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HED 335 - Theories of Substance Use and Abuse

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Understanding Citations

The purpose of a citation is to provide the reader with information to find the source of the author's facts or ideas. A citation includes, at the very least, the title, author, source of publication, and date of publication. 

Citation styles, such as MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian, are sets of rules that determine how citations are formatted. Different disciplines favor certain styles, for social work, you will use the APA (American Psychological Association) style guide.

APA requires both in text citations as well as a reference list at the end of the paper.

In text citations includes the author's last name and the date the article was published in parenthesis before the period at the end of a sentence.

(Jones, 2015)

For the reference list, APA format is as follows:

1st author last name, first initial, 2nd author last name, first initial. (year). Article title. Journal title, volume (issue), page #s. DOI

Miller, A., Hess, J., Bybee, D., & Goodkind, J. (2018). Understanding the mental health consequences of family separation for refugees: Implications for policy and practice. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88(1), 26-37. doi:10.1037/ort0000272


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