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Best Websites: Social Work

Links to government, educational, and organizational websites that provide quality social work-related information and resources.

General Social Work Links

American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare
Founded on November 6, 2009, the Academy is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high-impact work that advances social good.

ASWB: Association of Social Work Boards
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is the nonprofit organization composed of and owned by the social work regulatory boards and colleges of all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and all 10 Canadian provinces. ASWB owns and maintains the social work licensing examinations that are used to test a social worker’s competence to practice ethically and safely. This site includes a link to a practice exam available for a fee, and exam content outlines and tutorials available for free.

Council on Social Work Education
Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 800 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Students can use this site to find accredited programs in social work, discover resources, and explore scholarships.

International Federation of Social Workers
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is the global body for the profession. The Federation and its national members strive for social justice, human rights and inclusive, sustainable social development through the promotion of social work best practice and engagement in international cooperation.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Founded in 1955, NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW): Code of Ethics
On August 4, 2017, the NASW Delegate Assembly approved the most substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics since 1996.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW): Practice Standards & Guidelines
NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines provide benchmarks that describe the services that social workers should provide; that employers should support and that consumers should expect.They reflect current and emerging best practice trends.

The New Social Worker Online
The New Social Worker is a magazine for social work students, new graduates, and others who wish to learn and grow in their social work careers.

The New Social Worker: Social Work Web Sites
A wide variety of web sites compiled by the publishers of the New Social Worker Magazine.

Social Welfare History Project
Pioneering social worker John E. (Jack) Hansan, Ph.D., launched the Social Welfare History Project in 2010. Recognizing the power of the World Wide Web as an information-sharing platform, Hansan created the site to help the public understand and appreciate the history of social reform and social welfare services that have strengthened the fabric of American society. It is now being maintained by the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries. provides a wide variety of information for social work students such as: links to important resources, organizations and leaders in the field, and scholarship sources.

Social Work Policy Institute
The Social Work Policy Institute examines issues that relate to the work of social workers, including how to serve people who have multiple or complex needs and how public agencies and other structures deliver health and human services.

Social Work Policy Institute: Evidence-Based Practice
This Web site seeks to promote the integration of evidence-based mental health treatments into social work education and research. The Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Resources section provides tools that can be used to identify EBPs, online resources that can inform the EBP process and a list of publications for further information. The Partnership Examples section highlights some existing partnerships created between researchers and practitioners that further EBP.

Social Work Today Magazine
A magazine created to help social workers stay up-to-date on all the news and trends in the field.

SWES: Social work Examination Services
Since 1983, Social Work Examination Services has been the leader in providing on-site review courses and home study programs specifically designed to prepare social workers for license examinations throughout the United States.

University of Illinois Selected Social Work Websites
Maintained by the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this site provides numerous links to social work content on topics such as professional organizations and scholarly societies, statistical sources, educational and career resources, and special topics.

UW-Madison Social Work Profession Web Sites
This site, maintained by the Social Work Library at the University of Wisconsin Madison, provides more than 50 links to social work content on a broad range of topics.


Last Updated 4/29/2020