Each year the MSU graduate students association invites a number of faculty to provide advice on surviving graduate school. This list emerged out of that panel.

Websites to bookmark and keep reading

Chronicle of Higher Edhttp://chronicle.com/section/Home/5 
– Read articles regularly, and the forums are pretty trustworthy. Not all forums are! Focus on finding real-world mentors.

Vitae (Chronicle of Higher Ed’s Careers site) – Vitae: http://chroniclevitae.com

–> Start with “The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation”: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/370-the-no-fail-secret-to-writing-a-dissertation


The Professor is In: The Professor Is In | Getting You Through Graduate School, The Job Market and Tenure…

Online Writing Lab at Purdue (the OWL)

APA Format guide: APA Style Introduction // Purdue Writing Lab

Academic Writing in ESL: Understanding Writing Assignments – Introduction // Purdue Writing Lab –> Use links in menu on left of page to find other topics.

OWL’s “Local Introduction” for newcomers to universities in the U.S.: A “Local” Introduction // Purdue Writing Lab

A few books for your nightstand

Here are a few books that you can put on your nightstand for when you can’t stand to read course materials or grade papers anymore:

The Professor is In by Karen Kelsky – lots of advice, whether you stay in academia long term or not – also see website above – The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job – Karen Kelsky – Google Books

Professor Mommy: Finding Work-Family Balance in Academia – focus on the sub-title – it’s not just for mommies or professors – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12011973-professor-mommy?from_search=true&search_version=service

Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life by Elrena Evans — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists – similar on the surface, but actually not recommended – has a lot more commiserating and a lot less advice

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – not for everyone, but really important for some –http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7015403-the-gifts-of-imperfection?from_search=true&search_version=service

   + TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/speakers/brene_brown 

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/66354.Flow

  + TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow?language=en 

Apps to facilitate writing

Citation Management software – yes, you need it, and the sooner the better! EndNote is well supported at MSU: General Information – EndNote & EndNote Online) is well-supported at MSU. Also consider Mendeley. Here is a comparison: Comparing Citation Managers – Mendeley. (Links both go to Library Guides at MSU.)

Gingko (for outlining and writing in chunks): https://gingkoapp.com/

FocusWriter (for writing without desktop distractions): http://lifehacker.com/5652154/focuswriter-is-a-feature-rich-but-distraction-free-word-processor

Microsoft OneNote: Seven Tips and Tricks to Get More Out of OneNote – I used OneNote to organize my comprehensive exam prep and my dissertation research and writing

Google Drive – back up your work! in three places!

Desktop Timer – one example: http://download.cnet.com/Free-Desktop-Timer/3000-2350_4-75415517.html

MSU library resources

For grad students in Wells Hall:

MSU Library Guide for SLS and MATESOLhttp://libguides.lib.msu.edu/secondlang 

MSU Library Guide for MAFLT (same liaison librarian, more extensive guide): http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/maflt  

Research manuals are not always assigned in coursework, but are good friends to have when you are designing and conducting research – the MSU library has most of the

Sage HBs online: http://www.sage-ereference.com.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/), and

many Routledge guides including the HB of SLA (http://search.ebscohost.com.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=451256&site=bsi-live) 

MSU LibGuide to Grants and Related Resourceshttp://libguides.lib.msu.edu/grants