Academic Writing Guides

This reading list includes resources, primarily books, that focus on good academic writing. I consulted many of the texts while preparing my dissertation, and I find them to be excellent resources for social scientists who are new to academic writing.

Focus: Academic

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  • Academic Writing
  • Social Science

Becker, H. S. (2008). Writing for social scientists: How to start and finish your thesis, book, or article (2nd ed.). University of Chicago Press.
Becker, H. S. (2008). Tricks of the trade: How to think about your research while you’re doing it (1st ed.). University of Chicago Press.
Strunk Jr., W. S. (2007). The elements of style. Penguin Books.
Williams, J. M., & Bizup, J. (2016). Style: Lessons in clarity and grace (12th ed.). Pearson.
Zerubavel, E. (1999). The clockwork muse: A practical guide to writing theses, dissertations, and books. Harvard University Press.

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