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Be An Author! Publishing in Social Welfare

Writing is an essential skill for any social welfare scholar. Whether writing for a class, professional writing when you are out in the field, or writing scholarly research, the Dewey Graduate Library has a number of resources to guide you through the writing process. The NASW published an interesting website that shows social workers’ publications are very infrequently mentioned in the media or cited in scholarly literature. They posted an interesting article with an number of tips for social workers who wish to be published. Here are some helpful resources if you are interested in professional writing for the social work field:

American, P. A. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 A62X 2010

Belcher, W. L. (2009). Writing your journal article in 12 weeks: a guide to academic publishing success. Los Angeles, Calif: SAGE Publications.
Dewey Library / Reference: Z 471 B45 2009

Healy, K. (2007). Writing skills for social workers. Los Angeles, CA; London, UK: Sage Publications.
Dewey Library / HV 29.7 H43 2007

Kitchin, R. (2005). The academics’ guide to publishing. London; Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications.
Dewey Library / Reference: Z 286 S37 K58 2005

National, A. of S. W. (2009). An author's guide to social work journals (5th ed.). Washington, DC: NASW Press.
Dewey Library / Reference: HV 85 M46 2009

Professional writing for the human services. (1993). Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers, NASW Press.
Dewey Library / Reference: HV 41 P759 1993

Szuchman, L. T. (2008). Writing with style: APA style for social work (3rd ed.). Australia?; Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 W85X 2008

The Columbia guide to social work writing. (2012). New York: Columbia University Press.
Dewey Library / Reference: HV 29.7 C65 2012

If you have any questions about these resources or other social work topics, please contact Elaine Lasda Bergman our social welfare subject specialist at 442-3695 or