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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


  • Harvard Writes is 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.
    Harvard Writes on the Harvard University website
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) was launched in 1994 by Purdue University as the world’s first online writing lab and has been widely successful. The website features information on many writing-related topics, from overcoming writer’s block to grammar instruction to revision strategies to visual rhetoric. Use this resource!     
    Purdue Online Writing Lab website
  • The Purdue Global Guide to Plagiarism and Paraphrasing is a useful resource that covers a range of topics. It explains the common types of plagiarism; why academics cite their work and links to citation managers; and finally, tips on how to help you paraphrase relevant information in your own writing.
    Purdue Global Guide website
  • The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina offers a host of tips on tools on paper writing, citation, style, as well as specific writing assignment types and writing for specific fields. 
    The Writing Center website
  • The Harvard College Writing Center offers guides to writing papers in several different disciplines as well as general strategies for essay writing.
    Harvard College Writing Center website
  • On the Grammar Girl website, you will find lots of writing tips, including short and friendly grammar rules and word choice guidelines.
    Grammar Girl website
  • Research 101 by Ithaca College Library offers guides and tutorials about evaluating and citing sources, and much more.
    Research 101 on the Ithaca College Library website
  • The Linnæus University Library has compiled several useful links on the writing process, videos on structure and general writing tips on their comprehensive website.
    The Linnæus University Library website


  • Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write by Helen Sword (2017).
  • 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


  • 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 Master's students.
  • Patter is geared toward the social sciences for academic writers, but it is generally informative and contains a number of valuable insights into the writing process as well as how to plan your writing.


  • Demystifying Dissertation Writing: a Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text by Peg Boyle Single (2010).
  • 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).

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