Some help to write your academic texts

If you want inspiration when you’re writing an academic text, you could use a Phrasebank for inspiration.

The University of Manchester has an Academic Phrasebank openly available on their webpage. The Phrasebank gives you tips on how to write academic texts, and examples of good phrases to use when you’re for example writing your Conclusion. The following suggestions are given for when you want to summarize your main research findings:

  • This study has identified …
  • This study has shown that …
  • The research has also shown that …
  • The second major finding was that …
  • These experiments confirmed that …
  • X made no significant difference to …
  • This study has found that generally …
  • The investigation of X has shown that …
  • The results of this investigation show that …
  • X, Y and Z emerged as reliable predictors of …
  • Multiple regression analysis revealed that the …
  • The most obvious finding to emerge from this study is that …
  • The relevance of X is clearly supported by the current findings.
  • One of the more significant findings to emerge from this study is that …

It is of course important to keep in mind that you can’t just pick any phrase from the examples and use it, the phrase has to match your text as well. The main objective when your writing your academic text is to get a consistent and well written text, and in order to get there you have to know what you are writing about. But the Phrasebank is a good help, it can give you inspiration when you’re stuck and don’t know how to continue.

You’ll find the Academic Phrasebank here.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Photo: Mostphotos

Hi Klaz Arvidson!

In a series of portraits we are going to introduce the staff at the Library to all our readers and customers – who are the people working at the library? And what are they doing there? Read our portraits and get to know your librarians! We asked Lena a few questions.

What are your main duties?
I’m part of the unit Digital Services that works with library systems and research support. I work mainly with Primo, support systems and parts of the library’s website. I’m in team Communication and team Alma and Primo. In addition, I work at the information point where I answer questions and support students, staff and other users in their library usage.

For how long have you worked here?
Oh, it’s been quite long! For further reflection, I’m in my 18th year at the library. My first task when I started here was to take a new grip on the library’s web. Over the years my tasks have changed slightly, but I’ve always been involved in working with web and systems and contacts with library users.

What do you enjoy most about the job?
The funniest thing about the job is two things I think – problem solving and the contacts with our students and staff. At the information point you can be prepared for many different kinds of questions and it is exciting and rewarding. Over the past year, we have implemented two new library systems, Alma and Primo, which has been stimulating and challenging.

What do you do when you’re not at work?
Outside the job, I spend a lot of time with my family. We have an old house that requires some maintenance which takes a lot of my time. Otherwise, I like to photograph, move in nature and kayak. Longing for the year’s first kayaking trip, it will be a sunny day in April when the ice is released!

Do you have any book tips you want to share?
I read a bit in periods, some time ago I read the books Gentlemen and Gangsters by Klas Östergren. Particularly Gentlemen, I can recommend it’s a writer’s meeting with two strange brothers. Their lives are presented and  many interesting developments are described in detail. Another book I recommend is Norrland by Po Tidholm. It consists of a number of essays and reports about the geographical part of Sweden, which is a bit sloppy called Norrland.

Text: Klaz Arvidson & Lena Holmberg
Photo: Lena Holmberg

Get to know Scopus

Scopus is a citation database from Elsevier that indexes articles from over 22 000 scientific journals and contains more than 69 million records. Across all research fields:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Social sciences
  • Arts and humanities
  • Health and medicine

Scopus content also patents, books and conference proceedings.

How can I use Scopus?

As usual, you access specific databases from the Library webbsite for databases at There are introductory films that will help you get started using the various features quickly:

The focus is on scientific publications such as journal articles and conference paper. A specialty is the ability to follow how the publications are used through citations and reference lists. In the database you also have the opportunity to compare how different journals rank against each other.

The occurrence of nouns varies greatly. The database does not have its own subject list / thesaurus, but reports topics from the different databases from which the items originate. An article may have nouns from different databases.

Scopus also has very good features if you want to analyze its search results. It’s also great to search only in the references when searching. Then you put it in search, so you can search for those who have referred to a certain book that are not in the database but can still be found in the references.

The database has a search history, which is good because you can then combine your searches in different ways without rewriting the search terms. The search history is saved from the login time. You can of course log in to the database and save searches, hits lists, etc.

Text: Lena Wadell

Click your way to more information about the book you want to borrow

Are you looking for a book in Primo to find out if it’s available to borrow at the library, then it’s worth clicking a few times past the results list, then you can clearly see if the book is available or not.

Let’s take an example and search for the book Business research methods.

In the result list we get the following information:This means that there are one item of the book available among the course books at floor 1 (the course books you can’t bring outside the library). But it also says that there are items available at other locations. We get more information about these items if we click either the title of the book or the information about location.

