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Human Services: Home

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

Search Tools

Choose a search tool to find articles:

Scholar OneSearch --Library Catalogs + Articles

use an article database search tool recommended in 
Research Guides by Subject
Alternatively, try an interdisciplinary database, such as
Academic Search Complete


Use Advanced Search to restrict your searching to the journal collection for Social Work (there is no Human Services category).

Getting Started

Got keywords for your research topic? Use Scholar OneSearch, to locate materials and resources.

Google Scholar @ NU  searches academic publications and connects to the Northeastern University Libraries.


City of Boston has the latest news about the city.

Imagine Boston 2030 is the result of a survey of 15,000 residents of Boston with plans for change.

Key Resources

Academic Search Complete is interdisciplinary with academic as well as popular and news articles, a good place to start research.

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition contains authoritative articles on the social and behavioral sciences

CQ Researcher with in-depth, unbiased coverage of topics such as bullying, health care, death penalty, race and ethnicity.

DSM 5, the standard reference for clinical practice in the mental health field, and helpful resource for description of disorders, behaviors, emerging assessment measure, cultural formation, etc.

ICD-11, the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization

PolicyFile is updated weekly with abstracts and links to international and domestic policy papers and reports. Browse the links to organizations, or keyword search for reports.

PsycINFO is the flagship index of the American Psychological Association, a comprehensive look at the journals, articles, books, dissertations in the field. International in scope.

PTSDpubs is an open access index of post-traumatic stress disorder literature.

Looking for news articles? Check this list of historical and current news resources available to you!

Looking for human services research articles?

Social Services Abstracts  THE resource for abstracts on research related to social services, but don't forget to also check--Sociological Abstracts, the major resource for abstracts from international literature for research in sociology and related disciplines

The best of both worlds: Sociology (ProQuest) has full-text articles from sociology and social work materials indexed in Sociological Abstracts AND Social Services Abstracts.

JSTOR, is huge collection of scholarly articles. Use Advanced Search to focus your search within the Social Work journal collection.    

SAGE research methods logo and button

This new resource contains books, encyclopedias and dictionaries and customized project planners to help with your research methods questions: how do I do a literature review

Another type of review is the systematic review

One resource for this type of research is The Campbell Collaboration which presents short versions of the Systematic Reviews with links to the full reports
Campbell Systematic Reviews and plain language summaries

Finding Human Services Materials by Call Number

Our online holdings include journals and books and streaming media. For ebooks, you can browse through the online collection following the arrangement of the Library of Congress system.

browsing ebook collection by LC call number in Scholar OneSearch

Scroll down on the Scholar OneSearch record to get to the Browse bar where all materials are arranged by call number

or use Virtual Browse


HM481-554 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects 
HM621-656 Cultures
HM661-696 Social control
HM701 Social systems
HM706 Social structure

HM711-806 Groups and organizations
     HM756-781 Community
     HM786-806 Organizational sociology. Organization theory

HM811-821 Deviant behavior. Social deviance
HM826 Social institutions
HM831-901 Social change

 HM1001-1281 Social psychology 
    HM1041-1101 S
ocial perception. Social cognition Including perception of the self and others, prejudices, stereotypes
   HM1106-1171 Interpersonal relations. Social behavior
HM1176-1281 Social influence. Social pressure

HV1-9960 Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
     HV40-69 Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice 
               Including social case work, private and public relief, institutional care, rural social work, work relief
     HV85-525 By region or country
     HV530 The church and charity
     HV541 Women and charity
     HV544 Charity fairs, bazaars, etc.
     HV544.5 International social work
     HV547 Self-help groups
     HV551.2-639 Emergency management
     HV553-639 Relief in case of disasters
     HV560-583 Red Cross. Red Crescent
     HV599-639 Special types of disasters
     HV640-645 Refugee problems
     HV650-670 Life saving
     HV675-677 Accidents. Prevention of accidents
     HV680-696 Free professional services Including medical charities
     HV697-4959 Protection, assistance and relief
     HV697-3024 Special classes
     HV697-700.7 Families. Mothers. Widow's pensions
     HV701-1420.5 Children
     HV835-847 Foundlings
     HV873-887 Destitute, neglected, and abandoned children. Street children
     HV888-907 Children with disabilities
     HV931-941 Fresh-air funds
     HV959-1420.5 Orphanages. Orphans
     HV1421-1441 Young adults. Youth. Teenagers
     HV1442-1448 Women
     HV1449 Gay men. Lesbians
     HV1450-1494 Aged
     HV1551-3024 People with disabilities Including blind, deaf, people with physical and mental disabilities

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Student Highlights

Visit Human Services Program page to learn about special projects and accomplishments of Human Services students.

Additional Human Services Links

Archives and Special Collections, NU Libraries, collects historically significant records of the University, as well as Documenting Diversity of under-represented communities in Boston.

Human Services Program and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology  webpage provide links to related research centers and Anthropology, Sociology and Human Services (ASH) CO-OP.

Center for the Study of Sport and Society
is one of the world's leading social justice organization using the power of sports to create social change both nationally and internationally.

The Institute on Race and Justice brings together researchers from colleges, schools and departments in the social sciences.

The mission of the Institute on Urban Health Research is to understand "the social and environmental conditions of urban living in order to inform public health intervention strategies, policies and professional training."

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world.

O.P.E.N. Office of Prevention and Education @ Northeastern 

Massachusetts State Portal

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
The image below is really too small to read. Connect to the above link and search for "social work" or "human services" to see the diverse career opportunities!

New Work Environment for Social Workers:
University of Illinois Police add Social Workers for More Effective Response to Mental Health Crises