Reference List

The Successful Academic Library

Dissertations, Scholarly Writing and Graduate School

Allison, Alida & Frongia, Terri, Eds. The Grad Student’s Guide to Getting Published 1992 Much of this information is basic and should be
provided by your mentor. However, the information is accurate and
Becker, Howard Writing for Social Scientists 1986 Although many students have given this book good
reviews, I find it generally unhelpful.
Bloom, Dale, Karp, Jonathan et al. The Ph.D. Process 1998 The best book out there for students in the sciences.
Explains how to thrive in the interpersonal culture of a lab.
Boice, Robert Professors as Writers 1990 If you buy one book, get this. It will help with
procrastination and creating rough drafts. Boice’s work is backed
up by research.
Bolker, Joan Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen
Minutes a Day
1998 A “must buy” for students in the humanities,
and for those just beginning to think about their thesis topics.
Easy to read and full of down-to-earth advice.
Davis, Gordon & Parker, Clyde Writing the Doctoral Dissertation 1979 This has been in print for a long time and there
is now a new edition. It focuses on the content basics of dissertation
writing – such as “what is a literature review.”
Fitzpatrick, J., Secrist, J. et al. Secrets for a Successful Dissertation 1998
Glatthorn, Allan Writing the Winning Dissertation 1998
Meloy, Judith M. Writing the Qualitative Dissertation 1994
Peters, Robert Getting What You Came For 1997 Excellent, succinct advice. But start with Chapter
12 – the first half of the book explains why you should have never
started grad school! The second half of the book is enormously useful.
Rudestam, Kjell Erik & Newton, Rae R. Surviving Your Dissertation 2001
Sternberg, David How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation 1981 This is a classic. I find that much of Sternberg’s
advice is still useful today. I especially like the section on working
with advisors.
Van Wagenen, R. Keith Writing A Thesis 1991
Zerubavel, Eviatar The Clockwork Muse 1999 Very specific information about how this incredibly
organized academic gets his own writing done. A good example of
obsessive self-monitoring. I wish that I could do what he suggests!


Other Aspects
of Academia

Boice, Robert Advice for New Faculty Members 2000 Boice has fantastic advice to give. Even though
his prose style is repetitive, pedantic and long-winded, this is
still one of the most helpful books available for new faculty.
Brinkley, Alan et al. The Chicago Handbook for Teachers 1999 An excellent overview of teaching tips, succinctly
Caplan, Paula Lifting A Ton of Feathers 1993 Research about how difficult it is to build an academic
career if you are a woman.
Coiner, Constance & George, Diana Hume, Eds. The Family Track 1998 If you are a woman and/or a parent and hope to remain
in academia, this is a superb book. Coiner and Hume have collected
a wealth of poignant, personal stories about how challenging it
is to raise a family while you’re on the tenure track.
DeNeef, A. Leigh & Goodwin, Craufurd D., Eds. The Academic’s Handbook 1995 An edited compilation of articles about surviving
and thriving in academia. Check it out of the library, and skim
it for articles that interest you. I found only a few that I liked
– but those few were great.
Frost, Peter & Taylor, M. Susan, Eds. Rhythms of Academic Life 1996 Another edited batch of first-person articles.
Again, there were only a few worth reading, from my point of view,
but those few were well worth checking the hefty volume out of the
Gross, Barbara Davis Tools for Teaching 1993 This is my first choice reading material for both
new and seasoned teachers. Gross Davis provides an unbelievably
helpful variety of tips and tactics for teachers. I like the format
of the book because it is easy to skim. You can pick it up and quickly
solve specific teaching problems. Make sure that you have this book
within easy reach on your book shelf.
Heiberger, Mary Morris & Vick, Julia Miller The Academic Job Search 2001 Wow! If you are looking for an academic job, this
should be your bible. It is thorough, accurate and highly useful.
For best results, begin reading it two years before you want to
go on the job market.
Lyons, Richard, Kysilka, M. et al. The Adjunct Professor’s Guide to Success 1999 A helpful overview about teaching. There are only
some aspects that are particular to being an adjunct. Most of the
book covers general aspects of teaching.
McCabe, Linda & McCabe, Edward How to Succeed in Academics 1999 This book is best for academics in medical fields,
such as physicians on a research track. It is easy to read and covers
a broad range of topics. I found the hypothetical illustrations
a bit hokey.
McKeachie, W. J Teaching Tips 2002 McKeachie is the classic name in teaching instruction
and for good reason. The many editions of his book are great.
Menges, Robert & Associates Faculty in New Jobs – 1999
Sowers-Hoag, Karen & Harrison, Dianne F. Finding An Academic Job 1998 This is a good, workable book and covers all the
basics. But my first choice would be “The Academic Job Search.”
Toth, Emily Ms. Mentor’s Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia 1997 Read it and laugh. Ms. Mentor is a hilarious guide
to the foibles of academic politics. I advise all new faculty to
get this book.
Vesilind, P. Aarne So You Want to Be a Professor? 2000 Written by an engineer, this book is a bit dry.
He covers the basics, however.
Zanna, Mark & Darley, John, Eds. The Compleat Academic 1987 This is a very useful compilation of articles for
academics. And I hear that there is a new version out. I especially
like the chapter about time management.


