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]

Telling the health policy story In Research for Health Policy (Ch 7)ts

Writing for Government
Course page for University of Victoria's ENGL 302, with suggestions on writing policy recommendations, briefing notes, and more [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 Link
list of documents from Policy Commons (proxied)

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