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Academic Writing

The Purdue Owl. Purdue University: an excellent overview of academic writing, research, and citing references. 

Harvard College: Writing CenterBrief guides to writing history, psychology, English and philosophy papers. 


Harvard Writing Project. Guides to writing in art history, psychology, social anthropology, East Asian studies, the life sciences, performance studies, religious studies, economics.

Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. Joan Bolker, 1998.  Though a bit outdated (a section on using computers!), it's still a great resource for struggling diss. writers.

Essay Writing

Essay Writing, The Purdue Owl

Writing Thesis Statements, Tips and Examples, The Purdue Owl

Strategies for Essay Writing, Harvard Writing Center,

Summarizing, Paraphrasing and Quoting, Harvard Writing Center,

Thesis Statements, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center,

What Is a Thesis Statement? University of Wisconsin Writing Center, Writer’s Handbook,

Writing Tips: Thesis Statements, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Center for Writing Studies,

Writing Introductions: 10 Options for non-scientific papers and essays, from MIT Comparative Media Studies:

Writing Conclusions: MIT Writing Center:

References, Citations and Bibliographies

Harvard Guide to Using Sources

Overview of APA, MLA style guides:

Turabian Quick Guide (from Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th ed.) (based on CMS style):

The Chicago Manual (CMS) of Style Quick Guide, 16th edition, 2007.
CMS Quick Guide:

The Purdue Owl citation guides for the APA, MLA and CMS,,

A chart comparing MLA, APA and CMS style guides, Purdue Owl,

Sample paper in APA (6th ed) style:

MLA (Modern Language Association) style guide

CSE (Council of Science Editors) guide, The Writing Center, Univ. of Wisconsin @ Madison

Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 7th ed., 2006.

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) style,

EU Inter-institutional Style Guide,

United Nations terminology database,

The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information. 3rd ed., Coghill & Garson, eds., 2006.

Linguistics: Language Style Sheet. Linguistic Society of America, 2008,

AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. 10th ed. Cheryl Iverson, et al., 2007.

American Institute of Physics. AIP Style Manual. 5th ed., 1997.

AIP Style Manual, 4th ed. 1990,

Style Manual for Political Science. 2nd rev, Amer. Political Science Assn., 2006.
Quick Guide:

American Sociological Association. ASA Style Guide. 3rd ed., 2007.

Which Style Guide to Use:


Harvard Guide to Using Sources: What Constitutes Plagiarism?

Avoiding Plagiarism,

The Purdue Owl: Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing


Language Bias

Stereotypes and Biased Language.

Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE),

AP drops ‘illegal immigrant’ from Stylebook, Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, April 2, 2013,


Writer’s Block

Overcoming Writer’s Block, Penn State Writing Center,

The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain, Alice W. Flaherty, 2004.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. Steven Pressfield, 2012.

Online Support Groups for Academic Writers

The Academic Writing Club ($$ fee-based),

Starting a Dissertation Writing Group (In a Writing Center), July 27, 2010, Billie Hara, Chronicle of Higher Education,


General Writing

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, Stephen S. Pinker, 2014.

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, 1980, William Zinsser:

The Elements of Style, William Strunk and E.B. White, 4th edition, 2000 (online, 1st edition)

Meet the Man Who Can Taste Words, Marissa Fessenden, Feb 24, 2015,

A Fear of Metaphors, On Language, Donald Hall, July 7, 1985

Language Bias

Stereotypes and Biased Language.

Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE),

AP drops ‘illegal immigrant’ from Stylebook, Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, April 2, 2013,



Business & Management Writing for Journals

10 Tips for Getting Published in the Top Entrepreneurship Journals, Mike Wright & Alain Fayolle, February 10, 2014, EE Elgar Blog

How to Get Published in the Best Entrepreneurship Journals: A Guide to Steer Your Academic Career, Alain Fayolle & Mike Wright, 2014.

Writing Nonempirical Articles for Journal of Management: General Thoughts and Suggestions, Russell Cropanzanom, Journal of Management 35(6) 1304–1311, 2009,

Top 50 Business & Management Journals ranked by The Financial Times:

Publishing in AMJ: Tips from the Editors, 2015 Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop, Gerry George.

Publishing in AMJ: From The Editors: Part 1: Topic Choice, 2011, Vol. 54, No. 3.


Science Writing

The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete: Here’s what’s next. James Somers. The Atlantic. April 5, 2018.


Writing Well, A Scientist’s Take on Style, Steven Pinker: WBUR Radio interview.


Science is getting harder to read (How jargon and acronyms are muddying meaning), 

Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Nature Index, Sept. 10, 2020.

Writing a Scientific Research Article, Columbia University Biological Sciences 

The Structure, Format, Content, and Style of a Journal-Style Scientific Paper,
Department of Biology, Bates College, Lewiston, ME.

Author Resources: Academy of Management Journal

West Meets East: New Concepts and Theories, Barkema, Chen, George, Luo, Tsui, Academy of Management Journal, 2015, Vol. 58, No. 2.

The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age, Hayden & Nijhuis, eds, 2013.

Writing Science in Plain English, Anne Greene, 2013.

Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded. Joshua Schimel, 2011.

The Craft of Scientific Communication. Joseph Harmon & Alan Gross, 2010.

Writing Up Qualitative Research. Harry F. Wolcott, 2009.

Ideas into Words: Mastering the Craft of Science Writing. Elise Hancock, 2003.

The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science. Scott Montgomery, 2002.


Copyright and Fair Use

Cornell University Legal Information Institute: Copyright Law

Purdue Owl, Strategies for Fair Use:

International Students


Cultural Perspectives

International Student Experience [in the USA], Parts 1-5, Columbia Business School Orientation, video, 2008:

Born Again in a Second Language, Costica Bradatan, New York Times, August 4, 2013:

We No Speak Americano — Understanding International Students’ Writing, Nick Hawthorne’s Channel

Writing in English

Succeeding as an International Student in the United States and Canada, Charles Lipson, 2008.

ESL (English as a Second Language), Grammar Exercises & more

Tips for Writing in North American Colleges — The Basics. The Purdue University Owl

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: A Course for Nonnative Speakers of English, 3rd ed., John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak, 2012.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Essay Writing
References & Citations
General Writing
Language Bias
Writer's Block
Online Support Groups

Academic Writing​


  • Business Writing

  • Science Writing

  • Copyright and Fair Use

International Students

  • Cultural Perspectives

  • Writing in English

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