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The Basics: "Restricted Access;" Off-Campus Links; Finding Books: IRIS; Book Delivery; Finding Articles; Becoming an 'Expert' User Citing Your Sources
Getting Started: Basic Reference Works Children: Welfare/Abuse/Foster Care & Adoption Domestic Violence Health Homelessness
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The Basics

This guide focuses on resources that you can use when seeking information on issues relating to children and families. For other resources see the Social Work: Selected Resources guide.

Restricted Access

Many of the resources listed in the sections below are marked Restricted Access. You should have no problem connecting to these from any networked computer on campus. However, by contract, remote access to the Rutgers University Library's indexes, electronic journals, and electronic reserve articles is available only to current Rutgers students, faculty and staff. In order to use these from off-campus, you must log in with your Rutgers NetID. For instructions see the Libraries' Remote Access to Library Resources.

Off-Campus Links

Once you have gone to a Rutgers Libraries page and logged in with your NetID [your pegasus username and password] you can use the "Off-Campus Link" provided for each Rutgers-restricted resource below to connect to that database or article. These links will not work from a networked computer on-campus. Use the link embedded in the citation to access these resources on campus.

IRIS: Find Books

IRIS is the online catalog for all the Rutgers University Libraries except the Newark and Camden Law Libraries. Many of the sections below include suggestions for searching IRIS to locate other books on the topic(s) covered in that section. Show Me How

Getting Books From Other Rutgers Libraries

If a book that you need is not available (not owned/checked out) at the Dana Library, but is available from another Rutgers Library, you can request delivery of that book to Dana by bringing up the record for the book in IRIS and clicking on tbe Deliver/Recall button. Show Me

Finding Articles plus

Social Sciences Full Text
The basic index for finding articles in the social sciences. Indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in social science disciplines including sociology and social work, public administration, political science, public welfare, and urban studies. Indexes many journals back to 1982 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

Need More?

While Social Sciences Full Text will usually give you what you need for a basic research paper in the social sciences, if you're working on a more extensive project, or a more specialized topic, you may need a more focused index.

Social Work Abstracts 1977- Abstracts of over 35,000 articles and dissertations in the field of social work. Also includes the NASW Register of Clinical Social Workers, which lists registered social workers, their addresses and phone numbers, education and specialization, type of practice and license information. Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

Sociologial Abstracts 1963- Index to approximately 1800 scholarly and professional journals in sociology and related disciplines, as well as to books reviews, books, book chapters, dissertations and conference papers. Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

Public Affairs Information Service 1972- Index to books, reports, government documents, and journals dealing with political, social, and public policy issues. Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts 1975- Index to over 1,300 journals in political science, international relations, public policy and related fields. Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

Becoming an 'Expert' User

Want to maximize your use of Library resources? Check out Searchpath, the Libraries' interactive tutorial.

Citing Your Sources

You will be using MLA (Modern Language Association) style when citing the sources that you use in your research papers. The MLA Style Manual is available at the Dana Library Reference Desk. The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also has a nice introduction to MLA Documentation that will give you the basic information you need to create MLA citations and a Works Cited list.

Not sure when you need to cite something? Check out the Plagiarism Guide

Getting Started: Basic Reference Works

Encyclopedia of Social Work. 20th edition. New York, National Association of Social Workers, 2008.
Almost always a good place to begin your research. About 400 lengthy signed articles with bibliographies on topics felt to be of particular relevance of social work, as well as 200 brief biographies of key figures in the history of social work. Many articles include a historical overview.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access

Social Welfare in America: An Annotated Bibliography. Walter I. Trattner and W. Andrew Achenbaum (eds.). Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1983.
Annotated bibliography; includes chapters on "Caring for the infant and child;" and "Addressing the problems of youth;" and 'Relieving the domestic crises of adulthood." Each chapter includes a breakdown by historical period, as well as references categorized by "Racial/Ethnic;" "Gender-Specific;" and "Class."
Dana Call Number: Ref. HV91 .S6 1983

New Jersey Community Resources "Links to community based agencies and programs focused on such areas as tax assistance, child care, senior citizens, and links of interest to social workers."