and Organization

Allen, David Getting Things Done 2001
Bliss, Edwin Doing it Now 1983
Burka, Jane & Yuen, Lenora Procrastination 1983 This is the first book to purchase if you need assistance
with time management and overcoming procrastination. Excellent,
comprehensive, and still relevant 20 years after it first came out.
Burns, David The Feeling Good Handbook 1989 A classic work about coping with emotional issues
by a top cognitive behavioral psychologist. This is a “how
to” manual for the self-treatment of negative emotions. It
has been prescribed by therapists for years.
Davenport, Liz Order from Chaos 2001 I like this slim book on organization. She has
some nice tips and uses some fun metaphors.
Ellis, Albert & Knaus, William Overcoming Procrastination 1977
Knaus, William Do It Now 1998 I found the tone of this book negative and judgemental.
He has some excellent insights, but the critical feeling made it
difficult for me to accept his “just do it” mentality.
Lakein, Alan How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life 1974 Lakein is the grandfather of the time management
movement. His book is a classic and still in print for good reason.
It is dated in that it speaks to businessmen and housewives. But
the advice is still clear, succinct, and incredibly helpful. Others
have copied and adapted his concepts for years.
Lehmkuhl, Dorothy & Lamping, Dolores Organizing for the Creative Person 1993
Levinson, Steve & Greider, Pete Following Through 1998 Don’t be put off by the mass market style writing.
This is a superb book that will help you realize that procrastination
is a natural part of the human condition. Follow the advice and
you’ll become more productive.
McGee-Cooper, Ann Time Management for Unmanageable People 1994 Clever, accessible tips, if a bit “cutesy.”
The section on “joy breaks” and time off is great.
Morgenstern, Julie Organizing from the Inside Out 1997
Passoff, Michelle Lighten Up! 1998
Roberts, M. Susan Living Without Procrastination 1995
?? Sapadin, Linda It’s About Time 1996
Winston, Stephanie Getting Organized 1978, 1991


Writing and General Writing Books

Atchity, Kenneth A Writer’s Time 1995
Boice, Robert How Writers Journey to Comfort and Fluency 1994
Bolker, Joan, Ed. The Writer’s Home Companion 1997
Brande, Dorothea Becoming a Writer 1934 * a classic *
Cameron, Julia The Right to Write 1998
Elbow, Peter Writing With Power 1991
Elbow, Peter Writing Without Teachers 1973, 1998
Goldberg, Natalie Wild Mind 1990
Goldberg, Natalie Writing Down the Bones 1986
Golub, Marcia I’d Rather be Writing 1999
Keyes, Ralph The Courage to Write 1995
Lamott, Anne Bird by Bird 1994 *** fun bedtime reading***
Mundis, Jerrold Break Writer’s Block Now! 1991
Rico, Gabriele Lusser Writing the Natural Way 1983
Winokur, Jon, Ed. Advice to Writers 1999
Zinsser, William On Writing Well 1998


Books, Stress Management Techniques & Other Assorted Writings

Bourne, Edmund The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook 2000
Cameron, Julia The Artist’s Way 1992
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly Flow 1990
Bodian, Stephan Meditation for Dummies 1999
Bolles, Richard Nelson What Color is Your Parachute? Every year!
Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 1989
Fisher, Roger & Ury, William Getting to Yes 1981 * about negotiation.*
Gendlin, Eugene Focusing 1981
Harp, David The New Three Minute Mediator 1990
Kabat-Zinn, Jon Full Catastrophe Living 1990
Kabat-Zinn, Jon Wherever You Go There You Are 1994
Kiev, Ari A Strategy for Daily Living 1973
Lore, Nicholas The Pathfinder 1998
McGraw, Phillip Life Strategies 1999
Rechtschaffen, Stephan Timeshifting 1996
Scott, Steven K. Simple Steps to Impossible Dreams 1998
Seligman, Martin Authentic Happiness 2002
Taylor, Jeremy Dream Work 1983
Tieger, Paul & Barron-Tieger, Barbara Do What You Are 1992, 1995
Zander, Rosamund Stone & Zander, Benjamin The Art of Possibility 2000