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Guide to Style and Writing Guides

Style and Writing Guides

Style and writing guides can help you manage and create citations, develop a research plan, and write specific types of articles or papers. This list includes general style and writing guides as well as subject-specific guides for the social sciences, health, and education.Writing guides are generally found in the 808.066 Dewey Decimal call number range. Browse SSHEL’s or another University of Illinois shelves for additional guides. For online citation assistance, please refer to the University Library’s  citation guide and  Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL). For help managing your citations, try a citation management tool. The guide “Citation Management Software Overview” helps users choose a citation management tool and provides links to other guides on specific options like Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.

All titles are located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) Reference Collection unless otherwise noted. The location SSHEL RCC indicates the item is held in the SSHEL Reference Circulating Collection. You can also search the Online Library Catalog to find the location and description of an item.


General Style Guides |  General Writing Guides |  Subject-Specific Style and Writing Guides (use links below for specific subjects)

Anthropology | Biomedical |  Economics |  Education |  Gender & Women’s Studies |  Geography |  Health |  Library & Information Science |  Political Science |  Psychology | Recreation, Sport & Tourism |  Social Work |  Sociology |  Speech & Hearing Science



General Style Guides

Online APA Style Guide for Electronic References. 6th ed. 2012.

655.25 C43M1 2010 (Main Reference)
The Chicago Manual of Style: for the Authors, Editors and Copywriters. 16th ed. 2010.

808.06615 G281m 2002
Mastering APA Style: Student’s Workbook and Training Guide. 5th ed. 2002.

808.02 M72M 2009 (Multiple Locations, check the Online Library Catalog)
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. 2009.

808.06615 P428p 2012
Pocket Guide to APA Style. 2012.

029 Am4p 2010
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. 2010.

808.02 T84m 2013 (Multiple Locations, check the  Online Library Catalog)
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 8th ed. 2013.


General Writing Guides

808.066001 G565c
Composing Qualitative Research. 2007.

808.0663 W67c (SSHEL RCC)
Concept to Completion: Writing Well in the Social Sciences. 1997.

300.72 P969d
Developing Effective Research Proposals. 2000.

LB2369 .A94 2012
Dissertation Solutions: A Concise Guide to Planning, Implementing, and Surviving the Dissertation Process. 2012.

How to Get Research Published in Journals. 2007.

808.066 N815m 2012
Making Sense: A Student’s Guide to Research and Writing. 7th ed. 2012.

378.242 B841
The Portable Dissertation Advisor. 2004.

HV41 .C548 2013 (SSHEL RCC)
Proposal Writing: Effective Grantsmanship. 2013.

Q180.55.P7 L63 2014
Proposals that Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals. 6th ed. 2014.

808.02 H115r 2000 (Grainger Engineering)
Rules for Writers: A Brief Handbook. 4th ed. 2000.

808.02 F582s (SSHEL RCC)
Secrets for a Successful Dissertation. 1998.

808.02 T366t 2008 (SSHEL RCC)
Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing. 2nd ed. 2008.

LB2369 .H46 2004 (Undergraduate Library)
Writing and Publishing Your Thesis, Dissertation and Research: A Guide for Students in the Helping Professions. 2004.

LB2369 .P97 2014 (SSHEL RCC)
Writing Empirical Research Reports: A Basic Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 8th ed. 2014.

808.0663 B388w 2007 (SSHEL RCC)
Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book or Article. 2nd ed. 2007.

808.06 D29w 2012
Writing the Doctoral Dissertation. 3rd ed. 2012.



Subject-Specific Style and Writing Guides


306 An8692 (SSHEL Stacks) and Online
Anthropology Off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing. 2009.

T11 W.65 2009 (Undergraduate Library) and Online
Writing Up Qualitative Research. 2009.



808.06661 Z34e 2000 (Vet Med Library)
Essential of Writing Biomedical Research Papers. 2001.

Medical Writing: A Guide for Clinicians, Educators, and Researchers. 2011.

Writing a Biomedical Research Paper: A Guide to Structure and Style . 2009.



