Resources for Writing

Referencing Guides

  • Harvard Style of Referencing
    This is the one with in-text referencing, and a list of references at the end with any incidental arguments in footnotes. I personally enjoy this style because it is the most accessible and unpretentious of the lot.
  • Oxford Style of Referencing
    This style places all references and arguments in footnotes, and uses Latin phrases such as op. cit. or ibid. More common in legal documents and journals, although also used in some of the hard sciences.
  • Chicago Style of Referencing
    The Chicago style is almost like a hash of the more modern Harvard and the archaic Oxford styles. It is relatively flexible, and it utilises footnoting, but without the Latin phrases that make referencing a nightmare.
  • APA Style of Referencing
    The American Psychological Association introduced this for its work, but it has since spread to become the most adopted style in communications disciplines as well as the social sciences. Relatively similar to the Chicago style.

Writing Guides

  • Writing for Publication
    I have benefitted a great deal from this site. It contains a large amount of information, and is a very useful source of advice for younger researchers who aspire to be published, from the perspective of someone who has gone through the hoops.
  • Designing a Research Project
    Here are some basic tips on how to design research project, and how to structure a research proposal. Although designed mainly for environmental economics, writers will find the ideas presented here very handy.
  • Dissertation Proposal Workshop
    This is a guide to writing up research and grant proposals common to the social sciences. The site includes the basics, a style guide, together with examples and a list of other alternative resources. Maintained by the Institute of International Studies.