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Social Work: Doctoral Student Resources


Find Books

Research tools and resources for doctoral students in the BCSSW

Search for Books in the BC Collections

Use the catalog to find books, DVDs and other types of materials available at BC.

Start with simple keywords in the search box below to get started.


To do complex keyword searches for books on a topic, we recommend using the Advanced Search because you can:

  • choose where your keywords will appear (title or subject, for instance)
  • limit your search to the Social Work Library holdings
  • limit your results by material type (DVD for instance) or language

TIP: When you go to the shelf to find your book, look at the others nearby; they may be useful, too.

WorldCat: Books from Around the World

WorldCat is a catalog of books in libraries all over the world. With WorldCat you can:

  • See books published on a topic that go beyond what is available at Boston College.
  • Identify books that you want to read and request them through interlibrary loan. WorldCat links you directly to our interlibrary loan service, so this is easy to do.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Can't find the book you need at Boston College? You can request up to three books per day with our free interlibrary loan service. Books requested through interlibrary loan normally take 2-7 business days to arrive.

  • Please click here to request a book through interlibrary loan.
  • You will be asked to sign into the ILL service with your BC username and password, and there will be a quick, online form for you to fill out.
  • Please visit the Interlibrary loan information page to learn more about this service.

Boston Library Consortium

The Boston Library Consortium is an association of 19 university libraries located in New England. As a student at Boston College, you can get a BLC Consortium borrowing card that will allow you to borrow books from these libraries. BLC Libraries in the area include MIT, Boston University, Brandeis, and Northeastern. You can obtain a BLC borrowing card from the reference desk at the O'Neill Library.

Need Help?

Please contact Hannah Ha, Head of the Social Work Library, at or 617-552-3234.