Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Public Policy: Writing Resources

This guide includes resources that can be useful for those seeking information in public policy.

Resources available to Northwestern Students and Faculty

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.

Resources on campus

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

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. 

Citing your resources

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.

Writing legal and public policy documents

Related Research Guides

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.