808.06633 M132e 2000 (ACES)
Economical Writing. 2000.

808.027 St993 2012 (Main Stacks)
The Economist Style Guide. 2012.

808.06633 M132w (Main Stacks)
The Writing of Economics. 1987.



070.502573 C111d1
Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Curriculum and Methods. 6th ed. 2002.

070.502573 C111d2
Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Psychology and Administration. 7th ed. 2006.

370.78 F841h 2006 (SSHEL Stacks)
How to Design and Evaluate Research in Education. 6th ed. 2006.

808.02 H532p (SSHEL Stacks)
Professional Writing: Processes, Strategies and Tips for Publishing in Educational Journals. 1994.

808.06615 K668r
Research Writing in Education and Psychology: From Planning to Publication, A Practical Handbook. 2001.


Gender & Women’s Studies

305.4201 L987f (SSHEL Stacks)
Feminist studies : A Guide to Intersectional Theory, Methodology and Writing



808.06691 N815m2012 (SSHEL Stacks)
Making Sense: A Student’s Guide to Research and Writing: Geography & Environmental Studies.



HV41 .A94 2011
A Beginner’s Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care. 2011.

362.1072041 Av39d2010
Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: A Practical Guide. 2010.

302.2024 W939 (Residence Hall Libraries)
Writing, Speaking, & Communication Skills for Health Professionals. 2014.


Library & Information Science

808.06602 C859f (Main Stacks) and Online
First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession. 2003.

808.06602 G6581 (Main Stacks)
The Librarian’s Guide to Writing for Publication. 2004.

808.06602 W939 (Main Stacks)
Writing and Publishing: the Librarian’s Handbook. 2010.


Political Science

808.06632 Am35s 2006
APSA Style Manual for Political Science. 2006.

808.06632 Si323d
Doing Dissertations in Politics: A Student Guide. 2001.

016.32 M363p 2001
Getting Published in Political Science Journals. 5th ed. 2001.

88.06632 B146w 2012
Writing a Research Paper in Political Science. 2nd ed. 2012.

808.06632 Sch52e 2010 (Undergraduate Library)
Writing in Political Science: a practical guide. 5th ed. 2010.



808.06615 B396e
Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters, and Presentations. 2008.

808.06615 B417g
A Guide to Grammar and Usage for Psychology and Related Fields. 1993.

808.06615 G941
Guide to Publishing in Psychology Journals. 2000.

808.066 St45w 1993
Psychological Reports: A Guide to Report Writing in Professional Psychology. 3rd ed. 1997.

808.066 St45w 2010 and Online The Psychologist’s Companion: A Guide to Scientific Writing for Students and Researchers. 5th ed. 2010.

808.06615 P959 2002
The Psychology Student Writer’s Manual. 2nd ed. 2002.

808.06615 M188p (SSHEL RCC)
Publishing Your Psychology Research: A Guide to Writing for Journals in Psychology and Related Fields. 2001.

808.06615 K668r
Research Writing in Education and Psychology: From Planning to Publication, A Practical Handbook. 2001.

BF76.5 . B4395 2013 (SSHEL RCC)
Successful Research Projects: A Step-by-Step Guide. 2013.

BF76.7 .R67 2011 (SSHEL RCC)
Writing Papers in Psychology: Proposals, Research Papers, Literature Reviews, Poster Presentations and Concise Reports. 9th ed. 2011.


Recreation, Sport & Tourism

647.94072 P877H (SSHEL Stacks)
How to Research and Write a Thesis in Hospitality and Tourism: A Step-by-Step Guide for College Students. 1993.

G255.7 .C67 2013 (SSHEL Stacks)
Student’s Guide to Writing Dissertations and Theses in Tourism Studies and Related Disciplines. 2013.


Social Work / Social Services

Columbia Guide to Social Work Writing. 2012.

808.066361 P942 (SSHEL RCC)
Professional Writing for the Human Services. 1993.

Writing for the NASW Press: Information for Authors

808.066301 Sz71w 2011
Writing with Style: APA Style for Social Work. 2011.



808.027 Am352a 2010
American Sociological Association Style Guide
. 4th ed. 2010.

301.014 G941 1998
A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers. 4th ed. 1998.

808.066301 So139 2010
The Sociology Student Writer’s Manual. 2010.


Speech & Hearing Science

616.855 St345g (SSHEL Stacks)
A Guide to Clinical Assessment and Professional Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology. 2012.

808.066616 G566p (SSHEL Stacks)
Professional Writing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. 2009.

808.066616855 P942 (SSHEL Stacks)
Professional Writing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Workbook. 2011.