As is the case with many tasks asked of you at the graduate level, the writing process can sometimes feel a bit…nebulous.
What to do during those dark times when you need guidance (or those light times when you feel motivated and ready to learn)?
The Fielding library has subscription access to a number of resources which can aid you in the scholarly writing process.
In fact, we just recently created a ‘Writing Resources Guide’ which highlights many of these resources and makes them find-able by subject (i.e. Dissertation writing; business writing; psychology; proposals/funding, and more!). You can cruise right on over to the ‘Quick Tip Docs‘ page of this blog to download a copy–available in either Word or PDF formats. Once you’re on the page just scroll down to the bottom of the ‘quick reference guides’ section to find the links.
If that’s not enough to tickle your fancy, you’ll find several appendices at the end of the guide with refreshers on how to navigate and locate this content in our collection!
Let’s look at a sampling of some of the titles to give you a better sense of what’s available.
First up, Finish Your Dissertation, Don’t Let It Finish You by Joanne Sumerson
As explained by the publisher, this work “presents comprehensive coverage of the entire dissertation process, from selecting a committee and choosing a research topic to conducting the research and writing and defending your dissertation.”
Another great option, Publishing Journal Articles by Lucinda Becker and Pam Denicolo
This work is advertised as an “accessible, informative and entertaining book [that] provides practical strategies to help maximize the chances of success in getting your work published in the journal of your choice.”
One more to consider, Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword
Harvard University Press describes this work as follows: “Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read—and to write.”
Be sure to check out these works as well as the many other books and book chapters noted in the writing resources guide!