Skip to Main Content

Science, Technology, Health, & Society

Sound Writing


Sound Writing is the official writing handbook on campus, written by student writing advisors and specifically tailored to the needs of Puget Sound students and their faculty.

In addition to supporting the development of successful academic writing skills, Sound Writing also includes sections on research methods, writing in the disciplines, and more.

Sound Writing provides help with three citation styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago (notes & bibliography).

Current Edition: 2020

Writing and Citing in STHS Courses

Citation styles vary depending on the discipline of the course you're in. In history, the notes and bibliography option of Chicago style is common, while in philosophy the author-date option of Chicago style is often used.  In sociology, the citation style might be Chicago author-date, or APA.  Be sure to always check with your professor about which citation guide you should use!  

Please consult the library's citation tools page and/or the chapter on citations in Sound Writing for online help.  Librarians and peer research advisors are always happy to help you, too!


Get Help at CWL

The Center for Writing & Learning (CWL), located in Howarth 109, offers students opportunities to get help on all aspects of the writing process.  Services include:

  • Writing Advisors who are selected through a rigorous application process and who are specially trained to help students get started on a paper, organize their thoughts, or improve their editing skills.
  • Peer Tutors in a wide range of subjects who are nominated by professors in their disciplines and who are specially trained to help students individually or in small groups.
  • Language Partners who work with multilingual students to help them navigate the conventions and quirks of academic English writing.
  • Academic Consultants who are specially trained to help students improve their time management skills, organization, study skills, and test-taking strategies.