Winners of the Contest for Evernote Premium

Lots of people shared their interesting and unique systems for organizing research and writing data.  While many academics prefer to use paper-and-pen to organize their work, there are also many that are finding a hybrid digital and paper system to be a great way to keep everything where they want it.  You can see all … Continue reading Winners of the Contest for Evernote Premium

Win One Year of Evernote Premium

I have been using Evernote since the early days of my PhD (see how I get Kindle notes into Evernote for my teaching), so I was thrilled when they invited me to be their Higher Education Ambassador. Starting today I will get to do lots of cool stuff with them--a bit of traveling, a bit … Continue reading Win One Year of Evernote Premium

Effective Use of Secondary Sources

There are three main ways in which secondary source material can be integrated into an essay: summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting. Summarizing Summarizing means explaining the central argument of a secondary source in your own words.  It is generally the case that a summary cannot be attributed to a specific page number, so simply the date … Continue reading Effective Use of Secondary Sources

The Art and Science of Academic Writing

Academic writing is both an art form and a science.  Various conventions of style and argumentation have emerged because they tend to produce clear, effective pieces of writing. To a great extent, the conventions of grammar that we will be covering must be taken as rules that must be followed.  But conventions of structure, organization, … Continue reading The Art and Science of Academic Writing

Analytical Evidence

Textual Analysis, or 'close reading' You might be surprised to discover that the academic discipline of English literature, as we know it today, only came into existence around 1900.  Eager to make the study of English literature an academically rigorous undertaking, early twentieth-century literary critics sought to codify and professionalize their discipline, and developed a … Continue reading Analytical Evidence