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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Useful Writing Guides

These are just a few of the websites and books that are available. Consult the Ottenheimer Library at UALR for more resources.

Links to Style Manuals:

  • Style Manuals
  • Research Documentation Guides
  • Purdue Library
  • IFLA
  • Duke Library
  • CSULB Library
  • Links to Purchase Books Online:

    General Books
  • The Readable Thesis: A Guide to Clear and Effective Writing by Darrel Walters
  • Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation : A Handbook for Students and faculty by James E. Mauch and Jack W. Birch
  • How to Write a Thesis: A Guide to the Research Paper by Harry Teitlebaum
  • Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing by John Trimble (Used at UALR)
  • Doing Qualitative Research by David Silverman
  • Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods by Leonard Bickman, Debra J. Rog, editors.
  • The Craft of Research, Third Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing, paperback) by Booth, Colomb, and Williams
  • A Manual For Writers 6th edition by Kay L. Turabian
  • The Chicago Manual of Style 14th edition
  • The Modern Researcher by Barzun and Graff (Last print 1992:5th edition)
  • Humanities
  • Professional Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences by Susan Peck MacDonald
  • Music
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Music 2nd edition by Jonathan Bellman
  • Irvine’s Writing About Music 3rd edition by Irvine Demar
  • A Guide to Research in Music Education, 5th Edition by Lawrence Ferrara
  • Exploring Research in Music Education and Music Therapy by Kenneth H. Phillips
  • Psychology
  • Dissertations and Theses from Start to Finish: Psychology and Related Fields by John D. Cone
  • Designing and Reporting Experiments by Peter Harris
  • Writing Papers in Psychology: A Student Guide to Research Reports, Essays, Proposals, Posters, and Brief Reports by Ralph and Mimi Rosnow
  • Writing Psychological Reports: A Guide for Clinicians by Wolber and Carne
  • Political Science
  • The Political Science Student Writer’s Manual by Scott and Garrison (4th Edition, paperback)
  • Writing a Research Paper in Political Science by Lisa Baglione
  • Political Science Research Methods by Johnson and Reynolds
  • Sociology
  • The Sociology Student Writer’s Manual, (5th Edition, paperback) by William A. Johnson (Author), Richard P. Rettig (Author), Gregory M. Scott (Author), Stephen M. Garrison (Author)
  • A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers (Group author)
  • Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article, Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing, paperback) by Becker and Richards
  • Handbook of Interview Research: Context & Method by Jaber F. Gubrium (Editor), Dr. James A. Holstein (Editor)
  • Improving Survey Questions: Design and Evaluation (Applied Social Research Methods, paperback) by Dr. Floyd J. Fowler (Author)
  • Updated 3.15.2010