Convention on the Rights of the Child
UNICEF website on the International treaty which laid out the human rights of children and standard to which governments should aspire. Include the Full Text of the treaty. The treaty has been ratified by 192 countries; only the United States and Somalia have failed to ratify.

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2005. Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, July 2005.
Annual report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Services. "The first part of the report, Population and Family Characteristics, presents data that illustrate the changes during the past few decades in nine measures depicting the context of children’s lives...The second part of the report, Indicators of Children’s Well-Being, contains data on four key areas of child well-being: economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education." Most indicators include data tabulated by race and ethnicity. The "Special Features" section for 2005 includes reports on children with asthma, lead in the blood of children, and parental reports of emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Key Facts About American Children. August 2004.Children's Defense Fund.

Child Poverty Facts
Reports from the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University. The Key Topics section of the NCCP Research Forum provides summaries (and links) to recent research relating to income security, child and family well-being, and community issues. The Forum Research Database has summaries of current research projects related to welfare and income security; child/familiy issues; and community/neighborhood issues.

Kids Count 2005 Project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, annually tracks the status of children in the U.S., nationally and state-by-state. New Jersey Profile. Also, Right Start data on newborns by city and state and 2000 Census Data on children.

Child Welfare

Administration for Children and Families
Federal funding agency supporting family assistance, child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. Actual services are provided by state, county, city and other public and private local agencies.

National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) 1997-2005.
Survey mandated by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Looks at the characterisitcs of the children and families that come into contact with the child welfare system; the pathways and services they experience while in the system; and the short and longer-term effects of the experience for these children and families.

Scarcella, Cynthia Andrews et. al. The Cost of Protecting Vulnerable Children IV: How Child Welfare Funding Fared During the Recession. Washington, D.C., The Urban Institute, 2004.
Examines "the amount states spent on child welfare activities in state fiscal year (SFY) 2002, the funding sources they used, how funds were used, and how funding has shifted since federal welfare reform and ASFA."

Welfare to What? Early Findings on Family Hardship and Well-Being. December 1998.
Publication of the Children's Defense Fund and the National Coalition for the Homeless. Looks at the results of research on families two years after the passage of the 1996 welfare reforms.

Welfare to What? Part II: Laying the Groundwork for the 2002 Congressional TANF Reauthorization Debate. 2000
Overview of issues and problem areas for low-income families are welfare reform. Based on data collected with the National Welfare Monitoring and Advocacy Partnership (NWMAP) surveys

Special Issue on Low-Income and Working-Poor Families. Family Relations 53(2), March 2004, 121-247. Off-Campus Access
Articles focus on competing stressor and tensions, effective parenting, and economic stability and financial decision making. Among the articles in this issue:

Child Welfare Policy Manual.
From the Administration for Children and Families' Childrens Bureau.

Child Abuse

The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment. Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sage Publications, 1996.
Articles providing an overview of child maltreatment as well as chapters on psychosocial treatment, medical aspects, legal aspects, preventing and reporting abuse, and the organization and delivery of services. The latter chapter includes articles on "Child Abuse and Neglect Policy: History, Models, and Future Directions" (Patricia Schene, pp. 385-397); "Community Organziation of Services Needed to Deal With Child Abuse" (David L. Chadwick, pp. 398-408); and "Cultural Competency in the Field of Child Maltreatment" (Veronica D. Abney, pp. 409-419). Extensive references lists.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HV6626.5 .A83 1996

Wells, Dorothy Pearl. Child Abuse: An Annotated Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow Press, 1980.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HV741 .W4

Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Statistics and Interventions. 2004
Fact sheet from the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information.

Child Maltreatment: 2003. Washington, D.C., Administration on Children, Youth and Families, 2005.
Fourteenth annual report of data collected via the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Includes chapters on incident reports, victims, fatalities, perpetrators, and services.

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
Includes access to the Child Abuse and Neglect State Statutes, as well as a Library Database with more than 32,000 abstracts of books, technical reports, fact sheets, journal articles, and other documents related to child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption. Links to full-text document when available.

Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect: Policy Directions for the Future
Hearing before the Subcommittee on Select Education fo the Commmittee on Education and the Workforce, House of Representative, One Hundred Seventh Congress, first session, October 17, 2001.

New Jersey. Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. Report on New Jersey's Child Protection System. Trenton, N.J., The Task Force, 1990.
Dana Call Number: DOCNJ HV6626.5 .R47 1990

Foster Care and Adoption

Foster Care and Adoption Statistics Current Reports From the Children's Bureau (CB), one of the bureaus within the Administration for Children and Families, of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Federal Foster Care Financing: How and Why the Current Funding Structure Fails to Meet the Needs of the Child Welfare Field. ASPE Issue Brief. Updated August 2005.

Frame, Laura. "Suitable Homes Revisited: An Historical Look at Child Protection and Welfare Reform," Children and Youth Services Review 21(9/10), 1999, 719-754.
"A review of selected events highlights the problems encountered when welfare-based social services attempt to perform a child protection function, problems that are particularly relevant given current concerns that welfare reform will intensify the poverty experienced by already precarious families."
Off-Campus Link

Family Ties: Supporting Permanence for Children in Safe and Stable Foster Care With Relatives and Other Caregivers.
"By supporting legal guardianship with a subsidy the same way federal policy now supports adoption, additional children in long-term foster care with kin could join the thousands of children who have already left the child welfare system for adoptive homes." Report from Fostering Results .

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Domestic Violence

Pleck, Elizabeth Hafkin. Domestic Tyranny: The Making of Social Policy Against Family Violence from Colonial Times to the Present. New York, Oxford University Press, 1987.
Dana Call Number: HQ809.3 .U5P58 1987

A Domestic Violence Bibliography. Prepared by the Domestic Violence Prevention Program, New Jersey Divison on Women. 1989.
Dana Call Number: DOCNJ HQ809 .D66 1989

Kemmer, Elizabeth Jane. Violence in the Family: An Annotated Bibliography. New York, Garland Pub., 1984.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HV741 .K46 1984

Domestic Violence Statistics
Compiled by the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence.

Agencies, Programs and Approaches

Domestic Violence - Hotlines and Resources
Links to National and State Coalitions. From the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Domestic Violence and New Americans: Directory of Programs and Resources for Battered Refugee Women. Rockville, Md., U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Center for Mental Health Services, Refugee Mental Health Program. 2002.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HV6626.2 .D664 2002

Shostack, Albert L. Shelters for Battered Women and Their Children: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning and Operating Safe and Caring Residential Programs. Springfield, Ill., Charles C. Thomas, 2001.
Dana Call Number: HV1445 .S46 2001

Hetling, Andrea and Born, Catherine E. "Examining the Impact of the Family Violence Option on Women's Efforts to Leave Welfare," Research On Social Work Practice 15(3), 2005, 143-153.
"The purpose of the research was to assess what difference the FVO, in practice, has made on women’s ability to leave welfare and find employment."
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Riger, Stephanie and Susan L. Staggs. "Welfare Reform, Domestic Violence, and Employment: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know?," Violence Against Women 10(9), 2004, 961-990.
Examines the relationship of domestic violence and employment in the context of welfare reform.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Do Batterer Intervention Programs Work? Two Studies. Washington, D.C., National Institute of Justice, 2003.

Jackson, Shelly Batterer Intervention Programs: Where Do We Go From Here?. Washington, D.C., National Institute of Justice, 2003.

Bent-Goodley, T.B. " An African-Centered Approach to Domestic Violence," Families in Society 86(2), April/June 2005, 197-206
"African-centered social work offers a set of principles upon which to develop a culturally competent response to domestic violence as experienced by African American families."
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.


Violence Against Women - Federal Legislation and Regulations
From the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women.

Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003

Elder Abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse

Identifying Elder Abuse: Tools, Techniques and Guidelines for Screening and Assessment
Annotated bibliography from the Clearinghouse on the Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE).

