, not too many full text links. From the U.S. National Center for PTSD.
  • PSYCHIATRY ONLINE/DSM - V. This professional database has works related to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
  • PsycInfo (1887-present)
    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 in the library and online in PsycINFO) to locate acceptable terms for your research topic. Use the following links on the online handout for further assistance.
  • REHABDATA Database. (1956-present) For various types of research project across the entire range of human services, medicine, and psychology.
  • SocIndex (1895-present) For the broad subject area of Sociology, this database contains both full-text articles and just citations and abstracts of other materials.
  • Search the NEWSPAPER DATABASES, including the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Find Web Sites

For your human services course papers and projects, be sure to evaluate the Web sites that you find by using a search engine like Google or Yahoo. Use the C.O.D. Library's "Evaluating Web Sites" Web page to determine the reliability of a Web site.

Career Information

COD Library Career Guide to Social Work. http://www.cod.edu/library/services/jobscollege/docs/SocialWork.pdf

In the Library's Career and College Information Center [CCIC] on the top floor:

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance CCIC HF 5381.E 52.

Ferguson Career Resource Guide to Apprenticeship Programs. CCIC HD 4885 .U 5 F 47

Occupational Outlook Handbook. CCIC HF 5382.5 .U 5 O 33.

101 Careers in Social Work. CCIC HV 10.5 .R 58

Careers in Social and Rehabilitation Services. CCIC HV 10.5 .G 39

The Results are In: What Social Workers Say About Social Work. CCIC HV 10.5 .N 27


HS Careers.com Career Center http://www.hscareers.com

NASW Occupational Profiles for various sectors of the field. http://workforce.socialworkers.org/whatsnew.asp#profiles

Occupational Outlook Handbook, from the U.S. Department of Labor. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Who Wants to be a Social Worker? Career Influences and Timing.


Other Related C.O.D. Library Research Guides

Addictions and Substance Abuse



Social/Economic/Demographic Statistics Sources



Citing Sources

Human Services 1100 Field of Practice Assignment Handout (Krieglstein)

College of DuPage Human Services Academic Program. [click here]

Dan Blewett, Reference Librarian
(630) 942-2279
SRC 3136

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