Writing Research Papers in Labor Studies

The college-level research paper is more than just a summary of book chapters and research articles. An acceptable paper takes a clearly defined topic or idea, supports it through research of the current literature and presents it in a logical and consistent fashion. Below are resources that will aid you throughout the process of writing a research paper in labor studies.

Using the Chicago Manual of Style for Writing Your Research Paper

  • University of Chicago, "The Chicago Manual of Style: The essential guide for writers, editors and publishers, 14th ed." Chicago: University of Chicago, 1993.

    This print resource provides all the rules that govern the formatting of your final manuscript. Please note that this style guide governs more than just the organization of your bibliography. There are rules, for example, concerning your paper's font size, margins, pagination and punctuation. You can locate this guide in virtually any public or academic library.
  • Research and Documentation Online - History
    Produced by Diana Hacker, author of several writing handbooks, this resource explains common formatting and documentation using "The Chicago Manual of Style."
  • Writer's Handbook - Chicago Style
    This online writing guide produced by the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, provides advice for documenting resources within footnotes as well as on the "works cited" page.

Using the APA Style for Writing Your Research Paper

  • American Psychological Association. (2001). "Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed.Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    This print resource provides all the rules that govern the formatting of your final manuscript. Please note that this style guide governs more than just the organization of your bibliography. There are rules, for example, concerning your paper's font size, margins, pagination and punctuation. You can locate this guide in virtually any public or academic library or online.

  • APA Publication Manual Crib Sheet
    Produced by Professor Russ Dewey of Georgia State University and edited by Bill Scott, this is a reference to the most commonly used rules and reference formats from the APA Style Guide.
  • APA Style
    Online summary of the American Psychological Association's guide to writing research papers. This resource provides summarized instructions for citing references as well as how to prepare a manuscript.