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Writing in Social work and Policy Studies

Social work students and practitioners are required to produce not only academic literature but also other forms of documentation including policy submissions and proposals, case notes and records, funding applications and media statements and releases. Library and other resources and guidelines are available to assist students in writing for Social work and policy practice.

Library catalogue

Search the Library catalogue for books on writing skills for social workers, for example a keyword search social work* writing retrieves the following titles Writing skills for social workers by  Karen Healey and Joan Mulholland and Social work documentation: A guide to strengthening your case recording by Nancy L. Sidell. You can also check the subjects Communication in Social work , social sciencescommunity development or action, and  public administration for additional resources.

Resources from Government, Professional organizations and Advocacy  Agencies

Professional associations - consult organizations website to access guidelines for the preparation of documents such as case notes or court reports see for e.g. Ethics: Australian Association of Social Workers.

Advocacy organizations and NGOs frequently prepare policy submissions for Government Inquiries and statements for the media on many social issues. If you are writing for the media or  working on a policy submission the websites of many organisation include many examples of policy submissions. Visit the follow website for ideas Brotherhood of Saint Laurence, ACOSS policy and media pages and National Shelter media releases and submissions.

Government - many government departments provide useful guidelines for writing funding submissions and grants.

Websites for Federal and State Committees of Inquiry often include submissions made to an Inquiry. These can provide useful examples for submission writing. Look at completed inquiries and their associated submissions.  

Guidelines for Submissions Community Door publishes Guidelines for applying for funding and the Funding Centre provides step by step guidance on applying for funds.

Writing Guides & Tools

Citing in APA 6th Style - Quick Links


EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays, articles and theses.

The University of Sydney has a site license to Endnote; current staff and students may download it for free.

Go to the Library's Endnote Guide to download the software and access training notes. Watch our Endnote training module videos.

Do you need help with Endnote?

Contact the Librarian for Social Work

More American Psychological Association Style links

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