Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Social Work : Books & E-books

This research guide features resources and strategies for finding information and conducting research related to Social Work.

Where is Search Anything?

Search Anything is located on the library home page ( and broadly searches across books, ebooks, articles and more.

You can also search this, and all other Research Guides, using the Search Box located in the top right corner of the page.

Ask Us

Profile Photo
Amanda Hahn
(434) 592-3318

More Resources

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Books in the Jerry Falwell Library are organized according to the Library of Congress system.  If you would like to browse the shelves, here are some suggestions of relevant Library of Congress subject headings.  

  • BF: Psychology
  • GN: Anthropology
  • HN: Social History and Conditions. Social Problems. Social Reform.
  • HQ: The Family. Marriage. Women
  • HT: Communities. Classes. Races.
  • HV: Social Pathology. Social and Public Welfare. Criminology
  • RC: Internal Medicine

However, you would usually have more comprehensive results by browsing the electronic catalog, which will bring back results from the Book Tower, the robotic storage system, and books that are available electronically.

Suggested Books

Suggested E-books

Within the "Search Everything" box you can limit your search to only show Ebooks available online.  We also have some E-book databases.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fifth Edition - DSM V

We provide online access to the latest version of hte Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

This resource is used by health professionals, social workers, and forensic and legal specialists to diagnose and classify mental disorders.  To access the DSM-V, open a new tab or window and then follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Navigate to the main library website at
  2. Under the Search Anything bar, click Advanced Search.
  3. In the first search field, type “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”.  Be sure to put quotation marks around the phrase, since this action will allow the search engine to search for this particular phrase rather than each word within the phrase.  You may leave the Search field as the default “All Fields”.
  4. Scroll down and under "Limit to", check the box entitled "Items with full text online".
  5. Hit the Search button at the bottom left of the page.