Graduate Reading and Writing

Welcome, graduate students! Here you will find resources to strengthen your reading and writing skills.

The following resources cover a range of topics relevant to graduate-level reading and writing as well as the process of becoming a scholarly writer in a particular field. In addition to using these resources, be sure to ask questions and reach out to faculty members, students in your program, and others for support.

Helpful Websites

    • The A.C. Buehler Library offers a variety of tools and resources to support your reading and writing. Ask a librarian if you have questions about your research and library resources, services, and policies. 
    • Elmhurst University gives you free access to LinkedIn Learning, an on-demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills. LinkedIn Learning provides several useful videos on writing, such as “Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, “Writing with Proper Punctuation,” and “Business Writing Tips.” 
  • Grammar Girl: The Grammar Girl website contains a variety of free resources for writers, including podcast episodes, videos, and handouts.  
    • The UNC Writing Center offers several tips and tools for writers, including handouts and videos. Topics include group writing, annotated bibliographies, science writing, and much more. 
  • APA Style: The American Psychological Association (APA) Style website provides useful style and grammar guidelines, including information about citing sources in APA style. 
  • APA Academic Writer: Academic Writer is an APA tool to help writers compose research papers and use APA style. If interested, you will need to pay a subscription fee to access the platform. 
  • MLA Style Center: The Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Center offers a variety of writing tips as well as guidelines on citing sources in MLA style. 

Articles and Books

  • Bailey, S. (2015). Academic writing for international students of business (2nd ed.). Routledge. 
  • Canseco, G. (2010). Inside academic writing: Understanding audience and becoming part of an academic community. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
  • Caplan, N. A. (2012). Grammar choices for graduate and professional writers. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
  • Cargill, M., & O’Connor, P. (2013). Writing scientific research articles: Strategy and steps (2nd ed.). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 
  • Casanave, C. P., & Li, X. M. (2008). Learning the literacy practices of graduate school: Insiders’ reflections on academic enculturation. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
  • Cooper, A., & Bikowski, D. (2007). Writing at the graduate level: What tasks do professors actually require? Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 6(3), 206–221.  
  • Curry, M. J., & Lillis, T. (2013). A scholar’s guide to getting published in English: Critical choices and practical strategies. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. 
  • Feak, C., Reinhart, S. M., & Rohlck, T. N. (2009). Academic interactions: Communicating on campus. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
  • Feak, C., & Swales, J. M. (2009). Telling a research story: Writing a literature review. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
  • Feak, C., & Swales, J. M. (2011). Creating contexts: Writing introductions across genres. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
  • McAlpine, L., & Amundsen, C. (Eds.). (2011). Doctoral education: Research-based strategies for doctoral students, supervisors and administrators. New York: Springer.  
  • Reinhart, S. M. (2002). Giving academic presentations. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
  • Salehzadeh, J. (2005). Academic listening strategies: A guide to understanding lectures. University of Ann Arbor: Michigan Press. 
  • Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. (2000). English in today’s research world: A writing guide. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.  
  • Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. (2009). Abstracts and the writing of abstracts. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
  • Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. (2011). Navigating academia: Writing supporting genres. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 
  • Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students: Essential tasks and skills (3rd ed.). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. 
  • Wallace, M., & Wray, A. (2011). Critical reading and writing for postgraduates (2nd ed). London: SAGE. 

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