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Human Service Work: Writing & Citing (APA)

This guide will help Human Service Work (HSW) students find research information in the OC Library collection and on the Internet.

Papers submitted to courses at Okanagan College require proper citing of resources used in the research process.  Students in health and social development programs use APA style (American Psychological Association). 

Consult the print version of the APA style manual in your campus library's Reference Collection for more in-depth information:
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, BF 76.7 .P83 2009

Writing a Scholarly Paper

Although the following documents were originally designed for practical nursing they are equally useful for HSW.

Writing a scholarly Practical Nursing paper

A summary of APA style guidelines including organization of paper content, grammar, language, mechanics, and appearance.

Sample student APA paper for PN *REVISED*
A sample paper written in APA style showing organization, title page, in-text citations and references.

APA Tutorials

HSW Textbooks (APA Style)

Citation Management

Found a great research article and want to ensure you don't lose the citation? A citation manager allows you to manage your research articles, and organize your citations for future use. Explore some of these resources and see if one will work for you.

TIP: Citation managers are not perfect and can make mistakes. ALWAYS double check the citations created by managers against the appropriate style guide.


See the OC Calendar 'General academic regulations and policies' on plagiarism.   "Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work or ideas without proper or complete acknowledgement"    (Okanagan College [OC], 2013, Calendar).

Examples of plagiarisim:

  • Copying phrases, sentences, pictures, statistics, graphs, videos or other information without citing the source
  • Failing to use quotation marks to indicate copied information
  • Summarizing or paraphrasing ideas or information without citing the original source
  • Listing a source on the References page but failing to refer to the publication within the body of the assignment.

"Students are responsible for learning and applying the proper scholarly practices for acknowledging the work and ideas of others". (OC, 2013, Calendar): This student responsibility applies in all formats (print, online and others).

Use the Avoid Plagiarism Tutorial to test yourself and find out more about plagiarism.

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