Here is again information that the book is available among the course books that are not available for lending (Floor 1 Course Books Reference), but there’s also information that there are two copies of the book at floor 3 in the library. We can also see that none of them are available. But you can click this post as well.

We’ll click the link to the copies located at floor 3 and get information about each copy of the book. One of them are waiting to be picked up since it’s been requested by someone, and the other one is actually overdue – so it should be back any day.

So the more you click – the more information you get.

Text & picture: Katharina Nordling

UX in the Library

Understanding and improving- The purpose of UX

The library have finally started working with UX. What does that mean you might
wonder? well UX stands for User Experience and is a collection of different methods and techniques based on trying to understand the users and discovering various obstacles that they encounter when they are in the library and make sure to improve their experience.

Some examples of different UX methods are:

User journey map, which consists of a map that describes the user’s journey from start to finish and where you can see what obstacles the user encounters and how to remove them.

Love/Breakup Letter is another example where you ask the user to write a letter to the Library and declare their love and what they like most about the Library. Or maybe the user wants to break up with the library and writes down why and how come it is not working.

Touchstone-Tours means asking the user to show how they use the library. You follow the user for an hour or two. That way you can get a better understanding of the user’s needs.

Wall of reflections/graffiti WALL- you set a withboard in the Library entrance where users can write down their thoughts, ideas and questions to the library. Like a wish Box. At the end of the day you take a photo of the board, write down the questions that have come up on the board and answers that the user has received from the library and hang it in a folder next to the board. Then you can erase the board and restart again the next day.

Guerilla testing– you goe out among people and asks quick questions. A simple method to perform where you can quickly get an overview of what the user needs/wants.

As I mentioned at the beginning, we at the library have started working according to the UX model and some methods that we have used are:

Writing diary-During a period of time we kept a diary when we worked in the information point. In this way we could see what kind of questions we got, how often we said NO and how often we we made exceptions. This method hans helped us to understand what exceptions our users has of our service.

Quality walks-means that you “put on someone else’s glasses” and pretend to be that person from a given question. For example, if I have a severe loss of vision, can I still use the library’s website? And so on.

Guerilla-testing– for not so long ago, we couldn´t decide on how a certain information should be written in Primo in order for the user to understand what we mean. so we went directly to the students and ask them. We had four different proposals and it was one of those who won superior.

So if you see us walk around in the library and ask questions, you know what we are doing and what method we are using.

Here you can read more about UX in the Library

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Mostphotos

The book donation by Larsh Eriksson in place

Last year, the library received a donation of a large collection of books in areas such as textiles, fashion and management. The gift came from Larsh Eriksson, teacher of design management at The Swedish School of Textiles for many years. Larsh had a special interest in collecting books on the subject and wanted to donate his collection to the library. After a review at the home of Larsh, about 50 moving boxes came with books to the library and were unpacked in the following year.

Everything has been reviewed and most of the books have been cataloged and moved into the library collections. The last books where placed on shelves by the end of 2017.

The books are now available for lending and may be of great interest for students at The Swedish School of Textiles, but also for other persons. There are many beautiful books in art, fashion, design, decor that can attract everyone. All books are now part of the library’s collection and are searchable in Primo. If you want to know more, please contact Martin Borg here at the library, or else – welcome here to borrow! 

Read more about Larsh Eriksson and the book collection at the university website and in Borås Tidning.

Text & image: Lena Holmberg

Comfort Rules

Since the library is a workplace for many students and for us to have a pleasant
working environmentwe have some comfort rules that we hope everyone will follow.

When it comes to level of noises and if you get to talk in the Library or not, it is perfectly OK to talk and have discussions in the lounge, since we are not a silent library, but you should have a low noise level. If you want a little more heated discussions, we have group rooms that you can book and for those who want absolute silence when they study, we have quiet study room where you are not allowed to talk at all.

Although it is allowed to talk on cellphones in most places around the library, it is cellphone free zone in the area around the information point. It is good to think about the sound level when you talk on the phone when it is easy to talk loudly without you know it yourself.

When it comes to food and drink, you get to eat fruit, sweets and some sandwiches in the library. You should not eat messy sandwiches like tuna sandwiches or hot food but cheese and ham sandwiches is ok.

Taking a break from studying and going away to eat can be a good way to clear your thoughts, regain focus and get new energy. There is a lunch lounge just outside the library with microwave ovens, two fridges and a coffee machine. All students have access to the lounge.

You can have drinks with a lid on the library. You are not allowed to take in soft drinks or energy drinks into the library when it can be really messy if you would accidentally pour out a bit.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Mostphotos