The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: September 25, 2015

"A place for everything, everything in its place." -Benjamin FranklinMost often in this series the posts I find from week to week are on many different topics. This week, however, there are two overriding themes “referencing” and “organizing,” with just a sprinkling of other topics to enjoy.

As always, happy writing!

“Recite” – an automated reference checking and correcting system
Ian Hussey, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology working at Gent University, Belgium, shares information on a reference manager tool, Recite, that he suggests adding to your writing toolkit.

“Referencing in Scholarly Articles: What Is Just Right?”
This piece explores how authors can ensure that their references are successful. Along with a checklist authors, reviewers, and readers can use for references, topics covered include: “References as Indicators of the Scope of Scholarly Knowledge”, “How Many References? What Are the Reviewers Looking For?”, What Sources Should Be Included in the References?”, and “Other Issues With Regard to References”. (Note: This link will download a PDF of the article.)

researcher organise thyself
Tips and strategies for keeping all of your papers and all other academic happenings organized for easy reference later.

Organizing PDFs of journal articles, book and book chapters
More tips on organizing; these tips come from Raul Pacheco-Vega, who shares how he organized (including detailed screenshots) 574 PDF files in under an hour. How do you organize your files? Do you use a similar system?

#tacitphd: On Letting it Go (when it’s not perfect)
Jana Smith Elford shares her thoughts on letting go of your writing before it’s perfect. You may also find this Storify of the #tacitphd discussion that took place on Twitter regarding academic work/life balance, exams, and thesis proposals to be insightful as well.

What your supervisor means when they give advice on your draft
For sound advice on handling feedback and strategies for how to make the most out of the feedback you receive, read this piece by Katherine Firth. Before you struggle with how to write the next draft after receiving feedback, read this!

Article Throwback

Twenty Top Tips for Academic Writing | May 28, 2013
Excellent tips for academic writing are given in this article. Read, then write! 😊