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Social Work (HE): Books & E-Books

Books and E-Books

Textbooks are the first place for you to start when learning about issues relating to Social Work, or Social Work practice.  Buy or borrow at least one book from your reading list, and use the other books to read more on your subject.  Many of our textbooks are also available online - you can find these on the Library Catalogue.

You can borrow up to 20 books for 2 weeks.  After this time, they will renew for 1 more week unless someone else requests a copy.  They will keep renewing for up to 20 times.

Use the library catalogue to check what we have in stock, whether it is available or on loan, or available as an e-Book,  and to reserve items.

Module reading lists

Accessing MacMillan Explorers Social Work

MacMillan Explorers provide university students and academics with unlimited access to a wealth of comprehensive, high quality eTextbooks.  Our new Social Work collection has over 200 titles of both Social Work and Study Skills books in the following areas: Social Work Practice, Social Work Skills, Social Work: Theory and Methods, Social Work with Adults, Social Work with Children and Familes, Ethics and Values, Human Development and Psychology, Social Work, Disability and Mental Health, and Social Policy and Social Work Law.  Access is unlimited, and books can be read on phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and Kindle Fire. 

Go to

Click on the blue Login button

Choose the Select Your Institution option and select ‘Bradford College’ from the list of institutions.

Log in using a your college ID and password 

You will be prompted to enter an email address (one time only) - use your college email address. 

You will receive a confirmation email - this may go into your junk mail. 

Copy the verification link within the email and paste it into a browser. 

You should then be taken back through to the explorers platform and be logged in.

Where are the books for Social Work?

Books relating to Social Work tend to be in the Social Sciences area of the library, beginning at 300

Social Work is shelved at 361.32, with Social Policy at 361.61.  There are also Social Care and Community journals in the journals area, and Study Skills books for help with academic writing, reading and note-taking, and PDP.  You can use the library catalogues to find the exact location of your books. 

Some books are shelved in Hockney Stack. If you see that your books are at this location, find a member of library staff who will collect the book for you.  This is because we are unable to shelve all the library books upstairs in the main library.

Reference books cannot be taken out of the Library.  These are shelved with the lending books, so look out for the Reference sticker on the spine. 

I can't find my book

If we don't have the book you need on the shelf, check the library catalogue.  If it is out, you can usually reserve it so that when it is returned, it is kept for you to collect.  Please note that we will let you know when your book has been put aside for you by emailing your college email account. You may find that the book is in the Hockney Stack.  If this is the case, just ask a member of library staff and we will collect it for you. If we don't have the book or journal article at all, we may be able to request it for you from another library.  Click on the tab for Inter-Library loans to get more information. 


We have a growing number of electronic books available. E-books can be accessed 24/7 from outside College.

Find the book you need by using the Library Catalogue. You may also see links to eBooks in this Moodle course - click on the title of your topic to see a selected reading list.  You may also find links to eBooks on your course pages, or other library pages.

Just enter your usual College (Moodle) login when asked for a password.

You can print from eBooks but only a limited amount of pages.  This is to comply with copyright law.

Please get in touch if you have any difficulties in using eBooks.

How do I know if my book is scholarly?

Most books in the Library are bought to support academic courses taught in college, but it is worth checking if your book is aimed at an academic audience.  Ask the following questions:

  • Is it a general interest book or is it written for an academic audience?  Check the back cover which will usually indicate who the book is aimed at.    
  • Is there extensive referencing or a bibliography?
  • Is it published by reputable scholarly or university presses, such as OUP, CUP, Palgrave, MacMillan, Wiley, Elsevier, Policy Press. Check the publisher online if you are not sure. 
  • Are the authors affiliated with a university or an organisation in your field?
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