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Guide of the Week: Gerontology (Aging)

According to the Census Bureau, by 2030 one in five Americans, including me, will be 65 or older. It’s never too early to prepare for old age, it seems like a good time to highlight this guide linked from the ALA GODORT Handout Exchange:

Selected Bibliography of Gerontology Resources in the Social Work Library, with Selected Web Resources (Sally Haines Lawler, University of Michigan, 2003) Last updated 9/26/2006

The scope note (introduction) to the guide emphasizes that this list is not comprehensive and that people should contact library staff for additional resources. While not comprehensive, the guide is pretty extensive with lists of books, journals, databases, web sites and more. A too brief sample of what’s available includes:

  • Andersson, L. (Ed.). (2002). Cultural gerontology. Westport, Conn.: Auburn House. HQ 1061 .C7931 2002
  • Birren, J.E. (2001). Telling the stories of life through guided autobiography groups. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. RC 953.8 .R43 B5751 2001
  • American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Albany, NY: American Orthopsychiatric Association

    * Full text available only to U-M students; available on campus at Social Work Library (1988-present), Shapiro Undergraduate Library (1980-present)
    * Indexed in: AGELINE, Psychological Abstracts, Social Sciences Citation Index, Social Work Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts


    Conduct a subject search for gerontology. Also try subject searches for social gerontology, geropsychology, psychological aging, biological aging, successful aging, older adults, old old, and young old. Try to be as specific as possible in this database, as it covers aging and older adults, in particular the social, psychological, economic, policy and health care aspects. For additional information, see the Social Work Library’s guide “How to Search CSA Illumina.”

  • http://www.americangeriatrices.org/ American Geriatrics Society.

Aside from the extensive list of resources, the guide also offers a number of search terms to use when searching gerontology issues in library catalogs. Some of the terms offered are: Aged offenders, Frail elderly, Hospice care, Rural aged, and Terminal care.

Check out the rest of the guide. Then see what other topics are available. And if you are a documents librarian with a guide, please add your guide to the wiki!

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