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Lund University

Social Work: Academic Writing

Academic writing and references

Social Sciences Faculty Library

Tools for reference management

A reference management program will help you collect and sort the reference you need in your work.

You can use it all the way in your Word document or just add a reference list at the end of your paper.

All students and staff at Lund University are welcome to use EndNote and RefWorks on a campus licence. For more information and guidance go to:

Citing & referencing

Harvard is the reference style recommended at the School of Social Work

Example of reference to a book:

Payne, Malcolm (2014). Modern social work theory. 4. ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Example of reference to an article:

Eliassi, Barzoo (2017) Conceptions of immigrant integration and racism among social workers in Sweden, Journal of Progressive Human Services, 28 (1): 6-35


The AWELU platform is an online resource for academic writing in English at Lund University.

It should be noted that AWELU is not a course platform, but a resource platform for self-help, in the sense that the resources have been designed to help individual users working with their texts

Research methods

Are you looking for literature on social research methods? Use these guides for tips: 

Research Methods & Encyclopedias in Social Sciences is our guide to a selection of books on methods, research and academic writing in the social sciences. All books are available at the Social Science Faculty Library or as an e-book.

Sage Research Methods Online is a tool designed to help you create research projects and understand the methods behind them. Here you'll find over 1400 method terms described and about 600 books and encyclopedias on research methods.

Sage Campus supports the teaching and learning of skills and research methods through 250+ hours of structured online learning. Our online courses are self-paced and instructor-led, comprising an engaging mix of SAGE-quality content, video, interactives, and formative assessments.

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