Comprehensiveness of Social Work Abstracts as a database for researchers and practitioners

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Objective: The comprehensiveness of Social Work Abstracts (SWA) as a database was examined. Method: The coverage of articles of Research on Social Work Practice and Social Work Research in SWA from 1995 to 2005 was examined. SWA was compared with other databases on several dimensions. A case study based on the author's publications was conducted. Results: Not all articles published in these two journals were indexed in SWA. The number of social-work-related articles in SWA was lower than those in other databases. Articles relevant to social work and the allied helping professions were omitted in SWA. Conclusions: The comprehensiveness of journal articles indexed in SWA was not high.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-506
Number of pages7
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • CSA Sociological Abstracts
  • Electronic databases
  • Medline
  • PsycINFO
  • Research on Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Abstracts
  • Social Work Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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