Research Resources

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We have put together the following list of resources to help with your graduate program writing and research. Please let us know if you find additional resources that may be of help to other law graduate students.

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Research guides

Law library

Howard S. Becker, Tricks of the Trade: How to Think About Your Research While You're Doing It (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998).

Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007). Call number: LB2369 T8 2007.


Jacques Barzun, The Modern Researcher, 6th ed. (Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004). Call number: LB2369 B28 2004.

Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Coulumb & Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research, 2d ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003). Call number: Q180.55 M4B66. (3d ed. on order)

John W. Creswell, Research Design: Qualitative Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2009). Call number: H62 C736 2009

Martyn Denscombe, The Good Research Guide: For Small-Scale Social Research Projects, 2d ed. (Maidenhead; Philadelphia: Open University Press, 2003). Call number: H62 D389 2003.

Chris Hart, Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination (London: SAGE Publications, 1998). Call number: H62 H2566.

Susan M. Hubbuch, Writing Research Papers Across the Curriculum (Boston, MA: Thomson Wadsworth, 2005). Call number: LB2369 H83 2005.

James D. Lester & Patricia I. Mochnacz, The Essential Guide to Writing Research Papers (Toronto: Longman, 2003). Call number: LB2369 L395.

Zina O'Leary, The Essential Guide to Doing Research (Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications, 2004). Call number: Q180.55 M4 O54.

Hugh Robertson, The Research Essay: A Guide to Papers, Essays and Projects, rev. ed. (Ottawa: Piperhill, 1991). Call number: LB2369 R627 1991.

Generally available

Martyn Denscombe, The Good Research Guide: For Small Scale Social Research Projects, 4th ed. (Maidenhead; New York: Open University Press, 2010).

Arlene Fink, Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper (Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications, 2009).

Uwe Flick, An Introduction to Qualitative Research, 4th ed. (London: SAGE Publications, 2009).

Lawrence A. Machi & Brenda T. McEvoy, The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success (Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2009).

Research websites

University of Victoria Faculty of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation Resources

University of Toronto, The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It

Concordia University, How to Write a Literature Review

Concordia University, How to Write a Research Paper

University of Alberta, Writing a Research Paper

Purdue University, Writing a Research Paper

Writing guides

Law library

Elizabeth Fajans, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes, and Law Review Competition Papers (St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West, 2005). Call number: KF250 F35 2005.


Stephen Bailey, Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students (London: Routledge, 2006). Electronic resource.

Janet Giltrow, Academic Writing: An Introduction (Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2005). Call number: PE1408 G5658.

Janet Giltrow, Academic Writing: Writing and Reading Across the Disciplines (Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 1995). Call number: PE1408 G566 1995.

Diana Hacker, A Canadian Writer's Reference, 3d ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004). Call number: PE1408 H24 2004.

James Hartley, Academic Writing and Publishing: A Practical Guide (London; New York: Routledge, 2008). Electronic resource.

Elizabeth Rankin, The Work of Writing: Insights and Strategies for Academics and Professionals (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001). Call number: PE1404 R356.

Myra Shulman, In Focus: Strategies for Academic Writers (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2005). Call number: LB2369 S548.

William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style, 4th ed. (New York: Longman, 2000). Call number: PE1408 S772 2000.

Generally available

Janet Giltrow, et al., Academic Writing: An Introduction, 2d ed. (Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2009).

Janet Giltrow, Academic Writing: Writing and Reading Across the Disciplines, 3d ed. (Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2002).

Diana Hacker, A Canadian Writer's Reference, 4th ed. (Boston: Bedford Books, 2010).

Rowena Murray, Writing for Academic Journals, 2d ed. (New York: Open University Press, 2009).

Craig M. Scott, Producing an Insightful Research Paper: Some Elements to Consider (Toronto: Social Science Electronic Publishing, 2010). Electronic resource.

John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak, Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills, 2nd ed. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004).

Writing Websites

UVic Writing Centre Resources

UVic English Department Writer's Guide

University of Toronto Advice on Academic Writing

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Methodology guides

Law library (reserve)

Creswell, John W., Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2008). Call number: H62 C736 2009

Locke, L.F, Spirduso, W.W, Silverman, S.J., Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2010). Call number: Q180.55 P7L63 2007

Thesis/dissertation guides

University of Victoria Faculty of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation Resources

UVic Thesis Template

Thesis Writing Starter Kit


Patrick Dunleavy, Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write, and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). Call number: LB2369 D85.

Alan A. Glatthorn, Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide, 2d ed. (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2005). Call number: LB2369 G56 2005.

Chris Hart, Doing Your Masters Dissertation: Realizing Your Potential as a Social Scientist (London: SAGE, 2005). Call number: LB2369 H324.

Beth Luey, ed., Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2008). Call number: LB2369 R49 2008.

James E. Mauch, Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook for Students and Faculty, 5th ed. (New York: M. Dekker, 2003). Call number: LB2369 M377 2003.

Robert L. Peters, Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Master's or a PhD, rev. ed. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997). Call number: LB2371.4 P48 1997.

Kjell Erik Rudestam, Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process (Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2007). Call number: LB2369 R83 2007.

George Watson, Writing a Thesis: A Guide to Long Essays and Dissertations (London: Longman, 1987). Call number: LB2369 W34.

Generally available

Joan Bolker, Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis (New York: Henry Holt, 1998).

Rowena Murray, How to Write a Thesis, 2d ed. (Maidenhead; New York: Open University Press, 2006).

Paul Oliver, Writing Your Thesis, 2nd ed. (Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2008).

Thesis/dissertation websites

University of Waterloo, A Simple Approach to Thesis Writing

Carleton University, How to Organize Your Thesis