Suggested Reading

Career-related Teaching, Promotion, Tenure, Publishing

Alexander, Patrick H. “The Less Obvious Elements of an Effective Book Proposal.” Chronicle of Higher Education 17 October 2011.

———. “What Just Ain’t So.” Inside Higher Education. 6 April 2009.

American Academy of Religion.

American Anthropological Association, Career Center.

American Historical Association.

American Philosophical Association, Career Resources.

Association of University Presses, Annual Membership Directory. New York.

Blum, Hester. “Show ’em Who You Are.” Inside Higher Education. 11 September 2013.

Cassuto, Leonard. “The Rise of the Mini-monograph: Is it senior professors, rather than administrators, who are most reluctant to embrace midlength e-books for tenure?” Chronicle of Higher Education. 12 August 2013.

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing Technology and the Future of the Academy. New York: NYU Press, 2011.

Housewright, Ross, Roger C Schonfeld, Kate Wulfson. “Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2012.”

Harley, Diane, Sophia Krzys Acord, Shannon Lawrence, and Elise Herrala. “Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning, Locus, and Future.” Center for the Study of Higher Education. March 2011.

Kelsky, Karen. “The Professor is In: Tenure Expectations.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Vitae. 23 February 2015.

———.  The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2015.

Linguistic Society of America, Jobs Center.

Luey, Beth. Handbook for Academic Authors. 5th ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

McCutcheon, Russell. “Theses on Professionalization.” The Religious Studies Project. 29 February 2012.

MLA Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion. Report on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion. 2007.

Satell, Greg. “Why Communication Is Today’s Most Important Skill.” Forbes 6 February 2015.

Saussy, Haun. “Reviewing Scholarly Books.” Printculture: Media, Culture, Politics, Academic Life, Weasels 25 August 2013.

SBL Career Resources.

Shaberg, Christopher. “Publish or Perish? Yes. Embrace It.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 15 February 2016.

Shives, Katie. “When It Comes to Dissertations, Done Is Best.” Inside Higher Ed 6 March 2016.

Steel, Colin. “Scholarly Monograph Publishing in the 21st Century: The Future More than Ever Should Be an Open Book.” Journal of Electronic Publishing 11 (2, 2008):

Toor, Rachel. “Why It’s Important to Write a Proposal for an Academic Book. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 19 May 2020.

Toor, Rachel. “The Reality of Writing a Good Book Proposal.” The Chronicle of Higher Education 11 February 2013.

———.  “How to Write a Good Book Proposal, the Sequel.” The Chronicle of Higher Education 8 October 2013.

Publishing/Scholarly Communication

Brown, Laura, Rebecca Griffiths, and Matthew Rascoff.. “University Publishing In A Digital Age” 2007

Thompson, John. Books in a Digital Age: The Transformation of Academic and Higher Education Publishing in Britain and the United States. London: Polity, 2005.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

American Library Association copyright webinars

ASCAP ACE Database (song lyrics)

Association of University Presses Intellectual Property and Copyright Committee.  Permissions FAQs. 2018.

Aufderheide, Patricia, Peter Jaszi, et al. “Copyright, Permissions, and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report.” The College Art Association 29 January 2014 (

Aufderheide, Patricia, and Peter Jaszi. Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright.2nd Edition.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Bielstein, Susan, M. Permissions: A Survival Guide: Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

University of Chicago Press. Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Center for Media and Social Impact Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry. 2011.

College Art Association Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. 2015.

Consortium for Educational Technology for University Systems [CETUS] “Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, & Trademark Law

Concerning Governmental Copyright Reform (US Department of Commerce, 2013.)

Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Term and Public Domain in the United States (Cornell University)

Crash Copyright Course.” (University of Texas Libraries)

Creative Commons, esp. “Share Your Work” (licenses)

Fair Use Checklist (Columbia University Libraries)

Fair Use Checklist (Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University)

Fair Use and Copyright (Stanford University Libraries)

“Hearing on the Scope of Fair Use: House Judiciary Committee. Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.”

International Standard Musical Work Code

“Public Access to Public Science Act.” Introduce in the House 20 Sept. 2013. See

Strong, William S. The Copyright Book: A Practical Guide. 6th ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014.

United States Copyright Office

WATCH (Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders) File (Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin)


Adler, Mortimer J., and Charles Van Doren. How to Read a Book. Revised and updated. New York: Touchstone, 1972.

Alexander, Patrick H. [Pressed, I. M. D.] “Scholarly Writing under Siege.” CSSR Bulletin 28 (4, 1999): 126–31.

Becker, Howard S. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article. 3r ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020.

Belcher, Wendy Laura. Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.

Bennett, Drake, “Thinking Literally: The Surprising Ways that Metaphors Shape Your World.” The Boston Globe. September 27, 2009.

Berlin, Isaiah. “The Divorce between the Sciences and the Humanities.” Pages 80–110 in Against the Current: Essays in the History of Ideas. Edited and with a bibliography by H. Hardy. London: The Hogarth Press, 1979.

