Research Links

Starting research

Don’t just use the basic search box or the first page of Google results.  Google offers a number of ways to access specific types of online sources useful for research.

Note-Taking Options and Organizing Your Research

    • Note Cards
    • Post-It Notes
    • Word Processor (with or without templates)
    • Microsoft OneNote
    • Excel/Access–For information in larger quantities that is consistent in its form (e.g., the census).
    • Zotero — CHNM’s free Internet research tool

Advice from History Majors

  • Start with the bibliographic info — Jessica
  • Keep track of location of all information and note useful quotes — Justin
  • Use hanging indents to separate information in early stages — Jessica
  • Begin to organize materials by argument early on — Jessica & Cheryl
  • Use a preliminary outline to help organize — Ellen
  • Use a table to keep track of themes or arguments — Amanda
  • Color Coding — Kari

Advice on Faculty Workload

Atlas, it's time for your bath

The ProfHacker audience (so far) seems to be made up of people who want to be better, more efficient, more effective in their academic careers. One of the biggest issues that we faculty (new and seasoned, adjunct and long tenured) face is the question of managing our workload. If we care about what we’re doing (and if you’re on this site you must), then we can take on too much. Overloading can affect our ability to teach effectively, to publish, to make academic and institutional deadlines, and to have a (gasp) extra-academic life. [One way to manage the stress that results is to read George's post on managing stress during the semester.]

Along to address the question of academic workload directly is a recent post from Tenured Radical, aka Claire Potter, a professor of History and American Studies at Wesleyan University. The post, entitled “Just Say No (But Not To Me):…

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