The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: November 17, 2017

"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." ~Louis L'AmourAs we reach the halfway point of Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) 2017, the posts this week reflect an increased awareness of the disruptive nature of Open Access in academic publishing, ways to increase diversity in scholarly writing, tips for productive reading and distraction resistance while writing, ways to beat your fear of writing, tools for academic writers, improving your use of comparisons, strategies for quickly tackling a writing project, and how to market your academic journal articles. Whatever you are working on this week, remember the words of Louis L’Amour and “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: November 10, 2017

"The secret to good writing is to use small words for big ideas, not to use big words for small ideas." ~Oliver MarkusThis week, November 6-11, 2017, was not only the first full week of Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) 2017, but it also marked the sixth annual #UPWeek event in celebration of University Press Week. Throughout the week, there were a lot of great resources being shared throughout the academic community, no doubt inspired by these events. Our collection this week has something for everyone beginning with some humor illustrating the life of a grad student and tips about academic writing; exploring the scholarly process involving university presses, scholars, and reviewers; taking new perspectives on the publishing process, idea development, and resulting impact; increasing accessibility of scholarly resources; and sharing ideas with a broader audience. As stated by Oliver Markus, “The secret to good writing is to use small words for big ideas, not to use big words for small ideas.” Now go, write, and share your big ideas! [Read more…]

Tech Tip: Managing academic reference sources in Microsoft Word

Students in libraryAlthough a number of software tools are now available for managing citations and references for research papers and journal articles, I have found that using the tools built into the latest versions of Microsoft Word provide a single tool for document creation and reference source management. The reference features of Word support a variety of manuscript styles, allow for quick and accurate citations, automate the development of bibliography or works cited pages, and support the reuse of sources across multiple documents with ease.

In this article, I will discuss the basic steps for implementing the tools to manage your academic reference sources in Microsoft Word. [Read more…]

TweetChat Recap: #AcWriChat 11/3 – Get Organized

AcWriMoOn November 3rd, TAA co-hosted its first TweetChat event with SAGE Methodspace as part of Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo). The focus on this event was getting organized with your academic writing projects. Six questions were presented during the hour-long event on type of project, inspiration, organization steps, audience influence, desired impact, and next steps. The full conversation is available in the Storify record below. Mark your calendar and join the discussion this Friday, November 17th at 11am ET as we discuss writing productivity. Simply log in to your Twitter account and search for #AcWriChat. As questions are posted, tag your responses with the #AcWriChat hashtag. See you there! [Read more…]

AcWriMo is here!

Male and female hands making notes or writing working planThe month of November is Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo). Throughout the month, TAA will be sharing resources and information to support your academic writing efforts. Look for information shared by TAA on social media with #AcWriMo all month long and join the conversation. [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 27, 2017

"The most difficult thing about writing; is writing the first line." ~Amit KalantriThis week, October 23-29, 2017, marked the tenth annual Open Access Week. The articles collected this week include information on open education, Open Access textbook publishing, starting an Open Access journal, requirements for a sustainable knowledge commons, the editor’s role in a changing publishing industry, and equity and inclusion in scholarly publishing. As this month comes to a close, we are also preparing for Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) starting next week. Be sure to check out the last link with information about AcWriMo events co-hosted by TAA next month. According to Amit Kalantri, “The most difficult thing about writing; is writing the first line.” This week, start something. Write that first line. [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: December 4, 2015

"Writer's block is for people who have the luxury of time." - Jodi PicoultDecember is here! As much as I’m not a winter person, I do love the month of December—Christmas lights, cookies, family, and eggnog are just a few of the joys of this time of year. The start of December means the end of November and #AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month). Did you reach all of the goals you set out to reach during November? With the holidays and the end of the semester in full swing, your writing may take a bit of a back burner. However, if you prioritize and make the time to still write, your writing won’t have to simmer on that back burner for long. And, as the wise Jodi Picoult said—in regards to writer’s block not the holidays, but the same principle applies—“Writer’s block is for people who have the luxury of time.”

Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: November 20, 2015

November is rapidly coming to a close. How are you The only real advice you can give anyone is to keep writing. David Sedarisprogressing with your #AcWriMo goals? Are you finding work-life balance? Are you in a writing slump? In this week’s post you’ll find advice for tackling those challenges and more. However, I’d like for you to also consider this: does “the answer” have to be a complicated, over-the-top formula? Or, could it be really quite simple? As simple as David Sedaris suggests, “The only real advice you can give anyone is to keep writing.” I don’t know about you, but I like simple. So for now my mantra is: When in doubt, write it out.

Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: November 6, 2015

"It doesn't matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again." -Charles Kettering“It doesn’t matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.” –Charles F. Kettering

Just because your manuscript was rejected, doesn’t mean you should give up on the idea of being published. In fact, many studies have shown that articles that have been rejected are still published. One statistic claims that 72 percent of articles rejected by the American Journal of Public Health were subsequently published in other journals. Several other studies indicate that 20 percent of published articles were first rejected. So don’t give up! You only fail if you stop trying. Happy writing! [Read more…]

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! [Read more…]