Shattering the Silence: Confronting the Perils of Family Elder Abuse.
Hearing before the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate, Once Hundred Eighth Congress, first session, Washington, D.C., October 20, 2004.

National Elder Abuse Incidence Study Final Report, September 1998.

Domestic Violence in New Jersey

Domestic Violence Court Procedures in New Jersey

New Jersey. Legislature. General Assembly. Task Force on Domestic Violence. Assembly Task Force on Domestic Violence: Findings and Recommendations, July 1998. Trenton, N.J., New Jersey State Legislature, 1998.
Dana Call Number: DOCNJ KRN2367 .F35D66 1998

New Jersey. Legislature. General Assembly. Task Force on Domestic Violence. Testimony From Representatives of Innovative State, Local, and County-level Programs Which Have Made Progress in Addressing the Domestic Violence Problem in New Jersey. Trenton, New Jersey, March 20, 1998.
Dana Call Number: DOCNJ HQ809.3 .U6D66 3/20/98

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Snapshots of America's Families II: Health Insurance, Access, and Health Status of Children. 1999
Findings from the National Survey of America's Familes.

Snapshots of America's Families II: Health Insurance, Access, and Health Status of Nonelderly Adults. 1999
Findings from the National Survey of America's Families.

Then and Now in New Jersey: Health Profiles for 1900 and 2000
Comparison of births (number and rate), marriages, death (rates, leading causes, age at death, infant and early childhood mortality, etc.) and population by region. From the New Jersey Center for Health Statistics.

Stark, Andrew. " Getting the Health Care Debate Right," The Public Interest 151, Spring 2003, 75-85.
Frames the debate on public health insurance for the non-elderly in terms of a trade between using available monies to expand eligibility to include more recipients versus expanding benefits to the poorest families.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Guyer, Jocelyn. Health Care After Welfare: An Update of Findings From State-Level Leaver Studies. Washington, D.C., Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, August 16, 2000.
"In this analysis, the Center has compiled the data available from more than 25 state “leaver” studies (which track how former welfare recipients are faring) conducted in the late 1990s on the health insurance status of parents and children after leaving welfare. The analysis shows that in most states with relevant studies, a significant proportion of both parents and children lose Medicaid after their families leave welfare. They also show that families leaving welfare have very limited access to private coverage. As a result, many of the children and even more of the parents in families leaving welfare become uninsured."

Special Populations

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Families on the Brink: The Impact of Ignoring Children with Serious Mental Illness. July 1999.
Results of a National Survey of Parents and Other Caregivers.

Jaudes, Paula Kienberger " "Improving Access to Health Care for Foster Children: The Illinois Model," Child Welfare 83(3), May/June 2004, 215-238.
"Children in foster care have lower health status than do their peers and limited access to health care. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services developed HealthWorks, a separate primary care preferred provider system for children in foster care."
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Reardon-Anderson, Jane, Capps, Randy, and Michael Fix. The Health and Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families. November 2002.

Women's Health Care in the United States: Selected Findings from the 2004 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
Factsheet from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Lead Poisoning

Childhood Lead Poisoning in New Jersey Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2003
Essex county continues to have the largest number and percentage of children with elevated blood lead results in the state.

Schneider, D. Jean and Lavenhar, Marvin A. " Lead Poisoning: More Than a Medical Problem," American Journal of Public Health 76(3), March 1986, 242-244.
Lead paint used in pre-1950 housing is a major source of lead poisoning in children. In 1980 66 percent of Newark's housing stock predated 1950. An examination of the medical records of 236 Newark children treated for lead poisoning between 1977 and 1980 found that the number of cases began to rise after 1976, when a decrease in federal funding resulted in cutbacks in prevention and screening programs.
Off-Campus Access. Restricted Access.

Peet, Judy and Ben-Ali, Russell. Part 2: Housing Crisis Causes Health Crisis: Lead Prevention in Newark Proves Almost Impossible. November 5, 2001.
Part of a Newark Star-Ledger series on lead poisoning.

