- 1 Ten Essential Resources to Turbo Charge Your Writing Output
- 2 Research
- 3 Productivity
- 4 Copyediting and Proofreading
- 5 Creating Your Own Website Portfolio or Blog
- 6 Hosting and Domain Registration
- 7 Useful Books on Research and Writing
- 8 Popular Web Sites for Scholars
Ten Essential Resources to Turbo Charge Your Writing Output
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We hoped that creating a resource page for all your academic writing and publishing needs would be helpful. We will continue to add to this resource page, and reference it from time to time in blog posts. Be sure to bookmark this page for your convenience!
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Need a jump start on conducting research or writing that first draft? Use Instant Article Wizard to create high quality articles on virtually any subject in less than 15 minutes. How it works: IAW will visit sources like Google Scholar, Google, Google News, Bing, Yahoo etc., run your search, scan the results, and bring those results back to you in summarized form, organized by common themes it detects. This can be a great way to get started on a literature review or immersing yourself in a new topic. Instead of tediously searching and manually copying and pasting each result into a document, manually searching for the main arguments in a body of research, let the computer do it for you. This allows you to focus on analysis and argument. Essential tool for high volume writing.
Sometimes it’s all about just getting it (writing) done. Here’s a question you may want to ask yourself regularly: What am I doing with my 24 hours? In other words, every day, how much writing do you have to show for burning through another 24 hours of your life? If the answer is, ‘next to nothing’, or ‘not nearly as much as I would like’, then I’m happy to tell you that you can change that right now, and The Action Machine provides you a simple system for doing it.
Bibliography and Citation Manager
We can’t live without the fabulous and free Zotero plugin for Firefox. No more complicated citation formats. Zotero instantly senses the type of source in your browser window and collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. Instantly add sources to your library (which can be custom organized) and export in standard citation formats like APA, MLA, Chicago and other formats in the humanities, law, life sciences, physical sciences, and more. Bibliographies can be exported directly or imported into your favorite citation manager. Add your own notes and descriptions. Moreover, you can add articles, PDFs, images, audio and video files, and snapshots of web pages. Combined with IAW, you will have the first draft of your next published article in no time.
Copyediting and Proofreading
Created by a writer and computational linguist, AutoCrit Editing Wizard provides an instant writing critique. With the click of a button it shows you all the problems in your manuscript. Instead of waiting days and weeks for feedback on your chapters or manuscripts, get instant reports on overused words and phrases, sentence variety, cliches, pacing, dialogue, pronouns, homonyms, and overall readability. AutoCrit is perfect for writing in the arts and humanities, but can also be used for general articles.
Submitting a piece of writing to a journal or publisher that hasn’t been proofread or copy edited can be the kiss of death. Grammarly will check grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice and style for six different types of writing: General, Business, Technical, Creative, Academic and Casual. A plagiarism is checker is also included, which will provide the suggested citation if any content is found to be copied from an existing source. You can absolutely improve your English writing skills with this wonderful resource. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Creating Your Own Website Portfolio or Blog
It can be very helpful to create your own website or portfolio for your research and teaching. This can be a great way for people to learn more about what you do, open up new publishing opportunities, or even supplement your tenure dossier or curriculum vitae. Here are our recommended resources for creating your own website or blog.
WordPress: This is the blog publishing platform most used around the world. Period. It’s free and totally customizable. Users chip in to provide support at wordpress.org. Our site uses WordPress. Other free blogging and wiki platforms include Blogger and Google Sites.
Wix: Wix is a free platform to create stunning flash-based websites. Tons of templates, animations and style. It’s easy to create a professional looking portfolio to showcase your work.
Hosting and Domain Registration
In order to launch your own website, if you are not doing it on your school’s platform and want to go it alone, you will need to register a unique domain name and find a company to host your website.
NameCheap.com: We use NameCheap and have found them to be a great domain registrar. Unlike other companies that try to nickel and dime you on additional features, each new domain comes with FREE URL, mail forwarding, privacy protection and much more.
Nearly all of our websites are hosted on Bluehost. It is easy to use, and features one-step WordPress installation. Bluehost also has excellent customer service. We TRULY RECOMMEND you to use Bluehost for your professional or portfolio site. NOTE: You can also register your domain at Bluehost.
In summary, here are all the products listed above, which we highly recommend:
- Instant Article Wizard
- The Action Machine
- NameCheap Domain Registration
- Bluehost website hosting
Useful Books on Research and Writing
Popular Web Sites for Scholars
Popular sites on the web that are especially relevant and useful for young scholars such as the following: