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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.


The library offers many e-books which can be read online or downloaded temporarily to your computer. Use Library Catalog Search to find both electronic and print materials available through U-M Library. Below are some collections of e-books that include books relevant to social work.

The Library Catalog

Tips for Searching in the Library Catalog

Use the Library Catalog Search, the University of Michigan catalog for finding books, DVDs and other materials. 

  • Basic Search lets you enter a few key words to get started. 
  • Advanced Search allows you to refine your search even further by choosing a date range, language, format,  a specific library location or collection, and more.

Combining Search Terms

Make sure you capitalize any connecter words (AND, OR, NOT) when searching or the catalog search will disregard the words and assume you want the words connected with AND. 

For additional tips, for on searching the catalog, see the Search Help page

Can't Find a Book in the catalog?

Can't find a book you need in the catalog? You can request a book from Interlibrary Loan or UBorrow, services which allow you to borrow materials from other libraries provided the University of Michigan does not own the items.

UBorrow Service

For fastest service first check to see if the book you need is available through UBorrow. Use the UBorrow link, log in with your Kerboros name and password and search to see if the book is available from one of 14 academic libraries in the Midwest. If you find the book, click on the title and see if there is a link labelled "Request."    You may need to log in but then you will see a form with appropriate information filled in. Simply click on the "Submit Request" button to request this book.  The library does it's best to make materials requested using UBorrow available within 5 business days.

You will receive an email when this book is delivered and available for you to pick up at the library you have designated as your pick-up location.

Document Delivery (Interlibrary Loan)

If a book is not available through UBorrow, your next step is to request it through Interlibrary Loan. From the Document Delivery page click My ILLiad Account on the left side the page and log in to complete the request form.