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Books that will help you organize, write and format references for your research paper.

Helpful Books

Selecting a Topic, Taking Notes, Organizing a Draft

Hacker, Diana. The Bedford Handbook. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006. (Olin Reference PE 1408 .H277 2006)
Menasche, Lionel. Writing a Research Paper. Revised ed. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997.
(Olin Stacks PE 1478 .M4x 1997)
A textbook designed to help English as a Second Language students write research papers. Includes a set of assignments, exercises, and answers; a glossary of writing and research items, and an index.

Writing the Paper: Style and Usage

Garner, Bryan A. Garner's Modern American Usage. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
(Online. Also in print: Olin Reference PE 1464 .G37 2016; shelved behind the Olin reference desk)
Find the best word, the correct usage, the felicitous phrase with this standard and highly readable work.
Lunsford, Andrea A. The Everyday Writer. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009.
(Olin Reference PE 1408 .L86 2009)
Strunk, William and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. In many editions; search the title in our Catalog.

The Final Product: Format and Documentation

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 7th ed. Washington: APA, 2020.
(Olin Reference BF 76.7 .P83 2020; shelved behind the Olin reference desk)
The authoritative style manual for anyone writing in psychology and allied fields. Its chapters discuss the content and organization of a manuscript; writing style; and the American Psychological Association citation style for in-text citations and bibliographies.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 8th ed. New York: Modern Language Association, 2016.
(Olin Reference LB 2369 .G53 2016); shelved behind the Olin reference desk
This handbook is based on the MLA Style Manual and is intended as an aid for college students writing research papers. Included here is information on selecting a topic, researching the topic, note taking, the writing of footnotes and bibliographies, as well as sample pages of a research paper. Useful for the beginning researcher.
Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 9th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018.
(Olin Reference LB 2369 .T8 2018; shelved behind the Olin reference desk)
Kate Turabian's standard guide for student writers based on the University of Chicago style. Chapters cover everything you've ever wanted to know about putting a paper together, from writing introductory chapters to formatting your bibliography.

For further information and links to online citation guides, see Citation Styles: Handbooks, Resources, and Guides.

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