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Finding Books: Library Catalogs

IRIS The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries.

Newark Law
Newark Law library materials, including materials located at the Don M. Gottfredson Library of Criminal Justice, are not listed in IRIS. So if your topic has a legal or criminal justice focus, be sure to check here.

Search across the collections of a large number of research libraries; identify relevant works and the best subject headings to use to find books on specific topics; and find out if an item is available at Rutgers or another library. Based on the over 40 million items found in the collections of the Research Libraries Group (RLG).

Finding Articles: Indexes

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. Restricted Access.

SocioFile 1974- Index to approximately 1900 journals in sociology and related disciplines. Restricted Access.

Related Indexes


PsycINFO 1887- Comprehensive index to the the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, and education. Covers 1300 journals, as well as book chapters and dissertations. Restricted Access.

Public Policy and Political Science

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

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


GuideStar: The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations Searchable database of more than 850,000 nonprofit organizations (all IRS-registered 501(c) organizations) in the United States.

Internet Nonprofit Center "Information For and About Nonprofit Organizations."

Idealist Listing and resources for nonprofit organizations. Allows you to search or browse by name, location, or mission some 37,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries.

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."

HospitalWeb - New Jersey Hospitals Links to hospital web sites.

Green Book

Overview of Entitlement Programs: 2004 Green Book
Biennial publication of data as well as the history and description of the social and economic programs including Social Security, employment, welfare, child support, the elderly, and families with children, under the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Law, Legislation, and Legal Issues

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.

Lobby Group Web Sites Part of the University of Michigan Library's excellent "United States Politics" site.

Ethics and Legal Issues

NASW Code of Ethics

Ethics & Professional Liability Links compiled by the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Public Policy and Public Opinion

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

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. 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 "".
Electronic Policy 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. Rutgers 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

Restricted Access. 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:

The Boston Globe beginning 1 January 1987.
The Chicago Tribune beginning 1 January 1985
The Detroit Free Press beginning 1 January 1994
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) beginning 1 January 1989
The Washington Post beginning 1 January 1984

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. 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. 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. Restricted Access.

Aging Children Community Development Crime Culture/Ethnicity
Domestic Violence Health Homelessness Housing Immigration Substance Abuse


Administration on Aging (AoA) 'Professionals' site From the Department of Health and Human Services. Includes links to state and federal agencies, national organizations, statistical data, a list of links organized by topic, and information on the Eldercare Locator.

Senior Sites Non-profit housing and resources for seniors.

State and Area Agencies on Aging Directory with links when available.

The National Center on Elder Abuse

National Elder Abuse Incidence Study Final Report, September 1998.

New Jersey Division of Senior Affairs Information on programs and agencies.

New Jersey Long-Term Care Facilities Database

New Jersey Report Card for Nursing Homes Includes only those nursing homes that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid program (95% of the approximately 380 licensed homes statewide).


Child Poverty Facts From the National Center for Children in Poverty.

Kids Count 2004 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.

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.

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.

Association for Children of New Jersey

Map and Track: State Initiatives for Young Children and Families, 2000. New Jersey

Community Development

Neighborhoods Online Access to information and ideas covering all aspects of neighborhood revitalization.


Criminal Justice Abstracts Comprehensive index to journals, books, government publications, dissertations, and reports relating to criminal justice, criminology, and related disciplines from 1968 to the present. This index is based on materials found in the Criminal Justice Collection located in the Rutgers Center for Law and Justice in Newark, and is the most complete catalog for that collection. Restricted Access.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database Index to over 180,000 criminal justice publications, including books, government and research reports, and journal articles from the early 1970s to the present. Includes links to full text documents when available. You can also search just the NCJRS full text collection, the Virtual Library.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data Search for data or search/browse the Publications Bibliography, a searchable database of over 26,000 citations of known published and unpublished works resulting from analyses of data held in the ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) archive.

Criminal Justice Links Outstanding criminal justice site.

Culture and Ethnicity

Asian American Encyclopedia. Franklin Ny, editor. New York, Marshall Cavendish, 1995. 6 vols.
Signed entries on topics dealing with various Asian groups in the U.S. Especially strong on cultural aspects and issues. Bibliographic references. An outstanding resource.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E184 .O6A827 1995.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. New York, Macmillan, 1996. 5 vols. Supplement (2001).
Signed entries covering all aspects of African-American history and life.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E185 .E54 1996.

Latino Encyclopedia. Richard and Rafael Chabran, editors. New York, Marshall Cavendish, 1996. 6 vols.
Signed entries on topics dealing with various Hispanic American groups.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E184 .S75L57 1996.

"Beyond Empathy: An Ethnographic Approach To Cross-Cultural Social Work Practice"
Dr. Janet Clark. Paper delivered at the 2000 Joint Conference of the International Federation of Social Workers and the International Association of Schools of Social Work. Includes a long bibliography.

Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations
From the American Psychological Association.

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity Michael C. Kearl's (Trinity University) "webliographic" essay on race and ethnicity in the United States.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence - Hotlines and Resources Directory of National and State Coalitions with links when available.

