Archive for the 'research' Category

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 […]

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 […]

The Lady Doth Approve: A Review of The FWSA Biennial Conference, June 21st-23rd 2013

I recently attended and presented at the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association of Ireland and UK Biennial Conference. It took place in the University of Nottingham from the 21st to 23rd June 2013 under the theme, “The Lady Doth Protest: Mapping Feminist Movements, Moments, and Mobilisations.” The theme is well-suited to my research interests and […]

The Annotated Bibliography: A Researcher’s Pensieve

When I first read about Professor Dumbledore’s pensieve in the Harry Potter series I was brimming with jealousy. Who wouldn’t like to be able to free up some space in their mind every so often!? For those not in the know, a pensieve is a stone basin into which one can siphon off excess thoughts […]

The Kindle and Research: Referencing eBooks in the Digital Age

I recently acquired a Kindle Keyboard which has revolutionized the way I read. As any PhD student or researcher will know, we spend hours pouring over books and searching for copies of long lost volumes to use in our work. As the digital revolution unfolds, ebooks, ejournals and other online resources continue to impact the […]