Bibliography of Resources on Style and Writing Handout

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. 4th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

This book takes you through the entire process of writing a research paper, all the way from choosing a topic to proofreading the final draft. It covers topics such as locating and evaluating sources, engaging your audience, constructing an argument, drafting and revising, 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. 9th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.

"Turabian" (or Chicago Manual of Style) is the official style guide of the MALS program and is the required formatting style for all MALS core coursework. 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 for citation, documentation, and formatting.

Williams, Joseph, and Joseph Bizup. Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace. 12th ed. New York: Pearson, 2016.

This is an excellent, engaging book that shows you how to use words more effectively. It not only clears up confusion on word usage and grammar, but also offers tools and methods to help you improve the clarity and readability of your writing. If you repeatedly see the terms "awkward," "vague," or "I'm not sure what you mean here" marked on your returned papers, then this book is for you!