Harvard University’s Writing Center has some useful resources for writers working on academic papers. Their “Brief Guides to Writing Papers in the Disciplines” covers the fields of history, philosophy, English, and psychology. These guides discuss some common types of papers and writing conventions according to each discipline. In addition to an extensive guide to using sources, their “Strategies for Essay Writing” (scroll down, see right-hand column) span “How to Read an Assignment” to “Revising a Draft” and every step in-between. Of course, every writer has his or her own method to composition, but this “roadmap” may provide some structure for those of us who crave it.
Common Folk October 27, 2010
During class the other night (English 431, Invention of the Novel), Professor John Shanahan pointed out a great online resource for writers who are interested in conducting original, historiographic research. Old Bailey Online is a searchable index of 197,745 criminal trials conducted at London’s central criminal court from 1674 to 1913. (more…)
Working on your E-Portfolio? October 26, 2010
Tutors from UCWbL are staffing a “Digication Lab” Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:20 pm to 6:00 pm, in McGaw Hall (room 202) this autumn quarter. Drop in if you need help navigating the site as you create your e-portfolio. Also, check out a few featured e-portfolios, courtesy of Digication.
The Ethicist on Giving Students Help on Writing… October 24, 2010
In today’s (October 24, 2010) New York Times Magazine, Randy Cohen fields a question from a librarian (scroll down to the second entry) at a community college about the ethics of pointing out students grammar or spelling errors when she/he (the writer’s name is withheld) is fielding more technical questions about how to use computer workstations. (more…)
Rap Metrics. Wow. October 23, 2010
I just discovered a fellow WordPress blog called RapMETRICS. It’s an amazing site.
The site’s sole credited writer, rapmetrics, who I’m fairly sure is Liban Ali Yusuf, aka RapGenius (FaceBook here) posts detailed statistical analyses of hip-hop lyrics–end rhymes, internal rhymes, rhyme density, meter, “simple” word usage vs. “novel” word usage, syllables, and so on. (more…)
Join the Celebration: Today is the National Day on Writing! October 20, 2010
Check out Ex Libris, DePaul’s Graduate English Blog October 13, 2010
Molly Tranberg (MAWP ’11) has done a fabulous job transitioning DePaul’s Graduate English newsletter into a new blog. Of course there’s information regarding DePaul’s M.A. programs in English, but you’ll also find calls for papers, student reflections, internship opportunities, and even job announcements. There is plenty of information relevant to undergraduate students as well as graduate students, faculty and staff. Check it out!