Here are some resources which we think you might find useful in engaging in the craft of research writing. Please email us with any other suggestions!
15 Tips for Finishing your PhD Thesis – from supervisors and PhD graduates. One of my favourites is ‘don’t pursue perfectionism’!
Academic Phrasebank – examples of linking phrases and ways to refer to sources (when you just can’t think of how to say it)
Lather, P. (2009) Getting Lost – advice on the virtues of ‘Getting lost’ in research and research writing
How not to write a thesis – an article exploring key things to avoid in the PhD process. The tone is quite sharp but the advice is sound.
Pat Thomson on blogging as academic writing – Pat Thomson’s blog posts about the benefits of blogging for academic writing. Indeed, making the case for blogging being academic writing per se…
Pat Thompson on changing institutional writing cultures
Queen Mary University writing initiative offering a similar model that that we we are developing here with some new ideas we might want to think about
Sussex Writing Resources (Sussex students only) – links to e-learning tutorials, workshops and support on campus and online for all aspects of research writing.
The Three-Month Thesis – written by a Physics student who did just that! Contains useful tips on productivity, even if the thought of writing your whole PhD in only 3 months is mind-blowing!
Thesis Whisperer – a blog with entries on every aspect of PhD writing with one of my favourites being ‘how to write 1,000 words a day and not go bat-shit crazy‘. Useful for when you need a virtual motivational chat.
Video on writing a dissertation by Avital Ronell
Writing about writing blog – a fantastic collection of writing about writing from various academics.