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.
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 sciences, community 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.
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.
Do you need help with Endnote?
Contact the Librarian for Social Work firstname.lastname@example.org