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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Religious Studies


Writing and Research Resources

There are a number of resources to help with writing papers, researching, and correctly citing works used in a paper.

WRITING GUIDE providing the basics for academically sound writing is outlined in the Breviary of English Usage

THOMAS COOPER LIBRARY has a service, "Book a Librarian," for help in doing research through various library resources.

  • USC students, faculty and staff who want help with their research can make an appointment through Book A Librarian, a free consultation service that provides a person-to-person session with a librarian.

The library website also has a page with guides for the correct Citation Formats when citing sources of material or quotations. You should use the tabs at the top for either the "Chicago/Turabian" format style or the "MLA 7" format style. A drop-down list on each of these tabs will direct you to either citation formats for material you have gotten from print materials or from electronic sources

The library guides also include a section on Using Electronic Resources, with access to electronic databases of electronic journals, books, etc.

It also provides instructions for getting books through Interlibrary Loan and resources for looking up articles in digitized pages of historical South Carolina newspapers, dating from 1860 to 1922

USC WRITING CENTER (Byrnes 703) offers help in writing papers. They are open evenings several nights a week. You can make an appointment online.

  • Writing Center assistants hold 25- and 50-minute consultation sessions with writers who have a specific project or assignment to complete. Sessions will be tailored to the needs of the writer with the following stages of the writing process:

                        brainstorming ideas for papers

                        formulating theses

                        organizing ideas

                        developing ideas

                        structuring arguments

                        identifying and correcting recurring mistakes in punctuation, grammar, and usage

                        revising papers

HARVARD UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER provides a number of writing resources on their website, including A Student’s Guide to Writing in Religious Studies.

UCLA WRITING PROGRAMS has link for "handouts for students"  with links for pre-writing, getting started, sentence forms, proofing/revising, and citing sources