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Citation Style Manuals
Your faculty thesis advisor will determine the style for your thesis. Whatever style is chosen, use it consistently throughout your assignment. Even if you use EndNote or another citation management software tool, you should have basic knowledge about citation styles used in your area.
Printed style manuals are available in the KAUST Library "Reference" collection (Level 2, low book shelves adjacent to main stacks):
The Manual of Scientific Style [electronic] by
Publication Date: 2009 Elsevier Inc
The Manual of Scientific Style addresses all stylistic matters in the relevant disciplines of physical and biological science, medicine, health, and technology. It presents consistent guidelines for text, data, etc.
Dr. Christos Saragiotis of KAUST has assembled these resources on using the LaTeX document preparation system, which is popular among mathematicians and engineers in particular.
These resources may be helpful to students who select to author their thesis or dissertation with LaTeX.
Printed Guides to Academic Writing
These printed works are available in the KAUST Library "Reference" collection (Level 2, low book shelves adjacent to main stacks):
Writing Scientific Research Articles [printed] by
Call Number: Main Library Reference - T11 .C327 2009
Publication Date: 2009 Wiley-Blackwell
Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps guides authors in how to write, as well as what to write, to improve their chances of having their articles accepted for publication in international, peer reviewed journals. The book is designed for scientists who use English as a first or an additional language; for research students and those who teach them paper writing skills; and for early-career researchers wanting to hone their skills as authors and mentors.
Academic Writing by
Call Number: Main Library Reference - PE1413 .B28
Publication Date: 2006 Routledge
Academic Writing is a new kind of writing course for all international students who have to write coursework or exams in English.
First Steps in Academic Writing by
Call Number: Main Library Reference - PE1478 .H57
Publication Date: 2007 Pearson/Longman
The second edition of First Steps in Academic Writing, by Ann Hogue, provides high-beginning to low-intermediate students with essential tools to master basic academic writing. The text's time-proven approach integrates paragraph organization, sentence structure, grammar, mechanics, and the writing process.
Introduction to Academic Writing [printed] by
Call Number: Main Library Reference - PE1408 .O72
Publication Date: 2006 Pearson/Longman
The Third Edition of Introduction to Academic Writing, by Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue, continues in the tradition of helping students to master the standard organizational patterns of the paragraph and the basic concepts of essay writing.
Write Like a Chemist [printed] by
Call Number: Main Library - QD9.15 .W75 2008
Publication Date: 2008 Oxford University Press
Write Like a Chemistis a unique guide to chemistry-specific writing. It offers a structured approach to writing that targets four important chemistry genres: the journal article, conference abstract, scientific poster, and research proposal.
They Say/I Say [printed] by
Publication Date: 2009-12-22
They Say/I Say has essentially defined academic writing, identifying its key rhetorical moves, the most important of which is to summarize what others have said (they say) to set up one’s own argument (I say). The book also provides templates to help students make these key moves in their own writing.
Critical Thinking Skills [printed] by
Publication Date: 2005 Palgrave Macmillan
Critical Thinking Skills has taken the seemingly baffling art of analysis and broken it down into easy to understand blocks, with clear explanations, good examples, and plenty of activities to develop understanding at each stage. The book then applies these techniques to tasks such as reading, note-taking, and writing.
English in Today's Research World [printed] by
Publication Date: 2000 University of Michigan Press
English in Today's Research World offers students a very high level of writing instruction, with a specific focus on the projects students undertake—such as dissertations and conference abstracts—at the end of their university work or as they begin careers in research or academia.
How to Write a Better Thesis [printed] by
Publication Date: 2003 Melbourne University Press
This concise guide emphasizes clear and logical structure as the key to a well-written thesis. Offering concrete examples of common structural problems, it proves that the astute researcher must no longer regard writing as the last chore but rather as a crucial part of the research process. This updated edition reflects the changes in research style brought about by the Internet.
Electronic Guides to Academic Writing
Succeeding with Your Master's Dissertation by
Publication Date: 2008 McGrawHill/Open University
This practical book offers straightforward guidance to help Master's students to clarify their objectives and structure their work in order to produce a successful dissertation. Using case examples of both good and bad student practice, the handbook takes students through each step of the dissertation process, from their initial research proposal to the final submission. This book is also key reading for supervisors and undergraduates considering postgraduate study.
Writing at University, A guide for Students [electronic] by
Publication Date: 2008 Open University Press
Writing at University offers guidance on how to develop the writing you have to do at university along with a greater understanding of what is involved in this complex activity. The book looks at an array of writing projects, including essays, reports and dissertations, and analyzes what is expected of each form of assignment. The authors provide examples of student writing and reflections on writing by both tutors and students.
Write to the Top! [electronic] by
Publication Date: 2007 Palgrave Macmillan
This concise guide to writing is designed to help any academic become not only productive but truly prolific. Johnson and Mullen offer an accessible overview of the art of writing efficiently and effectively.
Writing up Your University Assignments and Research Projects [electronic] by
Publication Date: 2008 Open University Press
The authors have structured the book so as to build students' confidence in their own writing ability whilst at the same time respecting conventional ideas of what is, and what is not, acceptable in the academic domain. Addresses the preparation and writing of assignments and research projects and provides a useful toolkit containing reference materials on areas including punctuation, grammar and academic terminology.
How to Write a Thesis by
Publication Date: 2006 McGraw-Hill Education
"Using wonderful examples, this book will not only help students build up a writer's "toolbox", but will also build confidence and empower thesis writers." Professor William J. Kerr, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, WestCHEM, University of Strathclyde
Cite Your Sources
In your thesis or dissertation, always specifically identify where you got the copyrighted work you used. You can put the full citations in a variety of locations, such as in an appendix, with your list of figures and tables, or accompanying the individual illustrations.
Formatting Your Citations
Various citation styles are available. Your faculty thesis or dissertation advisor will determine the appropriate style for your work.
If you are using MS Word, the EndNote reference management software, available free from KAUST Library, can simplify the task of gathering, organizing, and formating your references in most any popular style.
Finding Theses and Dissertations
Your research may call for access to theses and dissertations by students at other universities. The KAUST "Theses and Dissertations Resources" Library Guide offers tips that can help you locate what you're looking for.