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Writing Resources and References

***The School of Social Work is aware that a 7th edition of the APA Style Manual is being released in October. Because of the timing of the release, the School will continue to use the 6th edition APA Style Manual for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Tutorials on Understanding Plagiarism and Scholarly Writing

  • Librarians from UNC, Duke, NCSU and NCCU created this new interactive site, which teaches you how to recognize plagiarism and how to avoid it.

English-as-a-Second-Language Resources

  • UNC's Writing Center offers support for non-native speakers of English, including international undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students, and postdoctoral scholars.
  • ESL Writing Groups: Small groups working in a similar discipline who meet weekly to share, discuss, and improve their academic writing.
  • ESL Mini-courses: Free, non-credit classes on writing, grammar, vocabulary (online), presentations, and pronunciation.

Non-UNC online writing resources

  • APA Style Blog Site - The official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. The site is run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day.
  • Purdue OWL - Online writing lab at Purdue University that houses writing resources and instructional material.
  • APA citation site - An online guide from George Washington University's Health Sciences Library to help users create citations using APA
  • APA Online Sources - Great resource from Lansing Community College Library, including many APA style examples.

School of Social Work writing resources

  • APA Quick Reference Guide - Quick reference tool for APA style issues that most frequently arise in student writing. This a condensed version of the APA publication manual, which should still be consulted for more comprehensive information.
  • What's New in the APA 6th Edition? - Everything you need to know about all the recent changes to the American Psychological Association's Manual of Style.
  • How To Write a Great Paper - General writing tips and advice on presenting a paper that will be well-received by instructors.
  • Template for an APA-Formatted Paper- A document that shows you what a properly formatted paper should look like, including examples of headings, tables and figures, and references.


Writing Workshop Powerpoint Presentations (PDF)


The Portable Editor: Writing Tip Sheets