Start your research: Step-by-step guide
Step-by-step tutorial on research methods will help you gain practical skills and knowledge you can apply for all research needs, including how to evaluate resources from magazines, journals, scholarly, and peer-reviewed sources.
The following list of resources are available to assist you with writing public policy related documents, including resources on campus, how to cite your resources, and guides for writing public policy and legal materials.
School of Professional Studies Learning Studio
SPS Learning Studios are self-paced, self-directed and individualized online tutorials to support SPS students and assist in student success. These Studios are optional, non-credit, and zero-tuition courses housed in Canvas, with no registration requirements in Caesar.
The Writing Place is a free tutorial service for students currently enrolled in a Northwestern University School of Professional Studies class to provide extra help with writing assignments. Many students are at the earliest stages of researching a paper and seek help focusing a topic or developing a thesis. Others come in with a final draft and wish to have a perfectly clean paper. No matter the class or stage of the writing process, The Writing Place offers one-on-one advice and assistance from an experienced writer who can analyze the student's text and suggest improvements.
APA Citations: Purdue University Writing Lab
APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.
Bluebook Citation for Legal Materials: Purdue University Writing Lab
The Bluebook style guide is used in the American legal profession for citation of all relevant sources. Additionally, the Chicago Manual of Style recommends its use for all citation of legal material.