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Library Research Guides

Vulnerable Children, Youth and Families in Society

Guide to finding research and information related to the study of children and youth in social work, along with some resources on domestic violence and family issues.

Finding Background Information

Use encyclopedias and handbooks to gain background information on your topic. Brief encyclopedia articles are excellent sources for terminology and possible key words to search as you continue your research. 

Other Resources for Background

Encyclopedia of Social Work

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Encyclopedia of Social Work


Now available online, this seminal work covers
all aspects of social work. New topics for this  
latest edition include managed care, gerontology,
evidence-based practice and trauma & disaster.

Several authors and editors of this encyclopedia
are current or past University of Michigan School
of Social Work faculty.  

Child & Family Encyclopedias