Here we provide some links and resources which could be useful for improving your writing and research skills. Each item listed on this page has been recommended by early-career higher education researchers as worth checking out. The list is regularly updated. If you have any suggestions of your own to be added to this list, please contact us at!

In addition to the stuff we list here, you may want to check the content published on our blog, especially the posts in the categories Scholar’s Toolbox and Bookshelf, as well as the material we have collected as part of our ongoing project Everybody Struggles with Writing, Everybody Gets Rejected.

Books on writing & doing research

Becker, H. S. and Richards, P. (2007). Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing). University of Chicago Press.

Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M., Bizup, J., and Fitzgerald, W. T. (2016). The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing and Publishing). University of Chicago Press.

Lamott, A. (1995). Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor.

Mewburn, I. (2013). How to Tame Your PhD.

Mewburn, I., Firth, K., and Lehmann, S. (2018). How to Fix Your Academic Writing Trouble. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Silvia, P. J. (2018). How to Write a Lot. 2nd Revised Edition. American Psychological Association.

Sword, H. (2012). Stylish Academic Writing. Harvard University Press.

Warner. J. (2019). The Writer’s Practice. Penguin Random House.

White, G. E. (2017). The Dissertation Warrior. The Ultimate Guide to Being the Kind of Person Who Finishes a Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis. Triumphant Heart International.

Blogs & blog posts on writing & doing research

Fischer, B., & Nobis, N. (2019, June 4). Why Writing Better Will Make You a Better Person. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Healy, K. (2003, April 29). Science as a Vocation. Kieran Healy.

Mason, S. and Merga, M. K. (2018, August 20). A PhD by publication is a great way to build your academic profile, but be mindful of its challenges. LSE Impact Blog.

Pitoniak, A. (2017, January 17). What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing. Literary Hub.

Videos & podcasts on writing

McEnerney, L. (2014). The Craft of Writing Effectively. YouTube.
McEnerney, L. (2015). Writing Beyond the Academy. YouTube.
Murray, R. (2018). Rowena Murray on writing retreats, academic friendships and dealing with discrimination. Changing Academic Life Podcast.

Articles on writing & making a contribution

Labaree, D. F. (2020). Turtles All the Way Down: Academic Writing as Formalism. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 54(3), 679–693.

Cerulo, K. A. (2016). Why Do We Publish? The American Sociologist, 47(2/3), 151–157.

Davis, M. S. (1971). That’s Interesting! Towards a Phenomenology of Sociology and a Sociology of Phenomenology. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 1(2), 309–344.

Davis, M. S. (1986). ‘That’s Classic!’ The Phenomenology and Rhetoric of Successful Social Theories. Philosophy of the Social Sciences/Philosophie Des Sciences Sociales, 16(3), 285–301.

Zuckerman, E. W. (2018). Tips to Article Writers.

Zuckerman, E. W. (2019). On Genre: A Few More Tips to Academic Journal Article-Writers.

Abend, G. (2020). Making Things Possible. Sociological Methods & Research.

Abend, G., Petre, C., & Sauder, M. (2013). Styles of Causal Thought: An Empirical Investigation. American Journal of Sociology, 119(3), 602–654.

Gustafsson, K., & Hagström, L. (2018). What is the point? Teaching graduate students how to construct political science research puzzles. European Political Science, 17(4), 634–648.

Martín, E. (2014). How to write a good article. Current Sociology, 62(7), 949–955.

Locke, K., & Golden-Biddle, K. (1997). Constructing Opportunities for Contribution: Structuring Intertextual Coherence and “Problematizing” in Organizational Studies. Academy of Management Journal, 40(5), 1023–1062.

Writing literature reviews

From the Point-Counterpoint Debates in the Journal of Management Studies

Elsbach, K. D., & Knippenberg, D. van. (2020). Creating High-Impact Literature Reviews: An Argument for ‘Integrative Reviews’. Journal of Management Studies.

Alvesson, M., & Sandberg, J. (2020). The Problematizing Review: A Counterpoint to Elsbach and Van Knippenberg’s Argument for Integrative Reviews. Journal of Management Studies.

Krlev, G. (2019). The death of the literature review and the rise of the dynamic knowledge map. LSE Impact Blog.

Sternheimer, K. (2019). How (and Why) to Write a Literature Review. Everyday Sociology Blog.

Various sources on theorizing

Becker, H. S. (2014). What About Mozart? What About Murder? Reasoning from Cases. University of Chicago Press.

Sternheimer, K. (2018, January 18). Joining the Conversation: Why Study Theory? Everyday Sociology Blog.

Sternheimer, K. (2019, April 29). Connecting the Dots: Linking Theory with Research. Everyday Sociology Blog.

Sutton, R. I., & Staw, B. M. (1995). What Theory is Not. Administrative Science Quarterly, 40(3), 371–384.

Weick, K. E. (1995). What Theory is Not, Theorizing Is. Administrative Science Quarterly, 40(3), 385–390.

DiMaggio, P. J. (1995). Comments on ‘What Theory is Not’. Administrative Science Quarterly, 40(3), 391–397.

Krause, M. (2016). The meanings of theorizing. The British Journal of Sociology, 67(1), 23–29.

Swedberg, R. (Ed.). (2014). Theorizing in Social Science: The Context of Discovery. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Swedberg, R. (2017). Theorizing in Sociological Research: A New Perspective, a New Departure? Annual Review of Sociology, 43(1), 189–206.

Swedberg, R. (2016). Before theory comes theorizing or how to make social science more interesting. The British Journal of Sociology, 67(1), 5–22.

Lizardo, O. (2014, August 17). The End of Theorists: The Relevance, Opportunities, and Pitfalls of Theorizing in Sociology Today [Lewis Coser Memorial Lecture].

Rojas, F. (2017). Theory for the Working Sociologist. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Healy, K. (2017). Fuck Nuance. Sociological Theory, 35(2), 118–127.

Mears, A. (2017). Puzzling in Sociology: On Doing and Undoing Theoretical Puzzles. Sociological Theory, 35(2), 138–146.

Breslin, D., & Gatrell, C. (2020). Theorizing Through Literature Reviews: The Miner-Prospector Continuum. Organizational Research Methods.

Crane, A., Henriques, I., Husted, B. W., & Matten, D. (2016). What Constitutes a Theoretical Contribution in the Business and Society Field? Business & Society, 55(6), 783–791.

Abend, G. (2008). The Meaning of ‘Theory’. Sociological Theory, 26(2), 173–199.

Eisenhardt, K. M. (1989). Building Theories from Case Study Research. The Academy of Management Review, 14(4), 532–550.

van de Ven, A. H. (1989). Nothing Is Quite so Practical as a Good Theory. The Academy of Management Review, 14(4), 486–489.

Weick, K. E. (1989). Theory Construction as Disciplined Imagination. The Academy of Management Review, 14(4), 516–531.

Whetten, D. A. (1989). What Constitutes a Theoretical Contribution? The Academy of Management Review, 14(4), 490–495.

Grammar & language

On English punctuation
Academic Phrasebank
On English articles (advanced)
When NOT to use the definite article
On differences between English and German academic writing