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Social Work: Citing Sources

Writing Lab

If you have a question regarding writing style, visit the Writing Lab located in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 315.  Faculty members are available for assistance during open lab hours.  Check the Writing Lab's web page for more information.

What is APA Style?

For a sample research paper, and citation examples, go to the APA Style LibGuide.

APA Style consists of guidelines published within the 6th edition of The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

          These guidelines cover: 

           *format of scholarly manuscripts  

           *grammar and punctuation   

           *graphic elements (such as charts and graphs)

           *rules for citing  sources                                                                                                                      


At Dalton State, instructors in the Department of Social Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and School of Business Administration may require students to use the APA style for various types of assignments. 

Copies of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association are available at the Reference desk.  

   This is an example of a commonly-used source:

Reference page:

National Association of Social Workers. (1999).  Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.

          Washington, DC.  NASW Press.


In-text citation

(National Association of Social Workers, 1999)