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SOCW 3302: Critical Thinking

Guide to finding, evaluating, citing appropriate critical sources for social work students

Citation Style

  • You are required to use APA style for your writing.
  • Style is much more than formatting references. It includes:
    • language usage
    • font size, line spacing, and page numbering
    • paragraph, page, and table formatting, etc
  • There is a copy of the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association at the Research & Access Desk.


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APA Style

APA Style is used primarily in the social and behavioral sciences, such as Psychology, Sociology, and similar disciplines.

Use the following links from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) to format your:

  1. APA Paper
  2. Reference List
  3. APA In-text Citations

Additionally, the library has a print copy of the APA manual. See below for further information on finding a copy:

If you're not sure about how to cite sources, contact the writing center or



Helpful links

Other Helpful Citation Resources

These are just a few free tools you can use to manage your research, articles, and citations to help you stay organized.