Social Change and Innovation: Finding Books and Journal Articles

Resources related to the MSW department. Research focusing on designing social change and leading innovation for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities on a larger scale.

What are scholarly sources?

Scholarly sources are typically publications that have been reviewed by experts within that field before publication. These can include, books, and peer-reviewed journal articles. The resources on this page provide access to scholarly materials. Both scholarly and popular sources are useful when doing research. While scholarly sources are not perfect, the extensive publication process includes many steps for verifying facts, and identifying conflicts of interest which is important for social work practice and education. 

Finding Books at USC

Use the USC Libraries Search and Catalog to find books and e-books that are relevant to your research. Our user's guide for USC Libraries will be helpful. Search for books by title by inputting the title in the search box on the library homepage. If we have the book, it will show up in the results either available as print or ebook. 

To find a book on your topic: 

  1. Go to the home page of the library:
  2. Select Advanced Search from the drop down next to the search box
  3. On the next page, select Material Type - Books
  4. Type in terms to describe the topic (Example: "post-traumatic stress disorder") 
  5. Click Search
  6. To narrow results to e-books, select the filter Available Online

Article Databases