Bibliography of Writing and Style Handbooks

There are plenty of great resources available for help with style, time management, and creativity in your writing. Below are a few suggestions from the MALS faculty that are particularly useful for writing in the humanities and other interdisciplinary fields.

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 2nd     ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003.

This book takes you through the entire process of writing a research paper, all the way from choosing a topic to the final draft. It covers topics such as locating and evaluating sources, engaging the reader, constructing an argument, drafting and revising a paper, and editing the style to make your writing more clear and concise. This book attempts to tackle the minutiae involved in the research and writing process.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations.     7th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Turabian (or Chicago Manual of Style) is the official style guide of the MALS program and is required in the work for all MALS classes. As a MALS student you should already have this book or at the very least have access to it as it will be instrumental in the successful completion of all MALS papers that you will write. It is a handy and useful reference tool.

Williams, Joseph M. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. 7th ed. New York: Longman     Publishers, 2003.

This is an excellent, relatively engaging book that shows you how to use words more effectively. It not only clears up some confusion on word usage and grammar, but offers tools and methods to help you improve the readability of your writing. In short, it makes your writing prettier (well, prettier than this sentence in any case). If you repeatedly see the terms "awkward," "vague," or "I'm not sure what you mean here" marked on your returned compositions, this book is for you!

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