In the academic world, writing is an important part of your education. You will write different types of texts like, for example, written examinations, reports, essays and degree projects. On this page, we have gathered some useful information to support you in your academic writing.
If you need support in your writing, you can turn to the Writing Centre (Skrivarverkstaden). Our staff here have skills and experience in tutoring students in writing and editing in Swedish, Swedish as a second language and in English. They will give support and advice here at the Library or, if you are a distance student, via email, phone or web conference. The Writing Centre supports students and members of staff of the University.
When you are writing your thesis or paper, you have to show that you are well-informed about the research in the field of knowledge you are active. Therefore, it is important that you give credit to and correctly cite other researchers' texts.
When you are writing essays and other documents, a reference management programme to handle your references may be very useful. At the University of Gävle, we use the web-based programme Mendeley.
When you are writing essays and other texts, you must inform your readers of what sources you have used. It doesn't matter if you are quoting, paraphrasing or summarising; you must not fail to acknowledge your sources. To use other people's phrases, ideas and findings without acknowledging those is defined as plagiarism. To plagiarise means that you deliberately mislead your readers by allowing them to think that other people's thoughts and ideas are your own. At the University of Gävle, we use the plagiarism checking system Safe Assign.
At the University of Gävle, we use DiVA for for e-publishing and bibliographic documentation of student theses and research publications.
If you use material that someone else created, for example, pictures, graphs and tables, there are rules and regulations that describe how you may use this material. Make sure to familiarise yourself with rules on copyright, the Personal Data Act etcetera so that you know if and how you may use materials that are created by someone else.
Published by: Elisabeth Jansson