UT Arlington Library logo  and link to UT Arlington Library homepage

Subject & Course Guides

Social Work Abstracts

Library Guide Series


Social Work Abstracts has been produced by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) since 1965, and it contains citations from more than 50,000 articles found in more than 400 social work and social service journals. There are also citations to hundreds of social work dissertations. Many topics are covered, such as, homelessness, AIDS, child & family welfare, aging, substance abuse, social legislation and public policy, community organization, child abuse, maltreatment, and neglect, counseling & treatment therapies, and more social work topics.

Social Work Abstracts is available to current UT Arlington faculty and students at this web addresses:



The truncation symbol in Social Work Abstracts is an asterisk (*). When this symbol is put at the end of a word the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that word. For example, the command HOMELESS* will search for both the word HOMELESS and the word HOMELESSNESS.

Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR. Here is an example:


The first part of this statement will find material about people without shelter--the homeless or runaways. The second part will look for the words "program" or "programs" or "policy" or "policies". The AND links the two sets together. This might be an effective way to look for information about programs or policies to aid the homeless and runaway population.

John Dillard, MA, MS - - dillard@uta.edu
Social Work and Social Sciences Librarian

UT Arlington Library Online
Send comments to: webteam@library.uta.edu
Box 19497 - University of Texas at Arlington - Arlington, Texas - 76019 - (817) 272-3000
Last Modified: 2016 January 6th
Copyright © UT Arlington Library