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The Essential Reference on Homelessness : A Fully Annotated Bibliography.
Washington, DC : National Coalition for the Homeless : Homelessness Information Exchange, 1994.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HV4505.E77 1994 .

Henslin, James M. Homelessness: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Publishing, 1993. 2 vols.
The literature of homelessness from 1528 to 1992. Main (author) bibliography followed by 41 sub-bibliographies on specific topics.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HV4493 .H46 1993

Agencies and Programs

2004 Directory of National, Statewide and Local Homeless Advocacy Coalitions. By state.

National Coalition for the Homeless
Provides fact sheets, legislative alerts as well as an archive of legislative-related materials, and research reports.

Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve December 1999 report based on the 1996 National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (NSHAPC). Prepared under the auspices of the Interagency Council on the Homeless.

Homelessness: Coordination and Evaluation of Programs Are Essential 1999 GAO Report (GAO/RCED-99-49).

Homeless Families

Homeless Families With Children. National Coalition for the Homeless Fact Sheet #7, June 2001.
Overview of the dimensions, causes and consequences of family homelessness. Bibliography.

Schmitz, C. L., " The Interconnection of Childhood Poverty and Homelessness: Negative Impact/Points of Access," Families in Society 82(1), January/February 2001, 69-77.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Shinn, Marybeth "Predictors of Homelessness Among Families in New York City: From Shelter Request to Housing Stability, " American Journal of Public Health 88(11), November 1998, 1651-1657.
Five-year study of a cohort of families receiving public assistance in New York City found that receipt of subsidized hoursing was the primary predictor of housing stability among formerly homeless families. Concluded that housing subsidies are critical to ending homelessness among families.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Mulroy, Elizabeth A. and Helenann Lauber. "A User-Friendly Approach to Progarm Evaluation and Effective Community Intervention for Families at Risk of Homelessness," Social Work 49(4), 573-586.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.


The McKinney-Vento Act: Educating Children and Youth in Homeless Situations: Law, Policy, and Practice
Links to legislative summaries, policy documents, issue briefs, articles, and other resources relating to the Mckinney-Vento Act's Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program.

Discrimination and Violence

Illegal to be Homeless: The Criminalization of Homelessness in the United States 2004
Third annual report from the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Hate, Violence, and Death on Main Street USA, 2004: Report on Hate Crimes and Violence Against People Experiencing Homelessness. June 2005
Annual report from the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Homeless in New Jersey

What New Jersey Needs to Know About Family Homelessness. July 2002
Fact Sheet from the Institute for Children and Poverty.

Homeless Families Today: Our Challenge Tomorrow: A Regional Perspective
Report based on data collected in 1997 from 743 homeless heads-of-household residing in family shelters located throughout New York City and northern New Jersey.

New Jersey. Dept. of Education. The Education of Homeless Children and Youth in New Jersey: A Plan for State Action. Revised edition. Trenton, N.J., New Jersey State Department of Education, 1991.
Dana Call Number: DOCNJ HV1435 .N5E38 1991

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Law and Legislation

LexisNexis Academic Includes indexes to legal periodicals and law reviews, federal and state case law, Shepard's ® for US Supreme Court cases, and federal and state codes and regulations. Restricted Access.

THOMAS - Legislative Information on the Internet Browse or search legislation from the 93d (1973) Congress to the present. A slightly dated but still valuable guide to Legislative Research with Thomas has been prepared by Larry Schankmann at Mansfield University.

New Jersey Legislature Home Page Includes searchable index to New Jersey Statutes, as well as index to and legislative histories of bills in the current session.

Congressional Testimony - Health and Human Services Search or browse HHS testimony on proposed legislation and in some oversight hearings from 1996 to the present.

Public Policy and Public Opinion

CQ Researcher Extensive collection of weekly reports from Congressional Quarterly. Each report offers data, a variety of opinion, and a bibliography on a specific 'hot' issue.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Public Agenda Online
A nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization, Public Agenda offers background information, in-depth analyses and opinion studies on a variety of public policy issues.'s Issues Library
Current research and position papers on public policy from a variety of sources. What's left of "".

