4th Annual Second-Book Writers' Workshop - ONLINE EDITION

Robyn Davis Blog Post

4th Annual SHEAR Second-Book Writers’ Workshop – ONLINE EDITION

SHEAR is pleased to announce the fourth annual SHEAR Second-Book Writers’ Workshop and invites applications for our first ever VIRTUAL session July 16, 2020.  

The journey from first to second book can be a difficult one. From choosing a topic for a second book to finding the time and support to research and write, the structure that guides the writing of the dissertation and first book disappears. Many of us struggle with this transition. We wonder if it makes sense to continue a research trajectory clearly laid out in our first

Reading More about Writing

Carlotta Falzone Robinson Blog Post

Last summer, Kerrie Holloway wrote a very useful Resource Blog for H-GRAD,  “Reading about Writing.”  Since a few of my favorite books were absent, my blog offers several additions to her suggested reading list. Writing a dissertation is a long process, and along the way it can be useful to stop and review some of the advice that’s out there on effective work habits, efficient writing/reading/researching and navigating personal obstacles. There are hundreds of “help” guides for writing your dissertation, but the books I’ve selected for this list are ones I feel are most helpful for the “in

“This is a book for finding your way” (4).

By Kara Hisatake, Sarah Papazoglakis, Katie Trostel, and Tsering Wangmo


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In the spring of 2015, several graduate students in the Literature Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz got together to address the topic of academic writing. Each of us wanted a space in which to improve our writing at the level of style and structure, but many of us felt that our institution and department lacked the resources with which to address the technical side of academic writing. While we had composed many end-of-the-quarter papers before advancing to

Academic Content

H-Net Vice President of Networks Caroline Waldron (Term Jan '22-Dec '24) Blog Post

A few days ago H-Net Council approved a new description of the H-Net Editor role. This new description had been drafted and mulled over by the Editorial Affairs Committee who approved it on June 23. Council approved it August 1. H-Net President Hollingsworth has directed staff to replace the old description where it appears on H-Net. For now, I’d like to share it here.

Network Editors manage, edit, and support H-Net networks. They are stewards of H-Net's most valuable assets and responsible for developing content on their networks. They are entrusted with procuring relevant, timely

Maintaining a Source Database - Part II: Best Practices

Douglas Priest Blog Post

In Part I, we started to dive a little deeper on the choosing software for creating and maintaining a source database.  After deciding on your software, it can be somewhat intimidiating to actually organize all those readings you have done and will do.  First I will share some basic practices I have come to use, and then turn to discussing categories and tags as they pertain to your database.

1. Make sure to include the full bibliographic citation – This seems obvious but with many sources distributed or accessed digitally it can be easy to include only the name of, say, a chapter and author in

Grad School is, among other things, a monumental challenge of organization. The previous three posts in the Insider Information blog gave tips for getting the most out your time spent reading.  But what do we do with all that information and how can we easily recall it when we actually need it? Even the best memory will often forget an important argument or source.

Between classes, studying for comprehensive exams and research, being able to organize the staggering amount of information you have taken in and accumulated plays an important role in your ultimate success. Building upon the earlier