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Introduction to Research

Selected Resources on Writing Research Papers

The Research Essay: A Briefing for Students
LB2369 .R62 1985t
A simplified and concise guide to the research process including: selecting a topic; collecting information; essay structure; techniques for creating a draft paper; and examples of quoting sources, preparing endnotes, and making a bibliography.
 
Fit to Print: the Canadian Student's Guide to Essay Writing
LB2369 .B83 2013 (Stauffer and Education)
 
Making Sense : a Student's Guide to Research and Writing
LB2369 .N67 2012
 
Making Sense : a Student's Guide to Research and Writing : Social Sciences
H61.8 N735 2012

Making Sense in the Humanities: A Student's Guide to Writing and Style
REF LB2369 .N675 1990u
These guides outline library research tools; how to write an essay, book review, and examination; how to write with style; common errors in grammar and punctuation; and how to document sources.
 
Writing Essays: A Short Guide (published by the Queen's English department)
REF PE1471 .N67 1987t
 
Writing in the Social Sciences : A Guide for Term Papers and Book Reviews
PE1479.S62 M85 2015 (SL Reserves)
 
The Essential Guide to Doing your Research Project
Q180.55.M4 O55 2014 (SL Reserves)
 
How to Complete a Successful Research Project
LB1047.3 .M44 2014 (SL Reserves)

Documenting Resources

The following works focus also on how to format and document a research paper:
 
Documenting sources in the Disciplines (OWL Purdue Writing Lab)
 
Chicago Manual of Style
REF Z253 .U69 2010 (also SL books and online)
Includes detailed examples of all elements of style from punctuation, preparing tables, footnotes, and bibliographies, to design and typography.
 
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
REF LB2369 .T8 1996
Standard guide for student writers which covers parts of the paper; abbreviations and numbers; spelling and punctuation; quotations; tables; illustrations; how to cite sources of all types; and sample layouts.
 
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
REF LB2369 .G53 2009
This handbook on selecting and researching a topic; note taking; and writing footnotes and bibliographies. 
 
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
REF BF76.7 .P83 2010
Chapters discuss the content and organization of a manuscript, writing style, the American Psychological Association style, proofreading, and examples of citing references.