Encyclopedia of Social Work is now a consistently updated digital resource. Visit About to learn more, meet the editorial board, or explore the latest articles.

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Getting Started

Welcome to Encyclopedia of Social Work! This page offers a guide for new users looking to explore the site's features and content. Get started by watching a quick site tour:


Quick Start Guide

ESW offers hundreds of overview articles on a range of key topics in social work study as well as concise biographies of influential figures in social work history. In addition, supplementary resources and information are available through links in the navigation bar on the left to provide users with context and further opportunities in their research journey.

Start browsing all articles and biographies by clicking the "Browse by Subfield" bar near the top of the page and selecting "Browse All" from the drop down menu

Browse by Subfield by clicking the "Browse by Subfield" bar and selecting a category from the drop down menu

Run a search with our one click search tool, located at the top right corner of the page

Meet our Editor in Chief and 13-member editorial board whose interests and experience span the breadth of social work specialties:


Further Resources

Learn about Encyclopedia of Social Work and its journey from a print reference book to an updatable online resource

Read about the NASW Press and OUP partnership to co-publish ESW and other social work resources

Anatomy of an Article offers a quick guide to key article features

Site Help provides answers to questions related to access and links to FAQs and contact information

The ESW Infographic gives new users fast facts about Encyclopedia of Social Work's diverse features


User Information

ESW is a resource designed for a wide audience studying or practicing social work as well as related fields like public health and sociology. See below for tips and suggestions on site use tailored to different users.