Social work: Overview


Welcome to the Social work guide. Throughout the guide's sections you'll find our suggestions for key resources and information in this subject area.

To get you started, here are the key shelfmark areas for your subject. The floor information is for books; print journals will have the same shelfmark but all journals are on the third floor.

Subject Shelfmark Floor 
Sociology (general) HM 1
Social work HV 1
Law K 3
Psychology BF 1
Counselling RC 2

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