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Writing Guides

For personal assistance with writing, visit The Center for Excellence in Writing , 211 Baldy Hall, North Campus.

Writing Handbooks

For assistance with punctuation, use of language, and writing style refer to the following manuals:

  • The Elements of Style
    Health Sciences Library / APL Reference / PE1421 .S87 1979b
    Silverman Library (Capen) / Reference / PE1421 .S87 1979b
    Lockwood Library / PE1421 .S87 1979b
    Online: http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html
  • The Little, Brown Essential Handbook for Writers
    Lockwood Library / PE1421 .S87 1979b PE1112 .A24 2000
  • McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage
    Lockwood Library / PE1112 .L463 2013
  • ActionGrammar: Fast, No-Hassle Answers on Everyday Usage and Punctuation
    Lockwood Library / PE1112 .F395 1995
  • The Basic Writer's Book
    Lockwood Library / PE1408 .A42 1998
  • Bookmarks : A Guide to Research and Writing
    Lockwood Library / LB2369 .R88 2000
  • The Bedford Guide for COllege Writers with Reader, Research Manual, and Handbook
    Lockwood Library / PE1408 .K49 2008b
  • Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and Style
    Silverman Library (Capen) /Reference / PE1112 .V4 1995
    Lockwood Library / PE1112 .V4 1995
  • A Writer's Reference With Exercises
    Lockwood Library / PE1408 .H2778 2011

Guides to Scientific Writing

  • Writing in Science and Medicine: the Investigator's Guide to Writing for Clarity and Style
    Lockwood Library / Reference / PE1475 .D36 2013

  • The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication
    Silverman Library (Capen) / Q223 .P33 2002

  • Scientific Papers and Presentations
    Silverman Library (Capen) / T11 .D324 2005

  • The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science
    Silverman Library (Capen) / T10.5 .M65 2003


Guides for the Health Professional

  • Health Professionals Style Manual
    Health Sciences Library /Reference / Writing WZ 29 F673h 2007
  • Successful Scientific writing a step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences
    Ebook Library : Electronic Book

  • Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: a practical guide
    Health Sciences Library / WZ345 A955d 2007
  • Grammar and Writing Skills for the Health Professional
    Health Sciences Library /Reference / Writing WZ345 V736q 2005

Citing Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism

Students should always provide proper citations for all quotations, summaries, paraphrases, or any other work or idea that is borrowed from others. When students use another person's idea or work without giving proper credit, they are committing plagiarism, which is considered to be a serious breach of academic honesty. The following links are designed to educate students on how UB defines plagiarism, how to avoid it, and what the potential consequences are:

Which Citation Style Should You Use?

When citing the books, articles, and other materials collected for a research paper, you must organize the important information identifying the author, title, publisher and date of the work according to a specific style.

While some instructors are not particular about citation styles, others will require a specific style. Students should ask if uncertain about which style to use.

Please see the guide to commonly used styles for examples of the following:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Chicago Style
  • Council of Science Editors (CSE) [formerly the Council of Biology Editors, CBE]

For examples of other styles:

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Columbia Style
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Harvard Style
  • Turabian Style