Moving Ideas Network

Research and position papers on public policy issues. A project of The American Prospect, the papers here tend be reflective of the middle to the left positions.

New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute "The New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, (NJPPRI) identifies, analyzes and disseminates information critical to informed public policy development in and for the African-American community in New Jersey and the region."

Polling the Nations A compilation of the full-text of the questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state and local surveys conducted since 1986 by some 700 polling organizations in the United States and eighty other countries.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

Duitch, Suri. The Big Idea: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Effective Policy Reports. New York, The Center for an Urban Future, 2002. A 'journalistic' approaching to policy research. A well-written guide.

The Media

For links to many newspaper sites with online searchable archives, as well as to physical collections of newspapers see the Newspapers Research Guide.

Contemporary Accounts

Factiva A vast archive which includes the full-text of 8,000 leading newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, and television and radio transcripts. Ten to twenty year+ backfile for many titles. Examples of newspapers covered include:

Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

LexisNexis Academic "News" section indexes and provides access to a large collection of U.S. and international newspapers, newsletters, wire service reports, transcripts of television and radio news broadcasts, and student newspapers. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times from June 1, 1980 to the present and the Washington Post back to 1977.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Ethnic NewsWatch A full-text collection of over 200 newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press. Complete articles dating back to 1960, in English and Spanish.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Historical Accounts

[Historical] New York Times Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. The two+ most recent years are not included; use LexisNexis Academic to find more recent articles.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.


The New Jersey Municipal Data Book. Montclair, N.J., New Jersey Associates, 1981- Annual
One page summaries of the population, government, finances, schools, and other characterisitics of each of New Jersey's towns and cities.
Dana Call Number: REF HD4606.N49N5. Most recent volume at Reference Desk.

Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004
The basic annual U.S. statistical compilation. You can also links to tables from the 1995-2000 editions. However the PDF file format makes for cumbersome data retrieval. A modified version of Statistical Abstract tables can also be found by searching Lexis-Nexis Statistical. Print copies of latest edition of the Statistical Abstract are available at the Dana Reference Desk.

American FactFinder
Select query elements to create maps and view data tables based on Census 2000, the 1990 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Economic Census. See definitions of the major geographic units for which census data is available.

1980 and 1970 Census of Population are located in the Census area in the Dana Library Reference Room. Population characteristics for the nation and by state (including county, central city, and place data) are available in the General Social and Economic Characteristics volumes:

You will need to use the Table Finding Guide in the front of each volume to locate the data that you need.

Current Population Reports: Special Studies, P-23 From the U.S. Census Bureau. Includes occasional reports on special populations (elderly, foreign-born populations, minorities, women), family life, marriage, fertility, etc. Full-text beginning with no. 188; earlier and paper copies may be found in Dana's Government Documents/Census section.

Current Population Reports: Consumer Income, P-60 From the U.S. Census Bureau. Includes reports on money income, poverty levels, health insurance coverage, and child support. Full-text beginning with no. 187 (1995); earlier and paper copies may be found in Dana's Government Documents/Census section.

Current Population Reports: Household Economic Studies, P-70 From the U.S. Census Bureau. Reports on the economic status of households and its relationship to social characteristics and to benefits received. Based on the monthly Survey of Income and Program Participation. Full-text beginning with no. 43 (1995); earlier and paper copies may be found in Dana's Government Documents/Census section.

NASW Policy Statements

National Association of Social Workers. Social Work Speaks: National Association of Social Workers Policy Statements: 2003-2006. 6th edition. Washington, D.C., 2003.
63 policy statements, including 21 new statements approved by the 2002 NASW Delegate Assembly, designed to guide policy advocacy and legal action. Topic areas include adolescents, aging, behavioral health, child welfare, community, discrimination and equity issues, education, employment, ethnicity and race, families and children, family planning, gender issues, health, 'macro issues,' political action, social work professional statements, substance abuse, and violence. Each statement includes background information, a statement of issues, the policy statement, and a list of references.
Dana Call Number: Ref HV88 .N686 2003

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