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Media and Communication Studies

What is academic and what is not?

There are many different traditions for how research is communicated. In the humanities, we often publish in both books and journals. Here are some examples of the types of publications used to transmit research: 

  • Academic journal article
  • Dissertation/thesis
  • Report
  • Conference papers
  • Book or book chapter
  • Newspaper/journal articles 

It is important that you can evaluate what type of material you have found in order to be able to evaluate the content. In the academic context we most often use and refer to academic articles. The essential characteristic of academic articles is that it is scholarly reviewed. In this case the article is subject to the process of “peer-review” where fellow experts in the field evaluate and asses the research conducted before an article can be approved for publication.

What is an academic or scholarly article?

Academic Writing

  • Writing an Academic Essay
    Here you will find film lectures that explains the fundamentals of writing an English academic essay.
    Produced by Luke Bailey, lecturer in English, Karlstad University
  • Master you Academic Writing
    Here you will find links to resources which will help you master your academic writing.
    Produced by Luke Bailey, lecturer in English, Karlstad University
  • Copyright issues (text, images etc)
    On the library webpage you can read more about copyright issues regarding your paper, images and much more.
  • Publish your student paper in Diva
    Once your thesis is approved by the examiner it must be registered in the university's publication database DiVA.


In order to avoid plagiarism it is important that you always include all the sources you use, by quoting and referencing correctly.

Avoiding Plagiarism (Film 16:09)
A film that will help you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
Luke Bailey, lecturer in English, Karlstad University

English language support

English Language Support
The English language support is open to all students at Karlstad University. Tutors helps you improve your English language skills and make you more confident about using English for academic purposes.


When writing your paper there are several practical things you need to master: for instance the ability to reference sources according to the system used in your subject area.

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