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Academic writing and reference management



Things to remember

When you write academic texts, it is important to follow the tradition of the subject in question. This applies regardless of whether you are writing a degree project or other research papers.

When writing an academic text:

  • You base your own work on what other authors have written and you must be very careful to distinguish your own contribution to the subject from other people’s work.
  • You make connections to other authors’ work through references in the text, which are listed at the end of your work in a reference list.
  • You always quote your sources in a correct manner.
  • It is never permitted to copy, fabricate or manipulate your data.

Help and support on reference management

If you want support, advice or tips on reference management, you should first check our subject guides and ask at your department whether they have any special instructions. Each subject guide contains a section on reference management. We also have a special guide on Reference Management which deals with the issue and with reference management software.

Reference Management - a guide on reference management software

Our subject guides 

You are welcome to get in touch with your contact librarian if you want to find out more about how to quote and reference in your writing. Please use the form below to book an appointment.

Book a librarian

Help and support for academic writing

If you need help and support with the practical writing process, you can turn to the Academic Support Centre at Lund University. They offer individual supervision and brief courses in study technique, academic writing and public speaking.

Academic Support Centre at Lund University


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