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General Writing Handbooks
The Elements of Style
Call Number: PE 1408 .S93 2000
Publication Date: 1999-08-24
Additional copies/editions available.
Out-of-copyright online editions are available: 1918 edition
, 1920 edition
This classic text has been in print for over 50 years. Includes chapters on usage, composition, formatting, commonly misused words and expressions, and developing an approach to style (for example: "do not take shortcuts at the cost of clarity" and "use figures of speech sparingly").
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
"The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects."
Sociology Student Writing Handbooks
A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers
Call Number: Hatcher Graduate — 1A North - HM 585 .G78 2008
Publication Date: 2007-09-21
"Ideal for instructors and students in a wide range of sociological courses, this guide makes the case that thinking and writing are integrally related and that writing, therefore, exercises the sociological imagination. Written in a clear and conversational style, A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers examines a wide range of writing assignments for sociology courses at all levels of the curriculum. Employing a variety of writing samples as a means to illustrate effective writing, this brief and inexpensive text teaches students how to deftly research and write about sociology." [publisher description]
The Sociology Student Writer's Manual
Call Number: Shapiro Undergraduate — Basement - HM 585 .S6381 2006
Publication Date: 2005-06-16
"The most comprehensive book available that deals specifically with writing sociology papers, this updated reference/manual helps both beginning and advanced sociologists learn how to research and write in sociology, and how to improve their writing ability in general. Teaches the basic skills of writing—formatting, source citations, grammar, sentence structure, research, and utilizing available sources—in sociology. For practicing sociologists and those in training." [publisher description]
Writing in Sociology
Call Number: Shapiro Undergraduate — Basement - HM569 .E39 2015
Publication Date: 2014
"Writing in a conversational tone for undergraduate and graduate students, Edwards (sociology, Oregon State U.) reviews strategies for different types of writing in sociology courses, including qualitative and quantitative papers and other projects. The guide begins with material on turning ideas into researchable questions, then offers an overview of writing a research paper, using the literature, and citing sources, with an example of a complete paper provided. The next section focuses on specific parts of the quantitative research paper, from the introduction and literature review to the conclusion. A section on writing qualitative papers describes techniques for ethnographic interviewing and storytelling, case studies, and the internship journal. Other sociology writing tasks covered include applied research projects, book reviews, and theory papers. An extensive appendix lists commonly misused or misspelled words, with examples." [publisher description]
Writing for Emerging Sociologists
Call Number: Hatcher Graduate — 1A North - HM569 .H37 2013
Publication Date: 2013
"A writing guide designed for upper-level sociology undergraduate students and graduate students, this instructional text introduces students to the variety of writing projects that sociologists undertake, while also providing instruction on grammar and composition."
Making Sense: a student's guide to research and writing: social sciences
Call Number: Hatcher Graduate — Basement A North - H 62 .N735 2007
Publication Date: 2007
"Designed especially for students in the social sciences, Making Sense in the Social Sciences outlines general principles of grammar, punctuation, usage, and style, and contains guidelines for (and examples of) three different reference styles. ... Covering such issues as how to conduct sociological research, how to write reports, and how to document sources, it also offers valuable material on current trends in the field and on research ethics." [publisher description]
Writing, Research, & Publishing Guides
See also the Sage Research Methods database, which includes a large number of books about writing and research techniques.