RESOURCES, ADVICE, AND TIPS
TIPS FOR TACKLING READING, WRITING, & RESEARCH
Reading Academic Articles:
I wrote a short handout to assist in working through academic articles -- or chapters from academic books.
Research & Writing:
If you're embarking on a new project (and working with me), consider breaking the pre-data and -analysis process into a series of smaller steps: begin with a short project proposal, then move on to a identifying sources and building an annotated bibliography, and then tackle the more larger research design. For more information, click here.
Some of the best advice on writing and presentations I received in grad school came from Tom Carsey, who happily wrote and widely shared a (short) writing guide and presentation guide.
For additional advice on tackling academic writing, check out these blog posts: (1) for a full blog on academic writing check this out or this; for something shorter check out a post on LSE's blog from 2014 on tips to strengthen your academic writing or this post on reverse outlining/paragraphing.
For a refresher in data set basics, including documentation, click here.
RESOURCES FOR PHD STUDENTS
A note on the resources that I've gathered here is that my PhD is in political science, and the advice gathered here is colored by that background. As such, it's geared towards those also pursuing a PhD in Political Science. However, it may be applicable more broadly.
General Resources for Surviving Grad School:
For advice on grad school and beyond, check out Tom Carsey's comments.
Preparing for, Understanding, and Surviving the Academic Job Market:
Based on my experiences on the Political Science job market and advice I received, I wrote up some advice aimed at demystifying the process. Take its contents with a grain of salt; I'm by no means an expert.
K. Anne Watson, a graduate student at UGA, compiled an extensive resource addressing each aspect of the job market and each standard part of an application in preparation for her first time on market. The result is a very useful guide, with numerous links to additional resources.
For those interested in non-academic jobs, PS published a special symposium in 2016 on transitioning from grad school or an academic job to the non-academic world.