Boice, Robert. Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing. Stillwater, Okla.: New Forums Press, 1990.

———.  How Writers Journey to Comfort and Fluency: A Psychological Approach. Praeger, 1994.

Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide To Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. New York: Henry Holt, 1998.

Brooks, David. “Meeting the Editors.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 9 May 2011.

Brown, Scott. “A Guide to Writing Academic Essays in Religious Studies.” CSSR Bulletin 28 (3, 1999): 69–76.

Butterfield, Jeremy, ed. R.W Burchfield and Henry W. Fowler. Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Cassuto, Leonard, “From Dissertation to Book.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 30 May 2011.

———.  “It’s a Dissertation, Not a Book.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 24 July 2011.

Cook, Claire Kehrwald. Line by Line: How to Improve Your Own Writing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/ New York: MLA, 1985.

Corral, Will H. “Beware the Language Police.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 11 July 2003.

Derricourt, Robin. An Author’s Guide to Scholarly Publishing. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Dillard, Annie. The Writing Life. New York: Harper, 1990.

Fulford, Robert. “They Should Know Better: Humanities Scholars Spend Lots of Time Reading, So Why Can’t They Write?” National Post. Tuesday, 15 July 2003.

Germano, William. Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

———. From Dissertation to Book. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Gordon, Karen Elizabeth. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed. New York: Pantheon, 1993.

Greenbaum, Sidney. The Oxford English Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Groff, Kent Ira. Writing Tides: Finding Grace and Growth through Writing. Nashville, Abingdon Press, 2007.

Hayot, Eric. The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities. New York: Columbia, 2014.

Hornstein, Gail A. “Prune That Prose: Learning to Write for Readers beyond Academe.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 7 September 2009.

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Twentieth Anniversary Edition. New York: Scribner, 2020.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Anchor Doubleday, 1995.

Lindberg, Christine A. The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Lepore, Jill. “The New Economy of Letters: The Chronicle Review.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 3 September 2013.

Lyons, Siobhan. “Redetermining Paradigmatic Norms: Is There Hope for Academic Writing?” The Conversation. 26 July 2016.

Mason, Alane Salierno, “10 Tips for Academics Writing for a General Audience.” Medium. 13 May 2016.

Miller, James. “Is Bad Writing Necessary? George Orwell, Theodor Adorno, and the Politics of Literature.” Lingua Franca 9.9 (December/January 2000).

Miller, Naomi J. “Following Your Scholarly Passions.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 25 March 2002.

Murray, Rowena. “Writing for an Academic Journal: 10 Tips.” The Guardian: Higher Education Network 6 September 2013. From idem, Writing for Academic Journals. 3d edition. Berkshire, UK: Open University Press.

O’Connor, Patricia T. Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English. 4th ed. New York: Riverhead, 2019.

Olson, Gary A. “It Is Who You Know and Who Knows You.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 10 January 2010.

Orwell, George. “Politics and the English Language.” In A Collection of Essays. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1946.

Plotnik, Arthur. The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists. New York: Macmillan, 1982.

Pressed, I. M. D. “Scholarly Writing under Siege.” CSSR Bulletin 28 (4, 1999): 126–31.

Davidson, Cathy N. and Ken Wissoker. “Academic Book Publishing.” Pages 315-33 in The Academic’s Handbook. Edited by A. Leigh Deneef and Craufurd D. Goodwin. 3d ed. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2007.

Savage, William W. Jr. “‘Times Ain’t Now Nothin’ Like They Used to Be,’” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 34 (3, April 2003) 146–52.

Savage, William W. Jr. “Scribble, Scribble Toil and Trouble: Forced Productivity in the Modern University.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 35 (1, 2003) 40–46.

The SBL Handbook of Style: For Biblical Studies and Related Disciplines. 2d ed. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2014.

Stainton, Elsie Myers. The Fine Art of Copyediting. 2d ed. New York. Columbia University Press, 2002.

Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. New York: Pearson Higher Education, 1999.

Sword, Helen. “Zombie Nouns.” The New York Times July 23, 2012.

Toor, Rachel. “My Little Bag of Writing Tricks.” Do Your Job. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 3 September 2013.

———. “Scholars Talk about Writing: Sam Wineburg.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 17 August 2015.

———. “Bad Writing and Bad Thinking.” The Chronicle of Higher Education April 15, 2010.

———. “Goodbye to All That.” The Chronicle of Higher Education March 24, 2008.

———. “The Habit of Writing.” The Chronicle of Higher Education February 11, 2010.

———. Think of Yourself as a Writer. The Chronicle of Higher Education Mary 7, 2011.

———.  “A Publishing Primer.” The Chronicle of Higher Education August 11, 2008.

University of Chicago Press. The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers. 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. Available online:

Williams, Joseph M. and Joseph Bizup.  Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace. 12th ed. New York: Pearson, 2017.

Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction. 30th Anniversary Edition. New York: Harper Perennial; 2006.

———.  “Writing English as a Second Language.” The American Scholar December 1, 2009.

———. Writing to Learn. New York: Harper Perennial, 1993.