Guide to Useful Resources on Writing

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Books and writing guides

Becker, Howard S. 2007. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis,
Book, or Article. 2nd ed.Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [300.149 B3][e-book]
This is a book on social science writing, using examples mainly drawn from the sociological
literature. It provides suggestions on how to write academic works.
Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb& Joseph M. Williams. 2008. The Craft of Research, 3rd
ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [001.42 B725 c88] [e-book]
This is a very useful book covering key elements in research and writing for researchers and
students.
Gerring, John. Boston University. “General Advice on Social Science Writing”
http://www.bu.edu/polisci/files/people/faculty/gerring/documents/WritingAdvice.pdf
It provides advice on how to organize an article and develop causal arguments, as well as useful
tips on writing styles, use of sources, and citation formats.
Lipson, Charles. University of Chicago. “How to Write a Thesis”
http://www.charleslipson.com/How-to-write-a-thesis.htm
This guide draws on Lipson’s book: How to Write a B.A. Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your
First Ideas to Your Finished Paper. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. [808 042
L7] [e-book]
Turabian, Kate L. 2007. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations:
Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
[378.242 T929]
A comprehensive guide on research and writing, citation, and style.
Van Evera, Stephen. 1997.Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science. Ithaca: Cornell
University Press. [X 320 V217 g]
It provides instructions on case studies and writing a political science dissertation.

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Websites on writing

Harvard College Writing Program
The Writing Center:
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~wricntr/resources.html
Section on writing resources (guides to writing theses in different disciplines, and guides
for senior thesis writers):
http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k33202&pageid=icb.page143936
HKU Library Research Guides
http://lib.hku.hk/general/research/
It provides useful guidelines on using different HKU databases and searching for reference
materials, as well as lists of recommended readings.
Johns Hopkins University Writing Center:
http://krieger.jhu.edu/writingcenter/writing_resources/
It provides links to academic ethics, online research help, and other topics.
Professor Charles Lipson, University of Chicago:
http://www.charleslipson.com/Reading-Writing-Plagiarism-and-Academic-Honesty.htm#AntiplagiarismResources
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