Archive for the 'academia' Category

#BookHour: Reading the Literatures of the Americas in Public

I am really pleased and excited to be part of a recent initiative led by U.S. Studies Online called #bookhour. Basically it is a monthly discussion on Twitter about a pre-selected title, usually a new/recent release or an American Classic that has been re-released in a new edition. I was asked to join the #bookhour team […]

Building a Bibliographic Database Using Viewshare

I am currently a research assistant for a project titled “Scholarship of Teaching for Transitions: A Review of Teaching for Transitions-Related Teaching and Learning Research and Activity.”* This six month project is based in Ireland, and is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. It “aims to provide […]

Navigating Social Media as a Researcher

Here is the 2015 Social Media Map (thanks to Lucy Lyons for sending it to me): It is vast, varied and has something for everyone! But it can be overwhelming. It reminded me of a question I was asked in a recent class discussion about social media for researchers: What are the top 5 social media […]

Teaching: Digital Skills for Research Postgraduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences

I recently co-taught a module on Digital Skills for Research Postgraduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences (PG6011/DH6014) with my colleague Paul O’Shea in University College Cork. We designed and delivered this one day intensive workshop aimed at introducing research postgraduates (MA MPhil, PhD) to a range of digital tools and skills that they can use […]

Dark Circles Are Your Friends: Finishing a PhD Thesis

There are lots of posts out there offering useful hints and tips about finishing a PhD thesis. Having recently submitted my own, I decided to write about my experience of finishing. Rather than provide a “top 10 tips” type of article I’ll highlight a few of the major moments and experiences I had. Firstly, I […]

Storify and Scholarship: Education, Research and Dissemination

I was first introduced to Storify early in my doctoral studies as a tool for telling the story of a conference. To do this, the conference or event needs to have a strong online presence via live tweeting, blogging, etc. So, in the time since then I have used Storify solely in this manner. Recently, […]

Every Academic Book Should Have an Index!

Is there anything more annoying that getting that book that will almost certainly be an essential part of your Works Cited/Bibliography only to discover that there is no index!? We all know that we can not read every single book we cite from cover to cover. We don’t have the time, and quite frankly, we […]

Exciting Developments: Academic Writing, Poetry & Lorna Dee Cervantes!

It has been several weeks since I last posted here and a lot has happened in that time revolving around academic writing and poetry. First, November was Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo). I managed to reach just under 7,000 words, less than last year, but not to shabby nonetheless. Of course, #AcWriMo is so much more […]

Three Halloween Costumes Inspired by American Short Stories

In the spirit of Halloween I have come up with three simple costumes inspired by 19th century American short stories. Whether you are a somewhat troubled trickster or a passive treater there’s something for everyone. For the more passive trick or treater….. Rip Van Winkle! Yes, this guy is really easy. He comes from a […]

Academic Writing Month 2013: My Goals

@americasstudies I’m sure you’ve seen the flurry of post after the official announcement: yes, #acwrimo 2013 is alive and kicking (1/2). — Melanie Boeckmann (@m_boeckmann) October 10, 2013 Academic Writing Month is on our doorsteps once again. After some success with it last year – all 9247 words of it – I am definitely taking […]