Are you writing an essay?

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Are you writing an essay/student thesis or are about to? Here are some tips on library resources that will help you in your writing.  

We have books on academic writing, research methods and how to conduct qualitative interviews. We can also offer support regarding citing, referencing and how to avoid plagiarism.

Books about research methods and academic writing

Use the library search service UniSearch to find books and articles. Here are some examples of library books on topics related to academic writing and research methods:

Research interview

Research methods

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Campus Norrköping Library. Photo: Thor Balkhed

Qualitative research

Quantititative research

Statistical methods

Academic writing

Quoting, referencing and plagiarism

It is very important to cite and refer properly when writing an essay or a student thesis. To know how you are allowed to use someone else’s images in your own work is necessesary to avoid violating copyright.

When writing your essay, use a reference management program, such as Zotero or EndNote, to help you organize your references and create bibliographies.

Citation technique and styles

More about academic writing and referencing at Liunet student (sign in with LiU-ID required)

Information searching

To find material for your thesis, such as previous research on your chosen topic, use the Library’s databases. Databases after subject area can be found in the database list:


Book an appointment

If you have problems finding relevant sources for your thesis, you are welcome to book an appointment with a librarian. You can also book an introduction to get started with Zotero or EndNote.

Book an appointment

Publish your thesis

When you have finished your thesis you probably want to publish it online. Learn more:

Publish your essay at LiU E-Press

Good luck with your writing and please contact us if you have any questions!

By: Peter Igelström, librarian, Valla Library

New student – welcome to the Library

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As a new student at LiU, you are welcome to the Library. Here are some basic facts about the Library and its services.

Borrowing books and making reservations

Your student LiU card functions as your library card. At the self-service stations, you can use your LiU card to borrow books and renew your loans. The loan period for books is normally three weeks, but if there is a reservation on the book when you borrow it, the loan period is reduced to one week. The maximum limit of library books that you can have on your account is 50.

When making reservations on books online, log in with your LiU-ID (xxxxx123). Do not use your complete email address when logging in to library services, only the first part with the first three letters in your first name, the two first letters in your last name and the three digit number (i. e. your LiU-ID).

When a book you have requested is available for pick-up, you will be notified via your student email. There is a dedicted shelf for reserved books close to the library enquiry desk.

Borrowing books and making reservations are free of charge.

Update your address info

An up-to-date address in Sweden is required to be able to borrow library books. If you are an international student, don’t forget to update your address info in the Student portal as soon as you have a place of residence in Sweden.

Textbook reference copies

The library has copies of the books on your required reading list, both as home loan copies and as reference copies. If possible, we also acquire course literature as e-books. A textbook reference copy is a day-loan item and is marked with a red label that says “REFKURS.”

More about course text books

The Library online

In the library search service UniSearch, you can search for books, scholarly articles, and many other types of publications. You can place reservations on books and access our collections of e-journals and e-books. Use the list of databases to find databases by subject.

To access library e-resources, you just need your student LiU-ID. Please note that you have to register for your course before your LiU-ID can be used to access library e-recources. Read more: Checklist for starting a course at LiU

At Liunet Student, you can find out more about how you can use the Library, about academic writing and referencing and searching and evaluating information.

Library web

UniSearch, Databases

More about the Library online

Liunet Student (log in with LiU-ID required)

Accessing the digital library from home – video

Special needs

Students with reading or writing difficulties due to dyslexia, impaired sight or mobility or other print impairment, may borrow course literature in alternative formats.

More about special needs

Social media channels

You can learn more about library services, library news and events on our blog and in social media:

Library blog

The Library on Instagram

The Library on Facebook

The Library on YouTube

Contact us

There are many ways to contact us: via email, phone and online chat.


Phone numbers

Campus Norrköping Library: 011-36 30 60

Medical Library: 013-28 19 91

Valla Library: 013-28 19 10

Online chat

Chat with us online via the Library Web Monday–Friday (during semester) 10 am–4 pm.