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Style of EssayAPA Manual Style
CopiesOne original – double spaced given to the essay mentor for grading
Margin1 inch all sides
PagesNumbers in sequence, centered 1 inch above bottom of page beginning with #2 on page 2. There is no number on page 1.
Number of Pages20-25
Length of pages of Essay shall be related to the nature of the topic.*
Title PageTitle Page follows Abstract
Title: Center title at top of page
Student NameStudent’s name 5 spaces below title
School Name3 spaces below student’s name: (Center school name)
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
DateMonth, Year of Graduation
lower bottom right hand corner (1 ½ inches from the bottom of the page)
CoverEssay should be bound with a black cover (Yeshiva University production, located in the basement of Belfer Hall, will bind and cover your essay for $2.00).
Table of ContentsFollows Title Page
AbstractIn order to make essays more accessible and useful to future students, we categorize and classify them by subject matter. All students are required to include the following when submitting the final copy of their essay
An abstract of the essay consisting of 200 words or less, which will constitute a page of the essay, is to be placed in the bound copy immediately preceding the title page. This abstract is to be typed double-spaced.
*Number of pages only refers to the body of the Essay. No page numbers should be shown on the Abstract Page, Title Page, Table of Contents Page, or Bibliography Page.
Select a client case (individual, family, couple, group or community), from your field work experience that proved to be challenging for you.
Search the literature to define and explore the dimensions and importance of the substantive issue or practice area related to the case example. The literature review section is more than just summarizing the views of researchers and commentators. This section of the Thesis requires you to critically examine previous research in order to present your ideas within a conceptual and theoretical context. The point here is not to explain what others have found or have stated about the topic, but to provide an evaluation of the research that exists, and possible gaps in the literature. How does the article/work contribute to an understanding of the topic? To what extent is there duplication in the literature? Is there a relationship between a particular work and other writings on the subject? It is important to demonstrate that you have an awareness of the different opinions, theories, and approaches that others have written about related to your topic.
Dr. Helen Mongan-Rallis of the University of Minnesota Duluth provides a detailed
guide for writing the literature review section of the Thesis.
Another useful website, with information compiled by Dr. John Glover of Virginia
Commonwealth is the following:
If you are more visual, there are a number of YouTube videos that might be helpful. The
following link provides a basic step-by-step guide to writing a literature review – in 3
INTEGRATION OF COURSEWORK AND FIELDWORK RELEVANT TO THEME:
Use specific classes that you have taken as an MSW student, (e.g. research, policy, practice, etc.), explore how your social work knowledge base, both practical and theoretical, has informed your practice in general, and specifically as it relates to the case.
DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONAL SELF:
Apart from your chosen theme, think back over the time you have been in the program and retrospectively describe your growth from Non-student to student, from First Year student to Second Year student and from a Student to a Beginning Practitioner. How has your perception of helping others changed since you began the program? How has your view as a helper changed since the beginning of the program? What is the difference in the definition of your professional self now and the definition at the beginning of the program? Please use examples from your first and second year courses and field work to answer this question.
Summarize and provide implications of how you think your student experience
at Wurzweiler will inform your future social work practice.