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SW 905: Historical and Current Analysis of Social Work and Social Problems: Tips for Using the Library Catalog

Finding Social Work Books at MSU Libraries

Student retrieving book from library stacksWe have lots of books about social work and related topics in the Main Library!  Most of the collection is located in the Library of Congress Call Number range in the H's and primarily within HM-HV.  These books are housed in the East Wing of the Main Library on the 3rd floor.

The best way to search for books in by using the Library Catalog.  Once you find one or two books that match your topic, you can browse in that call number area for additional relevant titles.

 Library Catalog



Advanced Catalog Search

Keyword Subdivisions

To find archival and manuscript material held at the MSU Libraries, perform an an "Advanced Keyword" search. In the first box, type your search term(s). In the second box, change "Any Field" to "Subject" and use one of the following:

  • sources This combination usually produces the most results.
    • Example: howard university AND s:sources; police AND s:sources
  • archives Use for organizations, individual persons & families.
    • Example: roosevelt, theodore AND s:archives
  • archival resources Use for topics and geographic areas (countries, cities, etc.)
    • Example: women AND s:archival resources
  • correspondence Use for classes of persons & ethnic groups and individual persons & families)
    • Examples: journalists AND s:correspondence; vietnamese americans AND s:correspondence; garvey, marcus AND s:correspondence
  • diaries Use for individual persons & families.
    • Example: adams, john AND s:diaries
  • manuscripts
    • Example: michigan AND s:manuscripts
  • notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
    • Example: lin, maya AND s:notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
  • personal narratives Use for names of events and wars.
    • Example: s: Holocaust AND s: personal narratives
  • personnel records Use for organizations and military units only.
    • Example: dept. of state AND s:personnel records
  • records and correspondence Use for organizations and groups only.
    • Examples: marine corps AND s:records and correspondence; Lawyers AND s: records and correspondence

Restricting by Location and Material Type

On the Advanced Keyword Search page, there are options to limit by library location and material type, that may help to focus your search onto primary sources. Some relevant options include:




VOICE LIBRARY, 4 WEST (Vincent Voice Library collection)

UNIV ARCH AND HIST COLL (University Archives and Historical Collections)

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