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Introduction to Social Work and Social Services - SW1001 (Parker): Books

SW 1001 Book List

This list provides ideas for books meeting Dr. Parker's criteria for a course reading assignment. The books included focus on course themes and are primarily first-hand accounts such as biographies and autobiographies/memoirs. If you're unsure if a particular book will be acceptable, be sure to check with Dr. Parker. Library staff are happy to help you locate materials in Rod Library and IRTS (branch library in Schindler).

Finding books on the shelf: See Rod Library floor maps here. Books are arranged by call number, with call numbers for each print book listed below. Rod Library Stacks books are on the library's 3rd floor (A-K call numbers) and 4th floor (L-Z call numbers). Note that some books in this list are located in the Youth Collection in Rod Library or in IRTS, the branch library in Schindler Education Center. Need help finding items? Ask us!

Accessing ebooks: Click the title of interest in the list below, then select "online access" then "EPUB Full Text" or pdf option to view ebook online. Free MyEBSCOHost or eBook Central account required for download. CatID required if viewing off-campus. Note that some ebooks are limited to a single user at a time while others allow for unlimited simultaneous users.

Many of these books are powerful reads. I hope they are meaningful to you.  -Anne Marie Gruber, Social Work librarian

Child Abuse/Neglect

Eating Disorders

Foster Care


Human Trafficking/Child Labor (see also Sexual Abuse)


Mental Health

Parent-Child Relationships



Sexual Abuse (see also Human Trafficking)


Substance Abuse