These resources should be regarded as general advice. Please remember to check with academic regulations, department guidelines and your supervisor.
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Rienecker, L. & G. Bay, Samfundslitteratur, 2014
An interactive on-line tool designed to assist students with writing a research paper, focusing on the importance of the research question and the role of finding and using sources. With a dialogue of 28 questions, Scribo offers a step-by-step approach to help you process your initial ideas and work towards structuring your work. Scribo draws on models known from the textbook The Good Paper (see below) and contains examples of real papers (e.g. from Economics & Business Administration and Financial Planning).
Using Scribo can be a helpful way to prepare for meetings with your supervisor and research librarians. It is especially useful in helping students begin the process of writing a BA- or Master’s thesis.
Booth, W.C., G. G. Colomb, & J. M. Williams. University of Chicago Press, 2008
This handbook is an international classic on research writing and is suitable for students writing BA- and Master’s theses. The Craft of Research covers all aspects of writing a research paper in a clear, thorough and straightforward manner.
Especially recommended is chapter 2 on what steps to follow to find a good research question, as well as chapter 3 that explains, in detail, how to build a solid academic argument. The publisher’s website contains the full table of contents of the book.
The Good Paper – a handbook for writing papers in higher education
Rienecker, L. & P. S. Jørgensen, Samfundslitteratur, 2013
A handbook for students writing papers where they need to formulate a research question and find relevant literature on their own (BA- and Master’s theses and other research papers). The book is an adapted version of the Danish book Den Gode Opgave, aimed at international students studying in Denmark. The book contains chapters on finding a research question, locating and using sources, the structure and elements of a paper, argumentation, clear academic language, as well as the writing process. The book contains many examples from real university papers from multiple disciplines.
The publisher’s webpage for the book contains a free downloadable set of activities (pdf), including tools to plan a work schedule for writing a paper (p. 12) and inspiration regarding what parts of your paper you can start writing on the first day (p. 4).
The Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, Arts, Aarhus University
AU Stydypedia is a web resource that provides information and tools for writing academic papers. It is structured in lines/themes, and especially relevant for writing papers are the lines on standards for academic papers (only in Danish), writing an academic paper and sources in academic work. It is an English version of the Danish Studypedia and is aimed at international students studying in Denmark (originally in Arts, but students use the site across faculties and universities).
Especially recommended is the interactive freewriting exercise, which can help you become a more efficient and productive writer, as well as information and tools for getting the most out of peer feedback.
Dudenhefer, P., Department of Economics, Duke University, 2014 (available online)
This 68-page guide is structured in five parts, covering the entire process of writing an economics paper in a clear and concise manner. Special attention is paid to the genres of economics writing as well as specific issues such as describing models.
Especially recommended is the “Six Principles of Clear, Cohesive, and Coherent Writing” from part 1 (p. 12). Working with these principles provides a manageable and efficient way to improve academic writing.
Teaching and Learning Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science
This web resource contains a section on “Making convincing arguments in essays” that is relevant when writing an academic paper. It provides guidance on how to develop the ability to engage in critical analysis, a key element in research papers.
The Danish Research Library Association's Forum for Library User Education, University of Southern Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University & Roskilde University
Many students are concerned about the risk of plagiarizing unintentionally, and do not feel familiar with the rules governing plagiarism and academic integrity. This web tutorial can help students learn how to use sources correctly and provide sufficient documentation in written assignments.