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How to Cite the NASW Code of Ethics


The National Association of Social Workers is a professional organization for individuals in the social work and counseling fields. Established in 1955, the NASW provides career development, standards of practice and ethical guidelines for its members. Always properly cite the NASW's official Code of Ethics in your publications, articles, reports and research.

Visit the NASW website at www.socialworkers.org.

Click on "Quick Links," then select "Code of Ethics" from the drop-down menu. The complete NASW Code of Ethics will be displayed on one page.

Cite the NASW Code of Ethics according to APA (American Psychological Association) style, as follows: Workers, N. A. (2008). NASW Code of Ethics (Guide to the Everyday Professional Conduct of Social Workers). Washington, DC: NASW.

Cite the code of ethics in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style as: Workers, National Association of Social. NASW Code of Ethics (Guide to the Everyday Professional Conduct of Social Workers). Washington, DC: NASW, 2008.

Use the Modern Language Association citation style: Workers, National Association of Social. NASW Code of Ethics (Guide to the Everyday Professional Conduct of Social Workers). Washington, DC: NASW, 2008. Print.

Refer to the Associated Press Stylebook entry for "composition titles" if citing the NASW Code of Ethics in articles written for most newspapers and many news magazines. Simply name the publication, without using quotation marks: NASW Code of Ethics.

Items you will need
NASW Code of Ethics
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Chicago Manual of Style
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
The MLA Style Manual
Associated Press Stylebook
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