Are you writing an essay?

**This blog post is also available in Swedish**

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

Plagiarism and Copyright


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

How to create correct links for students´ reading lists

**This blog post is also available in Swedish**

If you are a teacher and use electronic resources as required reading for your students, you might have come across that students have problems accessing articles and e-books even if you gave them a link. Here are some good things to know if you want to provide links in your reading lists.

If you want to provide your students with proper links to material such as e-books, articles etc (accessible for students and employees via LiU-ID) you need to add some information (a proxy link) to the regular link. When trying to access the material, students come to a page where they can log in with their LiU-ID to confirm that they have access to the material.

Nota bene! Students that are on campus and use the Eduroam network won´t have to log in to e-resources to access them.

How to create a proper link to an article, e-book or a database

Add the proxy link ( before the regular link. See the following examples:





Elastic conducting polymer composites in thermoelectric modules:



What We Think about When We Try Not to Think about Global Warming:

Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action:


Open access articles? Please note that you should not use the proxy link if the article is open access.

Don´t forget to try the link to see that it works!

Advise your students to always search for articles and e-books in the library search service UniSearch, since it will provide with the correct link.

If you have questions please contact us at or chat with us!

Read more about off-campus access to e-resources at the webpage Library online.



Written by Maria Svenningsson, librarian, Valla library

Picture: Pixabay

Welcome to the library – good things to know at the start of the new semester!

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A new semester is about to begin and Linköping University Library is happy to welcome both new and returning students!

At the start of the new semester, Linköping University Library is partially returning to normal operations, for example regarding loan period for textbook reference copies (day loan items) and overdue fees. Since the corona pandemic is not over yet, it is still very important to follow the restrictions in force:

Recommendations in force at LiU

Course reference copies

From August 23, the temporary measure of extended loan period for textbook reference copies (day loan items) will end. This means that you will have to return the book the same day you borrow it, instead of keeping it for up to three days.

Overdue fines

During the corona pandemic the library did not charge overdue books. From September 13 we go back to regular routines regarding overdue fees. You can always check the due date of your books at My Loans. Please note that older, existing fine charges are still in force and that special rules apply to interlibrary loans.

Opening hours

Please check the web for our current opening hours at our campus libraries.

Contact us

If you have any questions, you are welcome to e-mail us at, chat with us (weekdays 10 am – 4 pm) or make a phone call.

Campus Norrköping Library

011-36 30 60

Medical Library

013-28 19 91

Valla Library

013-28 19 10





We´re also on social media!

Twitter: @LiU_Bibliotek

Instagram: linkoping_univbibliotek

Facebook: @linkoping_univbibliotek

New student?

If you are a new student at LiU, here is a short introduction to the Library and its services.

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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 a library card. At the self-service borrowing machines, 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 (xxxxx-123). Borrowing books and making reservations are free of charge.

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 for short-term loan is marked with a red label that says “REFKURS”.

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, e-books and databases.

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

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

Library website

More about the Library online

Library blog

The Library on Instagram

The Library on Facebook

The Library on Twitter

Welcome to the Library

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 Mondays–Fridays 10 am–4 pm.

The Library and Covid-19

As a consequence of the national and local restrictions that are in force to prevent the spread of infection, Linköping University and the Library have introduced several measures. As the Covid-19 situation might change, new measures might be introduced. Keep yourself up to date:

Coronavirus – measures taken by Linköping University

Summer hours at the Library 2021

Summer’s on its way!

Below you find the opening hours for our libraries this summer.
This message in Swedish.

Valla Library  Floor 1 and 3
June 14 – August 15
Open: Monday – Friday: 12-16
The library is closed on Midsummer’s Eve (June 25)

Phone and e-mail: Monday – Friday, 9-16
Phone: 013-28 19 10

Campus Norrköping Library
June 14 – August 22
Open: Monday to Friday 12-16
The library is closed on Midsummer’s Eve (June 25) and weeks 29-31  ( July 26 to August 8)

Phone and e-mail: Monday – Friday, 9-16
No telephone service weeks 29-31 ( July 26 to August 8)

Phone: 011-36 30 60

Medical Library
June 14 – August 29
Open: Monday – Friday, 10-14
The library is closed on Midsummer’s Eve (June 25) and 2 August to 8 August.

Phone and e-mail: Monday – Friday, 9-15
No telephone service 2 August to 8 August.

Phone: 013-28 19 91

The library live-chat & Zoomchat are CLOSED: June 14 –  August 22
E-mail is open all summer.

Summer loans!
Books borrowed between 31 May and 20 July have a return date of 10 August, unless the book has a reservation. For books with a reservation, as usual, a 7-day loan period applies.

We wish you a wonderful, sunny summer! See you!

Linköping University Library in social media
Twitter: @LiU_Bibliotek, Instagram: @linkoping_univbibliotek, Facebook: Linköpings universitetsbibliotek

Foto: Gabriella Nilsson, LiU