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Organizing Your Social Sciences Research Paper: Bibliography

The purpose of this guide is to provide advice on how to develop and organize a research paper in the social sciences.

Biliography

In addition to the sources cited in the individual text boxes of this writing guide, listed below are recently published books about how to effectively write and organize a college-level research paper or dissertation [which frequently have good advice on writing regardless of their purpose]. Enter the title of the book in the USC Libraries' search engine to check on the availability of these or any other books on college-level writing and research. If the library does not own a particular title, you can request to borrow the book free of charge from the USC Libraries' interlibrary loan department.

  • Abbott, Andrew. Digital Paper: A Manual for Research and Writing with Library and Internet Materials. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2014.
  • Anders, Marian. The Practical Grammar Handbook for College Writers. 2nd edition. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2015.
  • Aveyard, Helen. Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: A Practical Guide. 3rd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2014.
  • Axelrod, Rise B. and Charles Raymond Cooper. The St. Martin's Guide to Writing. 10th edition. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2013.
  • Badke, William. Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog. 5th edition. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, LLC, 2014.
  • Ballenger, Bruce P. The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers. 8th edition. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2015.
  • Barnet, Sylvan, Pat Bellanca, and Marcia Stubbs. A Short Guide to College Writing. 5th edition. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2013.
  • Becker, Lucinda. Writing Successful Reports and Dissertations. Los Angeles, CA: Sage, 2014.
  • Birkenstein, Cathy and Gerald Graff. “They Say/I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. 4th edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2018.
  • Cahn, Steven M. and Victor Cahn. Polishing Your Prose: How to Turn First Drafts Into Finished Work. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.
  • Carter, Caron, editor. Successful Dissertations: The Complete Guide for Education, Childhood and Early Childhood Studies Students. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

  • Channell, Carolyn. Engaging Questions: A Guide to Writing. 2nd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2016.
  • Cioffi, Frank L. The Imaginative Argument: A Practical Manifesto for Writers. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017.
  • Clark, Roy Peter. Help! for Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces. New York: Little, Brown, 2011.
  • Clouse, Barbara Fine. A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers: Strategies and Process. 7th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013.
  • Cottrell, Stella. Dissertations and Project Reports: A Step by Step Guide. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Cutts, Martin. Oxford Guide to Plain English. 4th edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Eby, Erika. The College Student's Guide to Writing a Great Research Paper: 101 Easy Tips and Tricks to Make Your Work Stand Out. Ocala, FL: Atlantic Pub. Group, 2012.
  • Edwards, Mark. Writing in Sociology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2014.
  • Evans, David, Paul Gruba, and Justin Zobel. How to Write a Better Thesis. 3rd edition. Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University. Publishing, 2011.
  • Faigley, Lester. Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond. 4th edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Higher Ed, 2016.
  • Fiske, Robert Hartwell. To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2014.
  • Floyd, Randy G., editor. Publishing in School Psychology and Related Fields: An Insider's Guide. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2018.

  • Gelman, Howard. Everyone Can Write: A Guide to Get You Started. Wollombi, NSW, Australia: Exisle Publishing, 2014.
  • Gill, Charlene. Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyond. Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, 2014.
  • Giltrow, Janet, Richard Gooding, Daniel Burgoyne, and Marlene Sawatsky. Academic Writing: An Introduction. 3rd edition. Tonawanda, NY: Broadview Press, 2014.
  • Gibson, Twyla, and Mark Lipton. Research, Write, Create: Connecting Scholarship and Digital Media. Ontario, Canada: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Glaser, Joe. Understanding Style: Practical Ways to Improve Your Writing. 3rd edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Goodson, Patricia. Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing. 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2016.
  • Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. "They Say / I Say": The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2017.

  • Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. Rules for Writers. 9th edition. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2018.
  • Hart, Chris. Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Research Imagination. 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2018.
  • Harvey, Michael. The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing, 2013.
  • Hjortshoj, Keith. The Transition to College Writing. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009.
  • Howard, Rebecca Moore. Writing Matters: A Handbook for Writing and Research. 2nd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2013.
  • Johnson, William A. A Criminal Justice Student's Writer's Manual. 6th edition. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2015.
  • Johnson Jr, William A., Gregory M. Scott, and Stephen M. Garrison. The Sociology Student Writer's Manual and Reader's Guide. 7th edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.
  • Joyner, Randy L., William A. Rouse, and Allan A. Glatthorn. Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-by-step Guide. 3rd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2013.
  • Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide. 12th edition. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2012.
  • Koerber, Duncan and Guy Allen. Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing. Ontario, Canada: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Langan, John. Exploring Writing: Paragraphs and Essays. 3rd edition. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill, 2013.
  • Lee, Kooi Cheng. Effective College Writing: A Process-Genre Approach. 2nd edition. Singapore: McGraw-Hill, 2009.
  • Lerych, Lynne and Allison DeBoer Criswell. Everything You Need to Know about College Writing. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2016.
  • Lester, James D. and James D. Lester. Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide. 14th edition. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2012.
  • Lindemann, Kurt. Composing Research, Communicating Results: Writing the Communication Research Paper. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2017.
  • Marsen, Sky. Professional Writing. 3rd edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • McMillan, Kathleen and Jonathan Weyers. How to Improve Your Critical Thinking and Reflective Skills. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education Limited, 2013.
  • McNiff, Jean. Writing Up Your Action Research Project. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • Miller, Scott A. Writing in Psychology. New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • Muller, Jake. Writing in the Social Sciences: A Guide for Term Papers and Book Reviews. 2nd edition. Ontario, Canada: Oxford University Press Canada, 2015.
  • Northey, Margot, Dianne Draper, and David B. Knight. Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing: Geography and Environmental Sciences. 6th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Oliver, Paul. Writing Your Thesis. 3rd edition. London: Sage, 2013.
  • Parsons, Tony, and Peter G. Knight. How to Do Your Dissertation in Geography and Related Disciplines. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • Pyrczak, Fred. Writing Empirical Research Reports: A Basic Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 8th edition. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing, 2014.
  • Raimes, Ann and Susan K. Miller-Cochran. Keys for Writers. 7th edition. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2014.
  • Reinking, James A. Strategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader, and Handbook. 1oth edition. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2014.
  • Reynolds, Nedra and Elizabeth Davis. Portfolio Keeping: A Guide for Students. 3rd edition. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2013.
  • Ridley, Diana. The Literature Review: A Step-by-step Guide for Students. 2nd edition. Los Angeles, CA: Sage, 2012.
  • Roen, Duane, Gregory Glau, and Barry Maid. The McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life. 4th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.
  • Rudestam, Kjell Erik and Rae R. Newton. Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process. 4th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2014.
  • Scott, Gregory M. and Stephen M. Garrison. The Political Science Student Writer's Manual and Reader's Guide. 8th edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.
  • Spencer, Linda. Writing Well in the 21st Century: The Five Essentials. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014.
  • Starr, Douglas Perret and Deborah Williams Dunsford. Working the Story: A Guide to Reporting and News Writing for Journalists and Public Relations Professionals. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014.
  • Szuchman, Lenore T. Writing with Style: APA Style Made Easy. 6th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014.
  • Thurman, Susan and Larry Shea. The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2015.
  • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 9th edition. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2018.
  • Wallwork, Adrian. English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar. New York: Springer Science and Business Media, 2012.
  • Wang, Gabe T. and Keumjae Park. Student Research and Report Writing: From Topic Selection to the Complete Paper. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2016.
  • Warner, John. The Writer's Practice: Building Confidence in Your Non-Fiction Writing. New York: Penguin/Random House, 2019.
  • Watt, Jane. Report Writing for Social Workers. Los Angeles, CA: Sage, 2012.
  • Wyrick, Jean. Steps to Writing Well. 12th edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2014.
  • Wyse, Dominic and Kate Cowan. The Good Writing Guide for Education Students. 4th edition. London: Sage, 2017.
  • Yagoda, Ben. How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Problems and the Best Ways to Avoid Them. New York: Riverhead Books, 2013.