Academic Resources

APA Writing Resources

Written Assignments: Style and References

Papers written for graduate courses are expected to include references to relevant literature. The School expects reference use to comport with the standards set out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Sixth edition. Additional resources are listed below:

All Students: The BUSSW APA Style Guide: A Writing Reference for Social Work Students contains tips on basic formatting and a summary of APA guidelines for citing sources in your papers. For help how to best read for your courses, please see the SSW Guide to Critical Reading.

SSW Writing Tutor

Yvette Anderson is the SSW Writing Tutor. She provides assistance to any student in the SSW who needs help with her/his academic writing tasks. For many students this means help only in editing a final draft of a paper. For others, organizing the content and using appropriate style and grammar are problems. Yvette is available to assist at any step of the writing process—from tips on effective reading and note taking to the final draft.

Office Hours—Room 107
Monday          Noon–4 p.m.
Tuesday         Noon–4 p.m.
Wednesday   Noon–7 p.m.
Charles River Campus

You may contact her in the following ways:
By Office Visit
Just drop in if no one is signed up at that time.
By Appointment
Sign up by appointment calendar:
By E-mail:
Please email, drop off, or fax your papers two days before your appointment. She has a mailbox in the main office. Always include a copy of the assignment.

By Telephone—617-353-5178
You may call during office hours with questions that can be handled by phone, such as simple citations, or to schedule an appointment. You may also leave messages, and she will get back to you.

By Fax—617-353-5612
If you cannot drop off or email your assignments, you may need to fax them.

Please note that my office hours are held only when classes are in session at the Charles River Campus. She is not available during holidays, semester breaks, or during the summer.
She is available to help off-campus students with their writing assignments by scheduled telephone consultation:

  1. Sign up by appointment calendar:
  2. Email your papers and fax or email your assignments two days before you would like to schedule a telephone appointment.
  3. Include a telephone number and a time you can be reached so that Yvette can call you to schedule the telephone consultation. Also, provide a fax number where she can fax back your paper with corrections/suggestions.

The telephone consultation will focus on correction/comments and should not take longer than 30 minutes. (Remember that consultations can be scheduled only during office hours on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.)

SSW Research Tutor

Alison Drew, a doctoral student in the Sociology and Social Work Doctoral Program, is the Research Tutor.  Her office is Room B41 on the 270 side of the BUSSW.  She is available by appointment, and there is a weekly sign-up sheet posted outside her office door when classes are in session.  She can also be reached by telephone (617-353-0264) or by email.

BU CRC Writing Resources

Online Writing Resources