English writing and style guides

Ruishen Zhang
May 09, 2017

I realized that I’d like to invest some time into improving my English writing style. Can you recommend any useful style guides?   

Christoph J. Sextroh
May 09, 2017

Well, if you want a comprehensive book about academic writing, including guidance on how to form an argument, how to cite, and how to approach a research project in general, I recommend the following book by Kate Turabiann (a classic):

  • Turabian, K. L. (2013): A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th Edition, University of Chicago Press.

The newer editions also include a section titled ‘Research and Writing: From Planning to Production’, which provides a step-by-step process for conducting research. I found this quite useful, especially if you are new to academic writing. If you are more interested in writing style etc., you might find the following essays/books useful (again, both are classics, but also not without criticism):

  • McCloskey, D. N. (1999): Economical Writing, 2nd Edition, Waveland Press.
  • Strunk Jr., W. / White, E. B. (1999): The Elements of Style, 4th Edition, Longman.