Genres and Text Types
In this section we address the fundamental question of what academic writing is and the different perspectives one can take on the subject.
A number of commonly used written genres and text types - employed by undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and established scholars - are accounted for and discussed.
Furthermore, a designated subsection on writing for publication has been compiled, giving insights into the nature, processes, procedures, and quirks of academic publishing.
There is also a subsection on writing for administrative purposes, specifically tailored towards some of the administrative writing that takes place at Lund University.
The Writing Process
In this section, you are guided through the main stages of the writing process. Links are provided to AWELU resources that are of relevance during different stages of writing.
Most of the resources here are of a general kind and will thus be of use both to essay writers and to writers within other genres. Some texts in this section are mainly aimed at students who are new to academic writing in English and who might need help in identifying central aspects of academic writing. In this section, you will also get help in finding your way around the resources offered on the AWELU platform.
Grammar and Words
When you produce texts in a language other than your own, you are quite likely to run into difficulties that are different from those that you may experience when writing in your mother tongue.
Sometimes you are not certain exactly what is grammatically acceptable in English and what is not. Sometimes you know what is correct English, but you cannot explain it in such a way that your peers are convinced that you are right. Sometimes you know exactly what you want to say, but you cannot seem to find the right words in English to do this.
Even if you manage to come up with a sentence that expresses what you want it to express, it is sometimes the case that you feel that the level of formality or style is inappropriate for the type of text you are currently producing.
The aim of this AWELU section is to help you with all such problems related to English grammar and words.
Sources and Referencing
One characteristic of scholarly writing is that it is always somehow based on previous research within the field or within related fields. Reference needs to be made to all sources that have been used, according to accepted writing standards.
What kinds of sources are used in academic writing? In order to use sources in a correct manner, writers need to know what kinds of sources they are and how to refer to them. This section thus provides information about the use of sources and about referencing from a writing perspective.
Academic work relies on trust. Academic integrity is therefore a central concept in academia.
This section provides information about academic integrity from a writing perspective. It offers advice on how to adhere to policies regarding academic writing and the written presentation of research, especially in connection with plagiarism and related forms of academic misconduct.
This section provides templates of widely used documents at Lund University, such as common forms, vacancy notices, reports on academic misconduct, etc. The templates are generated from authentic documents and new templates will be added on a regular basis.
AWELU is not the only LU resource for writers of English texts. In this section, links are provided to other LU online resources and material.
The LU Glossary is intended to cover the English terminology needed to describe Lund University as a public institution of higher education.
It complements the Swedish-English glossary provided by the National Agency for Higher Education by adding terms unique to Lund University and specifying LU usage of common terms. The glossary also includes administrative terminology that LU shares with other public institutions.
Each glossary entry includes a Swedish term, an English term and a definition. In relevant cases, the entry may also include a source reference and an example of usage, in order to help the glossary user to use the term correctly.
The LU Glossary will be updated regularly, as new terms will emerge and old terms may change meaning or applicability.