Academic writing

Last changed: 03 April 2024
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The following page provides some tips on how to compose academic texts.

Tips and resources for academic writing

  • Library search & write guide (SLU Univeristy Library)
    In the modules you can, for example, learn more about academic writing, oral presentations and how to make an academic poster.

  • Academic Phrasebank (University of Manchester)
    Here you can get tips on how to craft scientific texts. This database includes, among other things, concrete examples of how to express yourself when presenting a problematic issue, or how to describe different methods.

  • AWELU, Academic Writing at Lund University
    Lund University provides a comprehensive guide to academic writing in English.

  • Paradigm: Online Writing Assistant
    Contains general tips on writing as well as a specific guide for writing a thesis.

  • Scriptor from Uppsala University offers tricks that will help you become a better writer.

  • University of Kansas Writing Guides
    Here you will for example find information on writing an abstract or editing and proofreading.

  • Writing guide
    Here you will find practical advice on the writing process, how to publish your thesis and how to handle references. It's a good page to start with when you begin the writing process.

  • Writing in English at University
    Open web resources by Lund University.

If you would prefer to read a book about the academic writing process, we suggest that you take a look at How to write and publish a scientific paper by Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel (2011). 

If you would like to use a smartphone app then Academic Writing in English ( AWE) is a complete course on academic writing that you can download for free to your iOS or Android device.

Popular science writing

For general thoughts on how to go about writng a popular science text, take a look at the page Popular Science Writing from Lund University (in English). There you can read more about catching your reader's attention and some useful stylistic tricks.