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Social Welfare

Reading lists

Most modules have a reading list to support your studies with essential and recommended books and articles. Our new Reading Lists Online system allows you to easily access electronic content on the list and find out the latest status of print books - and request these through our Click and Collect service.

You should find a link to your reading list through Blackboard (or MS Teams if that is used for your module).  You can also access the system through the link below. On the Find Lists page you can search by your module title, module code or the name of your module leader.  

Books for your subject


Finding Social Welfare books in the library

You will find books for Social Welfare on the Stoke campus in Library Core.

You can request books from another library site - find out how to do this here.


You may wish to browse the library shelves for books related to nursing. Find books with the following shelf-marks on their spine stickers. The library uses the Dewey Decimal system to categorise print books.

Subject Area Dewey Number
Psychology 150
Social Work Practice 361.32
Social Policy 361.6
Mental Health 362.2
Learning Disabilities 362.3
Physical Disabilities 362.4
Poverty 362.5
Social Work with the Elderly 362.6
Social Work with Children 362.7
Children in Care 362.73
Fostering  362.733
Adoption 362.734
Child Abuse and Neglect 362.76
Family Social Work 362.82


Many of the library's books are available electronically. Find out how to find and use these on the eBooks guide

Social Welfare books

Below is a selection of Social Welfare books (including eBooks) that are available via the Library. The link takes you through to Library Search where you can search subject keywords to find more. For help using Library Search, have a look at this guide.

New Books

This annual handbook provides comprehensive coverage of all social security benefits and the tax credits scheme. It is fully indexed and cross-referenced throughout to the relevant legislation.

Guide to using ebooks

Ebooks are electronic versions of print texts and are available to you 24/7 from any device which is connected to the internet, so can be used anytime and anywhere both on and off campus. When we buy books we have a 'digital first' approach so you will find we have access to thousands of ebooks and many of the recommended resources on your reading lists will be available electronically.

Ebooks have a range of features to allow you to make notes, highlight text and change appearance to help make them more accessible to you.

Look at our detailed ebooks guide to learn more about the various ebook platforms we subscribe to and how you can make best use of each of these.