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Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering: Writing & Statistics Resources

This guide provides key resources for researching biosystems and agricultural engineering topics, including bioenergy, food safety and quality sensors, water quality, sustainable ecosystems, resource conservation, and biosensors.

Writing Reference

Writing Assistance

Writng Style Guides

Annotated Bibliography: This guide from Purdue defines and describes what an annotated bibliography is and its component parts necessary for writing one.

Annotate Bibliography guide from the University of Toronto - very desciptive and helpful.

Write an Annotated Bibliography from the Univ. of CA - Santa Cruz Library, again, very descriptive and helpful.

Writing styles and citation guides can be found here:

Another helpful guide: Conducting a Literature Review in the Business Disciplines: A Guide for Graduate Students 

The Writing Center

Writing Center
The Writing Center at Michigan State University provides one-on-one and group writing consultations, various writing-specific workshops, as well as writing groups for graduate students and faculty. We have locations across MSU’s campus serving the needs of all students and campus communities.

Navigating the PhD Workshop Series: This guide is designed to help you develop an individualized plan for graduate writing, especially comprehensive exams, dissertation proposals, and dissertations. The site is great for Masters students, also.

Proposal Writing

Recommended Resources on Proposal Writing

90 days to success in grant writing [electronic resource] / Timothy Kachinske, Judith Kachinske.
Boston, MA : Course Technology PTR, c2010
HG177.5.U6 K33 2010  Online 

Foundation Center's guide to proposal writing, 6th ed.  / Jane C. Geever.
New York : Foundation Center, c2012.

Smith, Gideon F.; Figueiredo, Estrela; Pennington, Toby; et al. 2009. Getting that grant: How to convince an evaluation panel that your proposal is worthy of funding. Taxon 58 (2): 675-677.

How to Write a Successful Research Grant Application [electronic resource]: A Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists, 2nd ed. / Willo Pequegnat.
New York : Springer Oct. 2010
Chapter 8: Common Mistakes in Proposal Writing and How to Avoid Them / Susan Folkman and Willo Pequegnat

Planning, proposing, and presenting science effectively: A guide for graduate students and researchers in the behavioral sciences and biology, 2nd ed. / Jack P. Hailman and Karen B. Strier.
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
MSU MAIN LIBRARY, QH315 .H25 2006 
1st ed., 1997 - MSU FUNDING CENTER, 1 EAST, QH315 .H25 1997  

Research methods for leisure, recreation and tourism / edited by Ercan Sirakaya-Turk ... [et al.].
Wallingford, Oxfordshire ; Cambridge, MA : CABI, c2011.
Chapter:  Kline, S. F. Proposal writing. Pages: 72-93
Abstract: This chapter introduces the importance of writing a research proposal and discusses the elements of a good proposal for scientific inquiry, in the context of leisure, recreation and tourism research. It stresses that research proposals must contain extensive literature reviews and offer convincing support of a need for the research study being proposed. It covers several steps of writing a proposal. The areas such as identification of a research topic, conducting a relevant literature review on the topic, developing propositions and hypotheses, data analysis and designing data collection instruments, reporting and citation styles and related issues are also introduced as elements of writing a research proposal. A short proposal example is also provided.
GV14.5 .R46 2011

Writing successful science proposals, 2nd ed. / Andrew J. Friedland and Carol L. Folt.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2009.
MSU MAIN LIBRARY, Q180.55.P7 F75 2009
1st ed, 2000 - MSU FUNDING CENTER, 1 EAST, Q180.55.P7 F75 2000