One of the things that is different about writing an article in the Arts and Humanities is that you almost always write alone. All my articles are single-author.
Unless the article is yours, you don’t get your name on it either. So lots of academic work where I have been really extensively involved as an associate, researcher or basically co-writer doesn’t have my name on it, because that’s not how it works.
But we can forget that. We can forget that other people’s single-author papers weren’t just written by them.
So today, I’m going to talk about all the help I got.
On Tuesday I went to a Research Consultation with Mary Stone, my subject liaison librarian at the Baillieu Library. If you are a University of Melbourne staff or RHD student, you can book one, and it’s free and you should. It was so helpful.
Things I learned:
Austlit the database of Australian Literature has a new look, and now has (some) full text. Also–you don’t seem to need to log in. Open access win!
You need to search in the catalogue both for “kenneth slessor” and for “slessor, kenneth”, to get works by Slessor and works about him.
LION indexes both MLA and ABLL, and ABLL is full text and really good.
I also picked up the library books I had recalled. I recalled them back in early June–so build in time for books to take forever to arrive.
I used so much Shut Up and Write
I’m on annual leave for the next two weeks–yes I’m taking my laptop and some books to Oxford and Munich. But I’m also taking a manuscript of a memoir/eating-disorder self-help book written by a former student of mine that looks amazing, and a poem I need to finish reworking for a Christmas anthem I’m writing with a friend.
I’ll blog (probably) and research (hopefully) and tweet (definitely), and let you know how it goes.