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Human Services: Online Reference Tools

a guide to online and print resources for human services research.

Sage Research Methods


Sage Research Methods Subject Guide

Use the Methods Map for the steps in Planning Research:

Reference Sources

Bibliography/Citation Style Guides
         APA Online and Snell Reference Stacks BF76.7 .P83 2010
ASA  American Sociological Association Style Manual provided by OWL at Purdue University and Snell Reference Stacks HM586 .A54 2007

DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of  Mental Disorders, 5th edition) is available online 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services page of dictionaries, publications and reports, statistics and other resources.
Helpful link to
HHS Acronyms and Abbreviations goes to relevant homepages.


International Bibliography of the Social Sciences: IBSS contains over 2 million citations and abstracts to articles, books, book chapters in the social sciences and for interdisciplinary research.


International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences   is a specialized resource covering all aspects of social and behavioral sciences.


Massachusetts State Portal links to State Offices, Courts and has an A-Z list of state agencies

Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in Snell Reference Stacks H62 .H2455 2005


Sage Handbook of Social Work Research


World Health Statistics, 2014


 Check the Merck Manual, Consumer Version for beginning research social or environmental issues related to health. For example, how does poverty and environment contribute to asthma in children?

News Sources from the NU Libraries


Use your MyNortheastern account to access these news sources when off-campus.


Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic) has up-to-date information and allows you to search for newspapers, periodicals, public records, and legal documents, often within 24 hours of publication, and in some cases going back 20 years. Most documents are available in full text

PressReader provides online access to today's newspapers from over 100 countries around the world in over 60 languages. News and Views from around the World provides articles from Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Front Page news.Useful source for international human services information.

Websites of Interest by specialization

Administration and Policy

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies

The Official Website of  of the Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) for Massachusetts, provides information for consumers, providers, researchers and the government.

Social Psychology Network, maintained by Scott Plous, Wesleyan University, contains over 16,000 links related to psychological research and teaching. Includes directories, new stories and discussion forums for students and professionals. 


Office of Public Policy and Research (PP&R) and HUD USER provides information on housing needs, market conditions and programs to help develop cohesive, economically healthy communities.

Campus Safety Magazine, an open access resource, often contains articles related to school and college mental health, such as 
Takiing a Community-Based Approach to Mental Health


Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities, an affilication of eight research centers established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2003.

HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare

Planning for Long Term Care, a guide developed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


AARP, formerly known as American Association for Retired Presons, is a non-governmental organization advocating for the interest of persons aged 50 and over. Their webpage links to information on aging and the 50+ generation, focial, psychological, econonmic, policy, and healthcare aspects of aging.

Annie E. Casey Foundation: Helping Vulnerable Kids and Families Succeed website includes the KIDS COUNT®  project,a national and state-by-state effort to track the well-being of children in the United States.

 Poverty and Welfare

Poverty Solutions  is a University of Michigan initiatice with the aim to find solutions to alleviate poverty through conducting and promoting multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research.

Open Development, World Bank resource.

Poverty Guidelines, Research and Measurement is a one-stop research site on poverty in the United States. Guidelines developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Poverty Measurement Studies and Alternative Measures a link to new methods of measuring poverty levels from the National Academy of Sciences.

How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty

World Bank Blogs--click on All Blogs to get a list of links to blogs from the World Bank 

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Blog