Social Work Abstracts

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Social Work Abstracts offers extensive coverage of more than 450 social work and human services journals dating back to 1965. Produced by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the database provides indexing and abstracts dealing with all aspects of the social work field, including theory and practice, areas of service and social issues and problems. Researchers seeking scholarly and professional perspectives on subjects such as therapy, education, human services, addictions, child and family welfare, mental health, civil and legal rights, and more will find Social Work Abstracts to be an indispensable resource. (from the website)

Content is predominantly American, but does include articles from Canada, Britain, and Australia.

The focus of this database is on the applied practice of the profession. For more policy oriented information try the Social Services Abstracts Information about the database database.


A maximum of 4 simultaneous users is permitted.  If you cannot connect because it's busy, try again later.

This is not a full text database, but it provides links to Get It! Trent.

The link provided here opens several databases (Social Work Abstracts, Academic Search Elite, EBSCO E-Books) with an option to also include Public Administration Abstracts.  From the database selection screen you can choose which ones to search.  Hint: click on a title to search that databases exclusively.

1965 - current
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.  

To locate a stable URL in EBSCO, click on the title of an article to view the full citation

  • Click the "Permalink" icon on the right side of the screen.
  • A box opens with the permalink displayed. 
  • Add the proxy prefix to the front, for off-campus access:

Note that this url can only bring a user back to the citation in the Social Work Abstracts database.  If you want to link to the full text of an article, follow the link to the article and look for a durable URL at that site.

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