The National Center on Elder Abuse

National Elder Abuse Incidence Study Final Report, September 1998.

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

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

Domestic Violence Court Procedures in New Jersey

Manavi New Jersey organization dedicated to aiding South Asian women who have been victimized in any way.


Minority Health Network Links by group, disease, and subject.

Women of Color Health Data Book From the National Women's Health Information Center.

EthnoMed Ethnic Medicine Guide. Information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to Seattle.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health "The oldest and largest network of health and human service providers servicing over 10 million Hispanic consumers throughout the U.S." Includes resources for both consumers and providers.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum "National advocacy organization dedicated to promoting policy, program, and research efforts for the improvement of health status of all Asian American and Pacific Islander communities."

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services News, reports, statistics (including New Jersey Health Statistics) and laws and regulations.

The State of Black Health in New Jersey Denise V. Rodgers. New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute Working Paper 01-02. 2002.

Directory of Local Health Departments in New Jersey


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

National Coalition for the Homeless Fact sheets, legislative alerts, research reports. "Online Library" of citations with abstracts.

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.

Hate: A Compilation of Violent Crimes Committed Against Homeless People in the U.S. in 2001

Illegal to be Homeless: The Criminalization of Homelessness in the United States 2002 report from the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

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


National Housing Institute Independent nonprofit that "examines the key issues affecting affordable housing and community development practitioners and their supporters."

HUD USER From HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research. "The primary source for Federal Government reports and information on housing policy and programs, building technology...and other housing-related topics."

State of the Nation's Housing: 2004 Annual report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University analyzing trends in housing supply, markets, and ownership. Statistical appendix with downloadable data.

State of the Cities Data Systems Data on 542 central cities and 10,744 metropolitan suburban places. In addition to demographic, employment, and business data, the SOCDS also contains data on high tech jobs in cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas, as well as house values and rents, and crime rates. "Fast Look" option allows user to view data tables for one or more selected cities.


U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.

Profile of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2000 Bureau of the Census Current Population Reports. Special Studies. P23-206. December 2001.

Labor Related Immigration Statute and Regulation Index Selected statutes or regulations relevant to the Immigration programs that may be adjudicated by the Office of Administrative Law Judges, United States Department of Labor.

Fact Sheets. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Includes information on U.S. Refugee Admission programs.

Yearbook of Immigration Statistics Formerly the Statistical Yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. "This publication provides information, in the form of text, tables, and charts, about the various types of foreign nationals who are inspected, naturalized, apprehended, or removed by the DHS."

Substance Abuse

2002 National Drug Control Strategy
The five-year plan from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Appendix includes tables of drug related data.

2004 National Drug Control Strategy Update.

Alcohol Studies Database Index to over 70,000 citations to journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers indexed by the Rutgers University Center for Alcohol Studies since 1987. Emphasis on research and professional literature dealing with alcohol, its use, and related consequences.

ETOH: The Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Science Database Index to over 170,000 articles, books, dissertations, conference papers, and reports on all aspects of alcohol and alcoholism. Citations/Abstracts from late 1960s to the present. From the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

ISAIC Journal Database Index to over 18,000 articles in all areas of substance abuse and gambling. From the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center.

Smoking and Health Database Index with abstracts to about 62,000 articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, reports, conference papers, and documents on the use of tobacco and its effect on health. Focus on information published in the last 35 years, although some earlier references are included. From the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.

Substance Abuse Information Database (SAID) Search or browse a full-text collection of pamphlets, reports, case studies, surveys, laws and regulations pertaining to substance abuse in the workplace. From the Department of Labor's Working Partners.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information Major resource for current information and resources on substance abuse.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator Search or browse a directory of federal, state, local, and private facilities that provide drug abuse and alcoholism treatment services.

National Survey on Drug Use & Health Annual survey on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the U.S.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drug Use by State Reports compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse VIII: Teens and Parents August 2003. From the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Services Research Outcomes Study (SROS) September 1998. "The first nationally representative study of substance abuse treatment outcomes."


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:

  • 1980 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Social and Economic Characteristics, U.S. Summary (C3.223/7:980)
  • 1980 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Social and Economic Characteristics, Pt. 32 New Jersey (C32.223/7:980/c32)
  • 1970 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Soical and Economic Characteristics, New Jersey (C3.223/9:970/C32)

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

1990 Census - Social and Economic Characteristics (STF3A) Select detailed data elements and create your own data tables for states, counties, tracts, and places.

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.

Social Work History

Social Work History On-Line Time-Line

Social Work History Station "A Cyberhistory of Social Work's Formative Years." Compiled by Professor Dan Huff of Boise State University; text hyperlinks to a variety of relevant documents.


Licensing and Certification Directory State-by-state summary tables of licensing requirements. From the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners New Jersey licensing and eligibility requirements.

Web Guides

World Wide Web Resources for Social Workers Search, or browse by category. Over 74,000 links! From New York University's Ehrenkranz School of Social Work and the Division of Social Work and Behavioral Science, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Internet Data Sources for Social Scientists From the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research.
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