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Academic resources

This webpage presents a list of links to websites that offer useful academic resources, such as tips for academic writing, referencing and thesis writing. All links open in the same window and take you to the website of that resource. 

Lund University-specific guides

General writing-related topics

Online:

  • Harvard Writes. One of our favourite resources, this website decodes academic writing expectations by focusing on argument, stakes, structure, and evidence, including videos, example texts and exercises for multiple disciplines. Start here for an overview of why academics write and the essential elements of all academic writing. 
  • Online Writing Lab (OWL) at the purdue.edu. Purdue University's OWL was launched in 1994 as the world’s first online writing lab and has been widely successful. The site features information on many writing-related topics, from overcoming writer’s block to grammar instruction to revision strategies to visual rhetoric. Use this resource!       
  • Writing Center at unc.edu – handouts and several videos on writing-related topics from The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina. Updated often.        
  • Writing Resources and Guides at Harvard University's Writing Center online. Here you’ll find guides to writing papers in several different disciplines as well as general strategies for essay writing. You can ignore the “course specific writing guides,” which are most helpful to Harvard students in those classes, although if you do browse through them, you’ll find advice applicable to similar courses here at LU.
  • Grammar Girl website – Described as “your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language.” You’ll find lots of quick grammar tips on topics like the difference between ”affect” and ”effect,” what a dangling participle is, and “how to make weird nouns plural.”
  • Guide to Evaluating Internet Sources, at the Ithaca College Library website. Educates users about how to use the Web as a research tool and how to deem a source as credible or not.

Print:

  • Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing by Patricia Goodson (2013).
  • Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers by Nigel. A. Caplan (2015).
  • Just Write It! How to develop top-class university writing skills by Greta Solomon (2013).
  • Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing by Claire Kehrwald Cook (1985).
  • Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations by Angelika H. Hofmann (2014).
  • Scientists Must Write: a guide to better writing for scientists, engineers and students by Robert Barrass (2002).
  • Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph Williams (2007).
  • The Sense of Structure: Writing from the Reader’s Perspective by George D. Gopen (2004).
  • They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein (2010).
  • Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process by Peter Elbow (1998).

Thesis/Dissertation writing

Online:

  • Explorations of Style blog — Written with graduates and post-graduates in mind, this blog tackles all kinds of issues in academic writing and “discusses strategies to improve the process of expressing our research in writing.” The posts are well-written and strike the perfect balance of theoretical contemplation and practical advice. This is one of the ASC’s favourite resources.        
  • The Thesis Whisperer blog, “dedicated to helping research students everywhere.” The majority of posts are geared toward PhD students, with topics like “you and your supervisor” and “your career.”  Other topics including “getting things done” and “on writing” are relevant to both PhD and MA/MSc students.

Print:

  • The Craft of Research by Wayne Booth, Gregory Colomb, and Joseph Williams (2008).
  • Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day by Joan Bolker (1998).
  • Writing the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: Entering the Conversation by Irene L. Clark (2007).

Referencing guides & plagiarism information

Online:

Print:

  • Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide by Richard Pears and Graham Shields (2013). This book covers citation examples in Harvard, APA, MHRA, MLA, and OSCOLA styles.        
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Modern Language Association of America (2009).
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by the American Psychological Association (2009).

Presentation skills

Online:

Print:

  • Speak with Confidence: Powerful Presentations that Inform, Inspire, and Persuade by Dianna Booher (2003).

Study skills

Online

Print:

  • Study Skills for International Postgraduates by Martin Davies (2011)
  • The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell
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