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An Introduction to Writing Papers in APA Style. Bethany Lee, Ph.D. Assistant Professor UMB School of Social Work. Graduate School papers:. Are well-researched. Present logical, substantiated arguments. Are well-organized. Demonstrate standard grammar and spelling.

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An introduction to writing papers in apa style

An Introduction to Writing Papers in APA Style

Bethany Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

UMB School of Social Work


Graduate school papers

Graduate School papers:

  • Are well-researched.

  • Present logical, substantiated arguments.

  • Are well-organized.

  • Demonstrate standard grammar and spelling.

  • Use APA style for formatting and reference citations.


What is apa style

What is APA style?

  • The Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.) is the standard style adopted by many social and behavioral sciences- including SSW.

  • APA 6th Ed. has recently been released (July 2009).


How do i find the apa manual

How do I find the APA Manual?

  • View a copy at the library

  • Buy it at the bookstore or online (~$25)

    You need to have access to a copy.

  • Online info is not usually sufficient.

  • RefWorks will help format your paper in APA style, but it is only a tool.


Why use apa

Why use APA?

  • Consistency, uniformity in style.

  • Standard system for giving credit to others who have contributed to your work.

  • Poorly written papers lead to poor grades.

  • Plagiarism has SERIOUS consequences (including failing grades and referral to the Student Review Committee).


When do i use apa style

MOST COMMONLY:

…research papers

… papers that require citations of published materials

LESS COMMONLY:

…reaction papers,

…opinion papers,

…casenotes

When do I use APA style?

Your instructor will let you know

when APA is required.

If unsure, ASK!


How to avoid plagiarism

How to avoid plagiarism:

  • CITE an author’s exact words and use “ “.

  • CITE an idea that is paraphrased.

  • CITE an author’s work that you summarized.

  • CITE a claim that is based on opinion.

  • CITE information that isn’t common knowledge.

  • CITE if you are unsure.


What is common knowledge

What is common knowledge?

  • Factual information in the public domain- historical events

  • Information contained in multiple standard reference works

    Examples:

  • Jane Addams founded Hull House.

  • NASW is the professional organization for social work.


Where can i learn more about apa style

Where can I learn moreabout APA style?

  • Writing Center, 222 N. Pine, 410-706-7725

  • SSW Office of Student Affairs

    • Writing Skills instruction

    • Peer-to-Peer Tutoring Program

  • Today’s “Guidelines for Writing a Research Paper” presentation (12:30-1:15pm- SSW Auditorium)


  • Other apa resources

    Other APA Resources

    • http://apastyle.apa.org/

    • http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

    • http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/apa/

    • http://library.austincc.edu/help/APA/

    • http://www.writinghelp-central.com/apa.html

    • http://www.crk.umn.edu/library/links/apa5th.htm

    • http://library.concordia.ca/help/howto/apa.php

    • http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/research/apaintext.html

    • http://www.vanguard.edu/faculty/ddegelman/index.aspx?doc_id=796

    Please note that on-line resources are not as comprehensive as the APA Style Manual 5th or 6th Ed. The Style Manual is the final word on APA style.


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