Social Work Practice II (450:192)

Selected Information Resources
Diagnostic Manual | Practice Guidelines | Medical Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Websites | Specific Disorders or Diseases | Drug Information | Legal Resources | Finding Articles

This Course Page is designed to supplement the information contained in the Social Work Subject Guide (  You are encouraged to consult both guides to learn how to find the information you need.


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR.  4th edition, text revision.
UNI Reference Desk Cabinet and UNI Stacks RC 455.2 C4D54 2000
Recognized as the standard, authoritative reference for the classification and description of mental disorders, that is, “manifestation(s) of a behavioral, psychological, or biological dysfunction in the individual.” Mental disorders are grouped into 16 major diagnostic classes such as mood, anxiety, dissociative, eating, or adjustment disorders. Diagnostic features; associated features and disorders; culture, age, and gender features; prevalence; course; and familial pattern are given for each disorder. For each disorder differential diagnosis information and a diagnostic criteria list are also provided. Appendices include decision trees for differential diagnosis and a glossary. A subject index by diagnoses is at the end of the volume. 


Developed by professional bodies and health-care organizations, clinical practice guidelines provide recommendations for standard care for a variety of medical or mental conditions.


National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)
NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical (medical) practice guidelines.  The Clearinghouse is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was originally created in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans.  NGC offers links to the guidelines, syntheses of selected guidelines, and expert commentary.  Search by keyword or use the NGC Browse function. 

Social Work

Social Work Speaks
UNI Reference HV 88 N36 2009; earlier editions UNI Stacks
Contains the policy statements adopted by the most recent National Association of Social Workers Delegate Assembly. NASW policy statements on aging and wellness; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; end-of-life care; HIV and AIDS; hospice care; long-term care; and other issues are printed in full. Each entry includes background material, an issue statement, a policy statement, legislative history, and references. Brief summaries of these statements are available through the NASW Website at


American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association practice guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and treatment of adults with psychiatric disorders. This page links to the complete text of all APA practice guidelines published on Psychiatry Online. 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Practice guidelines for the treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.


The Merck Manual of Medical Information
UNI Reference  RC 81 M55 2003 and online (access through UNISTAR)

Oxford Textbook of Medicine
UNI Reference RC 46 O995 2005 (3 volumes)

Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, healthfinder® is a free gateway to consumer health and human services information selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations.

MedlinePlus contains information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Through Medline Plus users have access to information about over 800 medical conditions, drugs and drug supplement information, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, over 165 interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news, as well as medical journal articles.

Mayo Clinic
Through this Website access is provided to the experience and knowledge of the more than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers of Mayo Clinic. Included is information about symptoms, drugs & supplements, and tests & procedures.  The site is developed in compliance with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information and has won numerous quality awards.

The Virtual Hospital (The University of Iowa)
Developed by the faculty and staff from the University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics, this Website provides reliable health care information.  Use the Health Library tab to access the online Health Information Library.


Internet Sources

Use to search the Web for associations or societies concerned with the disorder or condition.  In the Search Window type the name of the disorder, a space, and .org to identify organizations concerned with the disorder or condition. 

Reference Sources

In addition to books in the Stacks which discuss particular diseases, symptoms, and treatment, Rod Library has specialized medical encyclopedias, dictionaries, and sourcebooks.  To identify sources in Reference, do an Advanced UNISTAR search using the disorder and the location UNI REF.

Some reference sources:

  • Encyclopedia of Alzheimer’s Disease
    UNI Reference RC 523 M665 2003
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Sourcebook
    UNI Reference RC 523.2 A45 2003
  • The Cancer Dictionary
    UNI Reference  RC 262 A39 2007
  • The Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders
    UNI Reference RC 552 E18C37 2006
  • The Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma
    UNI Reference RC 552 P67E53 2008
  • Encyclopedia of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    UNI Reference RC 200.1 M66 2005


RxList: The Internet Drug Index

Physicians’ Desk Reference: PDR
UNI Reference RS 250 P5 2011

Physicians’ Desk Reference for Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements
UNI Reference Desk RM 671.A1 P48 2011

PDR for Herbal Medicines
UNI Reference RM 666.H33 P37 2004

Handbook of Medicinal Herbs
UNI Reference QK 99.A1 D83 2002

Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals
UNI Reference RS 51 M4 2001


Black's Law Dictionary (8th ed.)
UNI Ref Desk CBT KF 156 B53 2004
Authoritative definitions of legal terms and concepts.

West’s Encyclopedia of American Law (2nd ed.)
UNI Reference KF 154 W47 2005 (10 volumes)  online (access through UNISTAR)

Elder Law (4th ed.)
UNI Reference KF 390 A4F752 2006

Code of Iowa
UNI Reference  KFI 4230 A2 (Earlier in Stacks)
Online at

United States Code
GPO Access site
U.S. House of Representative site

United States Code Service
Access Rod Library Web page (, click on View a list of databases A-Z , select LexisNexis Academic, click Legal tab, select Federal & State, enter your search with the Document United States Code Service selected 

see also Rod Library Documents & Maps Website at


Access Rod Library Web page (, click on “Databases A-Z,” and select the database of interest alphabetically. Or, click on  “Subjects A-Z (Panther Prowler)” to identify and search databases by broad subject group.


LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis Congressional

Social Work
Social Work Abstracts
Social Services Abstracts





Barb Weeg, Rod Library, October 3, 2011