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Oxford University Press has partnered with the NASW on the Encyclopedia of Social Work, a continuously updated online collaboration building off the classic reference work.

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In September 2022, 106 new full articles and 8 revised articles across 22 disciplines have been published on the Oxford Research Encyclopedias platform. Explore the recently published articles now.

First Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work Articles Published Online

Oxford University Press and the National Association of Social Workers Press are pleased to announce the online publication of articles that are destined to be included in the print edition of the inaugural Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work (EOMSW). The articles in question—Disability and Political Interventions—signal the beginning of continuous online publication of EOMSW content that will culminate in a three-volume print work expected to appear in 2022.

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