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Human Behavior & the Social Environment



Welcome HBSE Students!


Research Help for SW 7721: Human Behavior & the Social Environment

This guide was designed by the Social Work Library staff to help you find the information you need as you work on your mid-term and final exam assignments. 

Getting Started

What Kind of Information Do You Need?

    • Books to give me a soild overview of a topic.

    • Supplementary information or statistics from websites.

Encyclopedia of Social Work

This four-volume work is available online! (Online Source: BC Community Only). It has detailed articles related to different stages of life and the issues that impact them. Each entry has links to related articles and web links.

We are here to help!

Our job is to help you in any way that we can. Please stop by the library, call us, send us an e-mail, or make an appointment to work one-on-one with a librarian.

How to get help:

  • Stop by the reference desk at the Social Work Library anytime that is convenient for you.
  • Please feel free to make an appointment to see a librarian. If you set up an appointment, we will be able to find out about your research topic before we meet with you. Knowing your topic in advance will allow us to have information and research strategies ready for you when you come in. To make an appointment, please send an e-mail to Hannah Ha at
  • I check my e-mail throughout the day to see if you have sent me any questions. My e-mail address is
  • Give me a call anytime!  I will be glad to walk you through the process of doing your research over the phone. You can reach me at: 617-552-3234.



For questions, please contact Hannah Ha at or 617-552-3234

For our Offsite Students

A special note to our off-site students: if you need to use any books in our reference collection, we would be happy to e-mail you selected chapters from the books. E-mail us at and let us know if you would like us to send you any chapters.



Use this form for questions or comments about the BC Libraries or the website. If you have a research question you can also email or chat with a librarian.

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