Suggested writing books
Swales and Feak (2004) Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills
Murray (2002) How to Write a Thesis (see also this précis)
Lovitts (2007) Making the Implicit Explicit: Creating Performance Expectations for the Dissertation.
Bolker (1998) Writing your Dissertation in 15 minutes a day: A Guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis
Kamler and Thomson (2006) Helping Doctoral Students Write: Pedagogies for Supervision
Mewburn (2012) How to Tame your PhD (see also her blog)
Belcher (2009) Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success
Hargis et al. (2004) Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors. (especially good for IT / Engineers, but I learned a lot from it.)
Turabian (2007) A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations
Cameron (1998) The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life
Machi and McEvoy (2009) The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success
Research on Research Higher Degrees
Holbrook, A., Bourke, S., Fairbairn, H. & Lovat, T. (2007). ‘Examiner comment on the literature review in PhD theses’. Studies in Higher Education, 32(3), 337-356.
Mullins, G. & Kiley, M. (2002). ‘It’s a PhD, not a Nobel Prize’: how experienced examiners assess research theses. Studies in Higher Education, 27(4), 369-386.
OED via your university library online (University of Melbourne Link)
Roget’s Thesaurus (online)
Hornby, Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (for ESL)
Paltridge and Starfield (2007) Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: a Handbook for Supervisors
Strunk and White (1973) The Elements of Style
Williams and Colomb (2010) Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace
de Bono (1998) Simplicity