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Resources for Writers

Faculty advisor

Studets are strongly encouraged, and in most cases are required, to discuss all aspects of their thesis with their advisors. Too often, students are reluctant to approach their advisors for advice or assistance because, “my advisor is too busy,” or “I don’t want to bother her.” Students should know that a frequent complaint of faculty advisors is, “students never come to talk about their thesis until it’s too late”.

Other students

Seek advice and assistance from your seniors and classmates. It is particularly useful to have a classmate or friend read sections of what you write to see if it makes sense.

The AIT Library

The AIT Library is an academic support unit of AIT. Numerous information services are available to help students become better writers.

The internet

The Internet is a rich source of information for writers. A good place to start is to explore the Self Study Resources and Writing up Research.

Reference books

There are many style guides, specialized dictionaries and  reference grammars available at the AIT Library, the LRC, and local book shops. Only a few are listed below but a wide range of such books is available. Consider purchasing your own copy of some of these books as part of your personal reference library.

How to guides

‘How-to’ guide books on thesis writing generally contain more “advice” than useful information. You are better served by consulting a recognized manual of style and collaborating with a good editor.

Useful reference books

Many of the books below are available in the AIT Library and/ or in the Learning Resource Center ( LRC /Room 216) in the Language Center.  Come and browse.

For help with/Location Title Author Publisher Help on
Style  Library Call number BF76.7 P83 2001 Publication Manual of the APA   APA all aspects of research writing
Style Library  Call number PN147 T75 A Guide to MLA Documentation   MLA accepted forms of punctuation, quotation, use of numbers, abbreviations, referencing, etc.
Style Library  Call number QC82 D7 Units of Measure Stephen Dresner Harvey Miller & Metcalf units of measure
Style Library Call number QC88 E36 The World Measures Guide   The Economist units of measure
Style LRC The Chicago Manual of Style   Chicago University Press accepted forms of punctuation, quotation, use of numbers, abbreviations, referencing and more
Style The Elements of Style William Strunk and E.B. White Macmillan basic rules of punctuation and usage, principles of composition, approach to style
Writing Instruction College Writing Skills J. Langan McGraw Hill basic patterns of organization and development
Writing Instruction Write Ideas E. Glendinning H. Mantell Longman intermediate level writing skills
Writing Handbook The Little, Brown Handbook H. R. Fowler and J. E. Aaron Harper Collins combination style manual and writing instruction
Research Design Practical Marketing Research N. B. Holbert and M. Speece Prentice Hall research design and writing up results
Business Correspondence A Handbook of Business Correspondence A. Ashley Oxford University Press structure, presentation, content and style for inquiries, replies, complaints, memos and many other types of business correspondence
Grammar Basic English Usage Michael Swan Oxford University Press information on grammar usage