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Literature on Academic Writing

Our members had the initiative to start collecting a list of literature on Academic Writing, which we are happy to share with you. This is a working list, meaning we are always updating it, should you want to contribute to it, please send us an


  • Ahrens, Sönke. How to take smart notes: One simple technique to boost writing, learning and thinking–for students, academics and nonfiction book writers. Sönke Ahrens, 2017.

  • Evans, David, Paul Gruba, and Justin Zobel. How to write a better thesis. Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 2011.
  • Goodson, Patricia. Becoming an academic writer: 50 exercises for paced, productive, and powerful writing. Sage Publications, 2016.
  • Hayot, Eric. The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities. Columbia University Press, 2014.
  • Kelsky, Karen. The Professor is in: The essential guide to turning your Ph.D. into a job. Three Rivers Press, 2015.
  • Mewburn, Inger. How to tame your PhD. Thesiswhisperer Books, 2020.
  • Modern Language Association of America. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th edition. New York, NY: Modern Language Assoc. of America, 2009.
  • Norris, Carolyn Brimley. Academic Writing in English. Helsinki: Language Services, University of Helsinki, 2016. < >
  • Nünning, Ansgar and Roy Sommer (eds.). Handbuch Promotion: Forschung – Förderung – Finanzierung. Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler, 2007.
  • Sarnecka, B. W. (2019) The Writing Workshop: Write More, Write Better, Be Happier in Academia. 
  • Swales, John M.  and Christine B. Feak. Academic Writing for Graduate Students - Essential Tasks and Skills. 2nd. edition. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Univ. of Michigan Press, 2008.
  • Wyzmann, Christian. Der Schreibzeitplan. Zeitmanagement für Schreibende. Opladen & Toronto: Budrich/utb, 2015.






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