Resources for academic writing
Here is a collection of links to useful resources for students doing coursework or thesis writing in English.
General resources for academic writing in English
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a comprehensive writing resource with guides to various features of academic writing, grammar, citation styles and writing for specific subject areas. This is a good one-stop shop for information on academic writing in English.
Strunk’s Elements of Style is a classic work on style in written English. While it does not specifically deal with academic style, it is nevertheless a valuable reference for academic writing. An older edition is freely available through the link below and newer editions are commonly available in libraries.
The Harvard College Writing Center has a range of useful resources on aspects of essay writing and essay structure, as well as guides to using sources and writing in different disciplines. Their website is especially useful for tips on how to approach the different components of academic essays and for guidance on the writing process.
Together with information on features of academic writing and a blog with writing tips, Uppsala University’s Scriptor website features a collection of commented student texts from a variety of disciplines and covering a range of assignment and thesis types. The collection of student texts is a great resource for students who want a better understanding of the English-language work they are expected to produce in Swedish academic contexts.
AWELU (Academic Writing in English at Lund University) is a guide to English-language academic writing for both students and professional researchers. This is another good Swedish resource for issues relating to grammar, referencing, the writing process and academic integrity.
A simple way of improving the readability of your work is to improve the structure of paragraphs. Looking at paragraph structure can also help you understand how you have structured your text overall. Here are some links to help you think about what paragraphs can or should look like in academic writing:
Conciseness and avoiding redundancy
Saying only as much as you need to and staying on topic are two things that help to make your writing clearer for the reader. Here are some articles with tips on how to write concisely and avoid redundancy:
Grammar and syntax
If you are writing in English as a second or other language it can be useful to have clear and accesible guides to grammar at your fingertips. Here are some recommended links:
One of the most frustrating things about writing in a second or other language is not having the same variety of words at your disposal. Here are some links to academic word lists and to apps you can use to study them:
Last updated: October 28, 2019
Source: Student Services