Recently I attended a conference about using technology for the humanities (THATCamp) in Canberra. Among the many distinguished and switched on librarians, educators, curators and coders there was Intersect’s Luc Small, who together with Richard Lehane from the State Archives NSW presented a session on Google Refine.
Originally mentioned to me by Terry Royce of the Graduate Research School, a reverse outline is a tool that can help you analyse and critique the logical progression of your argument through your draft.
How to create a reverse outline:
I've been asking people in our writing club about their writing anxieties. While there are comments about needing to learn about structure and grammar, there seems to be this feeling that they should be able to write perfectly in their first draft, starting at the introduction and working all the way down to the conclusion.
At UTS Library we are currently piloting a writing club for research students called Shut up and write. It has been overwh