Writing and APA Guidelines
Writing is a crucial component of effective social work practice, and students will be expected to produce professional written products. Faculty expects that students’ papers will be well-organized, evidence systematic analysis, and respect rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation. In other words, you must pay attention to the form of your papers as well as the content. Written work must also conform to UM School of Social Work guidelines regarding use of non-sexist language, APA editorial style and students’ careful concern to give proper credit and acknowledgements for ALL words or ideas that are not original student work. Plagiarism occurs when proper credit or acknowledgement does not occur. Refer to the Writing Guidelines & APA Reference Style for in-depth information. Here is another source for very helpful information about writing and use of the APA reference style.