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Social Work Abstracts
ISSN: 1070-5317
7" x 10"
Estimated pages: 96 per issue
Annual print subscription: $103 for NASW regular members; $67 for NASW student members; $170 for individual nonmembers; $274 for libraries/institutions.
For more than 50 years, NASW’s abstracting service has been the starting point for literature searches in social work and social welfare. Social Work Abstracts reviews over 500 U.S. and international journals and publishes approximately 500 abstracts each quarter.

Special Features:

  • Classification scheme under four major subject categories - Social Work Profession, Theory and Practice, Areas of Service, and Social Issues/Social Problems

  • Subcategories within major topics

  • Author and subject indexes in each issue

  • Annual cumulative author and subject indexes

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Social Work Abstracts in print form can be used alone or as a guide to online databases with our current hosts, Ovid and EBSCO. Through our electronic partners, users are able to access abstracts to social work journal articles and citations of social work literature.

Ovid’s electronic offering, Social Work Abstracts, formerly listed as Social Work Abstracts PLUS (SWAB+), covers 1968 to present. To request trial access to Social Work Abstracts on the Internet Delivery Program, e-mail a request to For more information on Social Work Abstracts, call Ovid Technologies at 800-343-0064 or visit

EBSCO's electronic offering is listed on the EBSCOhost ® platform. Coverage is 1960-present. To request trial access and find more information about this EBSCO database, visit or call (800) 633-4604.

Social Work Abstracts is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December.
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