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Social work and Social care

Welcome to this guide

Welcome to the subject guide for social work and social care. This guide will direct you to your essential library resources and has been compiled by your subject librarians.

The guide has been divided into different sections. When you select a section it will expand to show the sub-menu.

You may find the subject guides listed below useful for some topics. For more information about library services and facilities see the Library Services pages on MyHallam. 

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Finding Information: Online Subject Support with Your Librarian

If you would like some help with finding materials to support your studies, including searching databases you can get support from a librarian for your subject area. 

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What to do if a book is not available in the Library

If there's a book which you need but which we don't have in stock, we can ask another library to loan you a copy, or to email you a copy of an individual  chapter or section. This can be done through our document supply service.

If you think a book may be useful for other students or staff as well as yourself, you can also request that the Library buys a copy. We can't promise to buy everything, but will do what we can for feasible requests which are relevant to courses at Sheffield Hallam.

What to do if a journal article is not available in the Library

If we don't have a journal article or conference proceeding in stock, we can ask another library to email a copy to you via our Document Supply Service. While it may not be possible to get absolutely everything, the vast majority of articles can be obtained this way.

News from British Association of Social Workers

News from The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

News from the Social Care Elf

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News from the Youth Justice Board

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