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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 30, 2015

November 1 is two short days away from being here. November is #AcWriMoSince 2011 when Charlotte Frost (Founder and Director of PhD2Published) created #AcBoWriMo, November has been a month long marathon for academic writers to declare their writing goals, write and share progress updates along the way, plus connect and encourage other academics all over the world also striving to reach their writing goals. Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo for short), as it is now called, is the perfect excuse to start a blog or Twitter account to share your goals and progress, to encourage others, and to receive support and encouragement as you write. Learn more about AcWriMo below. Will you be participating? If so, let me know in the comments and be sure to include your blog and Twitter links!

Happy writing!

#AcWriMo 2015
November 1 is almost here which also means Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) is almost here! Find all the details about AcWriMo by clicking the link above. Once you’ve read-up on what it entails, log your goals here: AcWriMo 2015 Sign-Up Form.

Choosing a Book or Dissertation Topic
Looking for advice on choosing a book or dissertation topic? This is a must read. Then, for more tips from another point of view, read 10 Ways to tease out your perfect dissertation topic.

How evernote can help you with your literature review
This guest post by Alyssa Bernstein on the Thesis Whisperer blog, offers tips, complete with screenshots, for how to use Evernote. Did you know that you can snap a picture of a page within a text and Evernote will turn the image into a searchable document? How amazing is that?!

Tips for academics on blogging and social media
Mark Carrigan shares his insight on what are the most effective social media platforms and how academics can use them most effectively. The subheading for this article title says it best, “Scholars failing to engage with Twitter and other platforms are missing out on crucial resources”.

The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing
An interesting read on the complexity of academic writing. Deborah S. Bosley, a clear-writing consultant and former University of North Carolina English professor, suggests, “It’s easy to be complex, it’s harder to be simple.” Do you agree with Bosley?

How to Start a Writing Group
A writing group is an excellent support structure to hold you accountable to your writing and boost your publications. This article gives four detailed and easy-to-follow steps for how you can start your own writing group.

Lawmakers push bill aimed at soaring college textbook costs
This is your industry news piece of the week.

Article Throwback

Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better | February 27, 2015
Print isn’t going away any time soon and these nine studies are proof.