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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

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.

  • Use APA style for formatting and reference citations.


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?

  • 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?

  • 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).


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:

  • 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?

  • 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 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

    • 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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