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SWO 605: Social Work Research II: Find Books

Library Catalogs

URSUS and other library catalogs can help you locate books, government documents, and videos.

The online catalog of materials located at the seven campus libraries of the the University of Maine system.

  • Search by keyword for best results.
  • Items located at other URSUS libraries can be requested online
  • Do not use to find journal articles (use the library Databases instead).
  • For information on using the catalog, consult the URSUS tutorial.

The statewide catalog that combines and links library collections across Maine, including University of New England.

A national and international catalog of books, Internet sites, audio-visual sources, government documents, CD-ROMs and more.

  • Search by keyword to find relevant essays or chapters in edited books. Limit your search to English, if applicable, to eliminate materials that will not be useful to you.

To locate materials containing or about research instruments, try the following keywords in conjuction with your broad area of interest:

  • assessment
  • scales
  • psychological tests
  • evaluation
  • questionnaires
  • measure*
  • instrument*
  • scaling
  • testing
  • psychometrics

Suggested Titles in the USM Libraries (Print)

This is a partial list of books in USM Libraries own that contain or review research instruments or have helpful information on measurement. Please pay attention to the location information given below, as some of these are reference books while others are in the "regular" stacks, and the list includes items from all three USM libraries - Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston.

For general background reading on social work topics, consult this page.

Subject Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks

Subject encyclopedias provide a concise overview of your topic, often including history, current state, policy issues and relevant theories, while specialized dictionaries provide definitions of terms or phrases unique to the field.

Suggested Titles in the USM Libraries (E-books)

Handbook of Clinical Rating Scales and Assessment in Psychiatry and Mental Health
Table of all scales in the book is available on pp. xix-xxi of "Front Matter"

Measuring bullying victimization, perpetration, and bystander experiences: a compendium of assessment tools
Includes scales measures of bully perpetration only, victimization only, being both bully and victim, being Bystander, Bully, and/or Victim.

Practitioner's Guide to Empirically Based Measures of School Behavior 
Does not include measures, only reviews and information for obtaining copies.

Practitioner's Guide to Empirically Based Measures of Social Skills
Appendix B, "Reprints of Selected Measures", starts on p. 431.

Practitioner's Guide to Empirically Supported Measures of Anger, Aggression, and Violence

Research Techniques for Clinical Social Workers
Chapter Two, Using Available Instruments, looks especially useful.

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
Describes more than 2,200 commercially available tests.

Measuring Race and Ethnicity
Includes scales measuring acculturation, intergroup socializing and other parameters, some generic and some for use with specific populations.