Academic language – Literature and links

Below, you will find a selection of books and links to websites that may offer you guidance, tips, and inspiration in your writing. Many of the books are available through Uppsala University Library.  

If you are interested in literature and links about writing in Swedish, please visit the Swedish version of this web page.

Using Word


Useful links


  • Subject guides, UU: This site provides links to a number of dictionaries and databases. Some of them are available to subscribers only. Uppsala University Library subscribes to them and they can be reached from any computer linked to the university network.
  • . A quick and easy-to-use dictionary which helps you find synonyms and antonyms.
  • FOLDOC. Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing

Grammar and Language

Guides to essay writing

Literature about writing

  • Björk, Lennart and Räisänen, Christine. Academic Writing: A University Writing Course. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2003.
  • Bullock Richard. The Norton Field Guide to Writing, with Readings. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2006.
  • Falk, Angela. Thinking and Writing in Academic Contexts: A University Companion. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2011.
  • Graff, Gerald and Birkenstein, Cathy. They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2006.
  • Malmfors, Birgitta et al. Writing and Presenting Scientific Papers. 2nd ed. Nottingham: Nottingham UP, 2004.
  • Swales, John and Feak, Christine B. Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.


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Last modified: 2021-06-16