#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thesis in a Tweet

Recently I partook in a challenge to condense my thesis topic into a 140 character (or less) tweet. I decided to rework the opening lines of Romeo and Juliet as a nod to my literature studies background. This also helped to produce a succinct description that emulates the poetic core of my project. 2 Chicana poets, both alike in feminist dignity In unfair U.S. […]

Am I Making You Sick? Why I Love Academic Blogging

I recently read an article by Inger Mewburn (The Thesis Whisperer) called “‘You make me want to throw up’: why do some academics hate blogging?” As I read down through Mewburn’s experiences of resistance to blogging among academics I felt incredibly familiar with most of them: the accusation that blogging is not scholarly, the comments […]

A St Patrick’s Day Tweet

As an Irish researcher of Chicana poetry I was delighted by this tweet in response to St Patrick’s Day today: “@laloalcaraz: Remember, the Irish are Europe’s Chicanos! #HappyStPatricksDay” So true! — Tony Hernandez (@TonyHTonyH) March 17, 2013   Similar Post: The Irish In Mexico: The San Patricios

To Conclude: Academic Writing Month and Me

As Academic Writing Month Draws to an end, I wish to reflect on how it has shaped my work over the past month. I sit here in a shut up and write session organised by WISPS (#WispsWD)using the last few minutes of the writing hours to begin this post. I entered AcWriMo with the hope that […]

How to cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper

Click HERE to see the MLA Guidelines for citing tweets in academic papers. As the digital revolution continues to grow we need to become literate in new sources and how to reference them adequately.   Related Posts: The Kindle and Research: Referencing eBooks in the Digital Age “Fear of Being Useful”: A Defence of the […]