Academic Writing: Guide to Counselors!

The flood of literature on academic writing can no longer be overseen, let alone mastered, by professionals. There is hardly a scientific publishing house that does not come up with its own publication on the topic.

All these publications are very similar: they describe the research, the literature search and evaluation as well as the scientific citation, the use of databases and compound systems as well as the handling of annotations and bibliography.

However, all of these publications differ in some respects: some are for students, some for graduate students, some already consider a particular subject, others focus on motivation, working with specific software or scheduling.

What should a good advisor do for academic writing?

Ideally, this is not just a collection of tips and clues, but a book whose author not only has great writing experience, but who is also enthusiastic about science and can transmit that enthusiasm to the reader. For the writing of a scientific work is first of all the entry of new territory, the gathering of new impressions and experiences.

All the more regrettable, if research and writing then, for lack of enthusiasm, to an endless ordeal of bored library visits, the quick flying over the perceived as drunk lyrics and the listless writing of their own work.

Because a scientific occupation is – and can – so much more than that: It can inspire the desire to discover, it can make you curious about more, it can penetrate into border areas, it can promote the fun of analytical-detective thinking, it can help to better understand the world and to categorize current events.

A book that can be unreservedly recommended even by science-driven ghostwriters comes from the late Italian semi-poet Umberto Eco, who died in 2016 and many of whom are known as the author of “The Name of the Rose”