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Social Work Research: Additional Information for MSW Students

Research in social work for undergraduate, BSW, and MSW students

About This Page

This page describes privileges and services of particular interest to MSW students since many of the students in this online program are studying at a distance.

Additional information is available through the library's web site concerning Services for...Graduate Students and Services for...Students at a Distance.

Borrowing Privileges for Graduate Students

For graduate students, most books listed in Primo are available for term loan (4 months).


Borrowing books from UW/UG/WLU

  • Search Primo. Once you have found a book you want to borrow, click on the Requests tab underneath the book title.  Then follow 'Sign in to place a hold or recall'.
  • Select "hold" if the book is listed in library OR "recall" if the book is on-loan.
  • If you are not picking up the book in-person, select the pickup location 'UW Dist Ed' and enter your full name, mailing address, and phone number. This can be a work or home address.

Returning Books to UW

By mail: Books can be mailed or returned by courier at your own expense. Books must be postmarked before the due date of the book. Return books to:

Book/Article Retrieval Service

Dana Porter Library

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo ON N2L 3G1

519-888-4567 ext. 84883

Drop off: Drop off TUG books at the circulation desk of any Ontario university library (except U of Toronto) and they will be returned at no-cost to you by the Inter University Transit Service.

Exception: Do not use this for RACER books. RACER books must be mailed or couriered to UW.

Borrow directly from your local university

Planning to visit another university?  Graduate students can freely borrow books directly from other Canadian universities (U of Toronto requires additional fee).  Browse the library catalogues to learn what is available.   


Search these collections of online books and view the text at your desktop.  Some ebooks are freely accessible through the Internet while others will prompt you to login with your WATCARD barcode and last name. 

Google Books

Search the Google Books collection.  You may be able to access the full text book online or just search Primo for the book title to determine if you can access the book in the UW, UG or WLU libraries.

Google Book Search