Writing and Style Guide for University Papers and Assignments

First version prepared by Dr. François-Pierre Gingras (1998)
School of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Updated: August 2010


This guide was first prepared by Professor François-Pierre Gingras, School of Political Studies, upon the request of Professor Serge Denis, previously the Associate Dean (Academic) and Secretary of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

In August 2009, the Faculty undertook a complete overhaul of this guide and updated it with the help of teaching materials developed in recent years by the Student Academic Success Service (SASS) and the Academic Writing Help Center (AWHC). We thank the SASS and the AWHC for their permission to obtain and reproduce here several help documents for students. Each document used is referenced in the document and in the bibliography.

The rules and norms included in this guide constitute the writing guidelines to be used in all courses offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, except where professors choose to adopt other standards. Any questions you may have should be directed to your professor and your department.

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