Welcome to Encyclopedia of Social Work, the first continuously updated online collaboration between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Press) and Oxford University Press (OUP). Building off the classic reference work, a valuable tool for social workers for over 85 years, the online resource of the same name offers the reliability of print with the accessibility of a digital platform. Over 400 overview articles, on key topics ranging from international issues to ethical standards, offer students, scholars, and practitioners a trusted foundation for a lifetime of work and research, with new articles and revisions to existing articles added regularly.
The NASW Press and OUP see this resource not as a replacement to the print work, but as an alternative that focuses on consistent review of our content. To ensure that users have access to the most up-to-date articles, Encyclopedia of Social Work online will undergo updates on a monthly basis. Additional site features include:
- 400+ articles edited with precision by a 13-member editorial board and Editor in Chief offering overviews of every facet of social work policy and practice
- Over 200 succinct biographies of key figures in social work history
- Trusted, scholarly content infused with practical advice for social workers in the field
- Article versioning ensures users see the most up-to-date entries, with links back to the first published version
- Supplementary pages offer links to related social work resources, research to practice tips, and more
- Clearly displayed references and further reading suggestions at the bottom of each article link users directly to the cited work, facilitating a seamless research journey
- Articles signed by the author that include an institutional affiliation or a short biography, providing users additional reassurance that each and every article is vetted by an expert
Mission and Goals
The open web provides users with an incredible amount of information, but this content boom can pose a challenge for users who want to ensure they are accessing trusted sources. Our goal in creating this site was to shape the print Encyclopedia of Social Work into a 'living' online resource featuring the highest quality scholarship possible, edited by a team of experts, in a discoverable, reliable environment. With reassurance that the articles live up to the standards of the NASW Press and OUP, users can cut down on research time and find the information they need in one search. Explore the Updating Program page to learn more about our approach to keeping the Encyclopedia of Social Work consistently updated.
Subscription Access and Free Strategy
Throughout July and August 2013, the new Encyclopedia of Social Work site was freely available to users worldwide. This represented a groundbreaking approach to the dissemination of social work content.
The temporary free period allowed our editors to amass a significant amount of new articles and biographies--visit New and Featured for a complete list of the new and revised articles not seen in previous ESW editions. While the site is now accessible fully through subscription, we will continue to feature a selection of free entries, so unauthenticated users can continue to explore articles, in addition to ESW's information pages. And, of course, monthly updates will allow the site to grow and expand, so check back frequently!
Individuals seeking subscription information on a monthly or annual basis can visit How to Subscribe.