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Applied Social Care: Books & eBooks

A guide for students of Social Care



The easiest way to locate books in the library is to use the search box located on most library web pages, called SEARCH + FIND.

Library books are shelved according to subject area, using a numerical shelving system. Some useful shelf numbers:

  • 150 Psychology
  • 300 Social sciences
  • 306 Cultures and institutions
  • 307 Communities
  • 320 Political science
  • 323 Civil and political rights
  • 344 Law
  • 360 Social problems and social services
  • 361 Social problems and social welfare
  • 362 Social welfare problems and services

When you search SEARCH + FIND, it will indicate the shelf number where the book is located. In some cases there will be three letters after the number; this makes shelving and retrieval easier.

Library Book Categories


Most of the books on the library shelves are in this category. Students may borrow up to four titles at any one time for one week.

Desk Reserve

These titles are shelved behind the Library Desk. They are for use in the library only.  They can be checked out onto student accounts for up to three hours.


Reference material is located on the ground floor, this material cannot be checked out. You will find dictionaries, thesaurus and encyclopedia in this section.

Government Publications          

This material is located on the reference shelving, most items are boxed according to the government department from where they are published. Government publications are library use only.

Finding Books and eBooks using SEARCH + FIND

 If you know the title or author type it in to the search box and choose the relevant button and search.    For print books you will see a green button ; this will lead you to the number of copies the library holds, the library location and the call number which tells you exactly where it is shelved.   Alternatively you can type keywords into the box, for e.g. social inclusion.  Then use the filters in the left-hand column of the results page to narrow down your search.  Remember to be as specific as possible when searching for a topic.


The big advantage of books in digital format is that you can access them when the library is closed.  Use your laptop, tablet or phone to read online or download to your device. The library holds collections of titles from various suppliers including Ebsco, Dawsonera and MyiLibrary.  Collections can change over time as new titles are added and others deleted.  The library also purchases ebooks outright (400 titles at the moment); we own them so they will always be available. You can search all the library's ebooks through SEARCH + FIND.  Then simply click on the green Full Text box to read it online or if you wish download the text.


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Free eBooks

Free eBooks

There are many free eBooks available on the Internet. These tend to be scanned originals that are out of copyright such as those on Google Books.

Other free eBook resources include:


Digital Book Index




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