Effective Writing Resources

December 2012

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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All sites listed were last accessed December 11, 2012.

Internet Resources

Air War College.  Gateway to the Internet.  Leadership, Ethics, and Command Central: Writing. 
Available online at: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/awcgate.htm

Duke University.  Thompson Writing Program.  Writing Studio: Handouts and Resources. 
Available online at: http://twp.duke.edu/writing-studio/resources

Purdue University.  The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). 
Available online at: http://owl.english.purdue.edu

USAF Public Affairs Center for Excellence (PACE).  Writing. 
Available online at: http://www.au.af.mil/pace/writing.htm


Bailey, Edward P. and Powell, Philip A.  The Practical Writer.  9th ed. Boston, Thomson/Wadsworth, 2008.  419 p.
Book call no.: 808.042 B154pa 2008

Booth, Wayne C. and others.  The Craft of Research.  3rd ed. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2008.  317 p.
Book call no.: 001.42 B725c 2008

Calabrese, Raymond L.  The Dissertation Desk Reference: The Doctoral Student's Manual to Writing the Dissertation.  Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2009.  187 p.
Book call no.: 808.02 C141d

Calabrese, Raymond L.  The Elements of an Effective Dissertation and Thesis: A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting It Right the First Time.  Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006.  124 p.
Book call no.: 808.02 C141e

Chapnick, Adam and Stone, Craig.  Academic Writing for Military Personnel.  Ottawa, Canada, University of Ottawa Press, 2009.  133 p.
Written for military personnel who need to familiarize themselves with academic writing.
Book call no.: 808.066355 C466a

Fowler, H. Ramsey and Aaron, Jane E.  The Little, Brown Handbook.  11th ed. New York, Longman, 2010.  965 p.
A basic resource that answers most questions about writing including how to get ideas, develop paragraphs, search the internet and cite sources.
Book call no.: 808.042 F786L 2010

Hart, Jack.  A Writer's Coach: An Editor's Guide to Words That Work.  New York, Pantheon Books, 2006.  283 p.
Book call no.: 808.02 H325w

Johnson, Andrew P.  A Short Guide to Academic Writing.  Lanham, MD, University Press of America, 2003.  126 p.
Book call no.: 808.042 J66s

Kaplan, Bruce.  Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing.  Hinesburg, VT, Upper Access Inc., 2012.  112 p.
"A friendly, practical guide for writers, students. . . and anyone else who wants to write well." -- Book cover.
Book call no.: 808.02 K17e

Lunenburg, Frederick C. and Irby, Beverly J.  Writing a Successful Thesis or Dissertation: Tips and Strategies for Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Thousand Oaks, CA, Corwin Press, 2008.  333 p.
Book call no.: 808.02 L962w

McIntosh, William A.  Guide to Effective Military Writing.  3rd ed. Mechanicsburg, PA, Stackpole Books, 2003.  229 p.
Book call no.: 808.066355 M152g 2003

Pfeiffer, William S.  Pocket Guide to Technical Communication.  4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Prentice Hall, 2007.  238 p.
Book call no.: 808.0666 P527p 2007

Plotnik, Arthur.  Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Punchier, More Engaging Language & Style.  New York, Random House Reference, 2005.  263 p.
Book call no.: 808.042 P729s

Quaratiello, Arlene Rodda and Devine, Jane.  The College Student's Research Companion: Finding, Evaluating, and Citing the Resources You Need to Succeed.  5th ed. New York, Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011.  183 p.
Book call no.: 025.524 Q1c 2011

Rose, Jean.  The Mature Student's Guide to Writing.  2nd ed. New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.  332 p.
Book call no.: 808.042 R796m

Rowley, Kathleen M.  Dissertation Ally: A Friendly Guide to Writing, Editing and Getting It Done.  West Conshohocken, PA, Infinity Publishing, 2009.  229 p.
Book call no.: 808.02 R884d

Style Guides

Air University.  Air University Style and Author Guide.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, 2005.  223 p.
Also available online at: http://aupress.maxwell.af.mil/digital/pdf/book/au-1.pdf
Book call no.: 808.02 A298 2005

American Psychological Association.  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  6th ed. Washington, American Psychological Association, 2010.  272 p.
Link provides access to supplemental material referenced from but not printed in the actual manual.
Also available online at: http://www.apastyle.org/manual/supplement/index.aspx
Book call no.: 808.06615 A512p 2010

Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  7th ed. New York, Modern Language Association of America, 2009.  292 p.
Book call no.: R808.02 M689m 2009

Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing.  3rd ed. New York, Modern Language Association of America, 2008.  336 p.
Book call no.: 808.02 A179m 2008

The Tongue and Quill: Communicating to Manage in Tomorrow's Air Force.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, 2004.  376 p.
Air Force Handbook 33-337.
Also available online at: http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/shared/media/epubs/afh33-337.pdf
Book call no.: 808.06 A298t

Turabian, Kate.  A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers.  7th ed. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2007.  466 p.
Book call no.: 808.02 T929m

University of Chicago Press.  The Chicago Manual of Style.  16th ed. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2010.  924 p.
Searchable, easy-to-use online version, with full contents of 15th and 16th editions.  Available to AU Community only, on Database page under Reference Tools.
Also available online at: http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/laseter.htm
Book call no.: 808.027 C43m 2010

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