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Study skills

Osburn, Charles B. Research and Reference Guide to French Studies. Second edition.. ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1981. Print.

Cottrell, Stella. The Study Skills Handbook. Palgrave Study Skills. 4th ed. Basingstoke :: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Print.

Research methods

Sage Research Methods Online.  SAGE researchmethods, 2011. (Online resource; EASE login required. Abstract: SAGE Research Methods supports beginning and advanced researchers in every step of a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings. With information on the full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioral sciences, as well as many methods commonly used in the hard sciences, the book, reference, and journal content in SAGE Research Methods help researchers of all levels conduct their research. overage: provides access to 700+ books, encyclopedias, videos and journal articles.)

Ridley, Diana. The Literature Review : A Step-by-Step Guide for Students. Sage Study Skills. Second ed. London :: SAGE, 2012. Print.

Mann, Thomas. The Oxford Guide to Library Research : How to Find Reliable Information Online and Offline. 4. ed. Oxford: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015. E-book.

Oliver, Paul. Understanding the Research Process. Los Angeles, Calif. London : SAGE, 2010. E-book.


Cite Them Right Online: the Basics of Referencing. Online. EASE login required. Cite them right online contains information on referencing in the following styles:

  • Harvard (author-date)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA)
  • Modern Languages Association (MLA)
  • Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA)
  • Vancouver referencing system

Pears, Richard Shields Graham J. Cite Them Right : the Essential Referencing Guide. Palgrave Study Skills. 9th ed. Basingstoke, [England] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Print.

Deane, Mary. Academic Reading, Writing, and Referencing. Inside Track. New York : Pearson Education, 2010. Print.

Neville, Colin. The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism. Open up Study Skills. 2nd ed. Maidenhead :: Open University Press, 2010. Print.

The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed. Chicago ;London :: The University of Chicago Press, 2010. Online.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations : Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. Eds. Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams. Eighth edition.. ed: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2013. Print.

Gibaldi, Joseph Modern Language Association of America. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York :: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print.

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