Here we provide some links and resources which could be useful for improving your writing and research skills. 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 (coming soon!).

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). Chicago, IL: 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). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

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. Boston, MA: Harvard University Press.

Warner. J. (2019). The Writer’s Practice. US: Penguin.

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.

Mason, S. and Merga, M. K. (2019). 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). 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.

Various sources on theorizing

Becker, H. S. (2014). What About Mozart? What About Murder? Reasoning from Cases. Chicago, IL: 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.

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.

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

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.

On making a contribution

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.

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.

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

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.

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