Public Policy information resources: Citing & writing


Citation guides

Citation management software

Use Citation management software to import and export citations from numerous databases and format bibliographies automatically.

How to cite Twitter, YouTube, or other non-traditional formats

Search the APA Style Blog for some handy citation examples and discussion, or view

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Academic writing

  • Academic writing: an introduction [print]
  • Mapping your thesis: the comprehensive manual of theory and techniques for masters and doctoral research [print]
  •  Complete your dissertation or thesis in two semesters or less [print]

Research Commons has a variety of services for graduate students including:


Policy writing 

Writing public policy : a practical guide to communicating in the policy making process [print]

New From Research to Impact: A Toolkit for Developing Effective Policy Briefs 
(University of Toronto) 

Telling the health policy story Chapter 7 of Research for Health Policy

Writing for Government
University of Victoria course page, including "How to Write a Briefing Note" and  "How to Write a Policy Recommendation" [archived copy]

Policy Memo
Duke University's Writing Studio

Craft of Memo Writing
From the Atlas of Public Management, by Robert Behn

Writing a Policy Memo
USC Libraries

How to create superior briefings
Classic 1991 report for Canadian Centre for Management Development

How to Write a Policy Brief
list of documents from SFU database Policy Commons

Examples of policy briefs

PACE Policy Briefs
Policy Analysis for California Education - includes some working papers and infographics

PIIE Policy Briefs
Peterson Institute for International Economics