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How to Use the Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Social Work

How to Use the Encyclopedia

There are nearly four hundred entries in Encyclopedia of Social Work, twentieth edition, arranged in alphabetical order letter by letter. These are followed by almost two hundred biographies of pioneers in the field of social work. The contributors have sought to write in clear language with a minimum of technical vocabulary. A selective bibliography at the end of each article directs the reader who wishes to pursue a topic in greater detail to primary sources and the most important scholarly works, plus the most useful works in English.

To guide readers from one article to related discussions elsewhere in the Encyclopedia, end-references appear at the end of many articles. There are cross-references within the body of a few articles. Blind entries direct the user from an alternate form of an entry term to the entry itself. For example, the blind entry “Elderly People” directs the reader to “See Aging.” At the end of volume 4 the reader can find a topical outline (which shows how articles relate to one another and to the overall design of the Encyclopedia), the directory of contributors, and a comprehensive index.

Terry Mizrahi

Larry E. Davis