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Purdue Owl provides information about the American Sociological Association (ASA) style including manuscript formatting, in-text citations, formatting the reference page, and accepted manuscript writing style. The bibliographical format described is from the American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide, 5th edition.
Several citation management systems are also available for all Western students, staff, and faculty; this web-based software can help you organize and format your citations.
The Writing Support Centre provides services to help you realize your writing potential. Services they offer include:
- Individual one-on-one counseling
- In-house Writing in the Disciplines seminars and workshops
- Online help and resources
- Transitioning to university writing clinics
- Drop-In counselling services at Weldon Library
- Outreach presentations for faculty
- GradWRITE: a series of workshops and annual conference tailored for grads
- GradLAB: a resource lounge for grads
Understanding the Essay by
Call Number: PE1417.U54 2012 DBWSTK
This is a book on how to read the essay, one that demonstrates how reading is inextricably tied to the art of writing. It aims to treat the essay with the close attention that has been given to other literary genres, and in doing so it suggests the beauty and depth of the form as a whole. At once personal appreciations and acute critical assessments, the pieces collected here broaden our perspective on the essay as a major literary art, tracing its history from William Hazlitt to Joan Didion.
Good Essay Writing by
Call Number: PE1471.R44 2011 DBW Reference
This book sets out proven approaches and techniques which can help everyone write good essays. Good Essay Writing now includes new material such as: A chapter on essay planning, focusing on literature searching (using online materials), note-taking and formulating an argument.
Making Sense by
Call Number: LB2369.N67 2005 DBW Reference
Outlines the general principles of style, grammar, and usage while covering such topics as how to conduct academic research, how to write essays, and how to properly document sources.
They Say / I Say by
Call Number: PE1431.G73 2011 DBWSTK
They Say / I Say demystifies academic writing by identifying its key rhetorical moves, the most important of which is to summarize what others have said ("they say") to set up one's own argument ("I say"). The book also provides templates to help students make these key moves in their own writing.
Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals by
The criminal justice process is dependent on accurate documentation. This title provides practical guidance - with specific writing samples and guidelines - for providing strong reports. It covers what officers need to learn - from basic English grammar to the difficult but often-ignored problem of creating documentation that can hold up in court.