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Social Work

This guide is a collection of resources to make research and library use easier for the social work students, faculty, and staff. It's designed as a central hub of information about the library & its social work-related resources.

How to cite APA Style

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) is specifically designed for writing in the behavioral sciences and social sciences—including psychology, linguistics, sociology, economics, and criminology—as well as business and nursing, but can be used by anyone.

In general, APA style uses brief in-text citations that correspond to a reference list of full citations. The library has many style guides to help you with APA formatting.

APA Style resources

APA Style 

Visit the APA Style website for quick answers on references and formatting questions and advice on writing for the sciences. The site is maintained by the American Psychological Association and it is fully searchable. It includes:

 

Free Citation Tools

There are a lot of tools to help you create citations automatically, whether you have a database citation or the OneSearch citation tool. However, you may want to cite things you find elsewhere. If you need to create an APA citation, try Citation Builder it's an excellent tool to automatically generate citations for print or online sources: lib.ncsu.edu/citationbuilder

Current APA style guide

Citation tools

Citation Generating Tools

These resources can help you format your bibliographies and references:

  • Citation Builder
  • ZoteroBib — use a URL, ISBN, DOI, PMID, arXiv ID, or title and get a full citation! 
  • EndNote (you have to create your account while on campus or using your York VPN, but then you can access your account anywhere)
  • RefWorks (you have to create your account while on campus or using your York VPN, but then you can access your account anywhere)

Most of the citations tools are updated regularly, but you can always explore the rest of citations research guide for more information on commonly-used styles.