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Faculty and Staff Research and Publishing Guide: Scholarly Writing

Writing tips for academic publication

The Academic Writing Process

Once the data have been gathered and analyzed, it is time to begin writing your article draft. A good overview of the entire process, including getting past procrastination and writer's block, may be found at How to write your first research paper.

"Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham


Introduction/Literature Review



The results and discussion sections of a paper are sometimes combined and sometimes strictly separated. Results are the data you found. The discussion section is what the data mean. 


Acknowledgements are more than just good manners. They may be required by your funder if you used a grant to finance your research. Then again, they can also be sincere expressions of thanks to the people (or beverages) that got you through your paper. The author of this research guide gratefully acknowledges Jorge Cham for allowing the use of his comic strips.


"Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham



Citation managers give you a place to store and organize your reference articles. Many of them also assist with creating citations. Two popular free citation managers are Mendeley and Zotero. Before you commit to a particular citation style, investigate the specifications for the journals you plan to submit to. Sometimes journals have very detailed citation and paper style requirements. 


Library Books on Writing

Want a book instead? Check one out! All of the books below are available in the TCC Libraries.