I get asked all the time to recommend my favourite books and resources, so here they are! These are my dog-eared, tried-and-tested, game-changing tools that I’ve personally used and loved.

My bookshelves are filled with those that didn’t make the cut (ahem…late-night online shopping habit), which means that you get to save your time and money for the exceptional goods. Many recommendations connect to an external storefront through an affiliate link, like Amazon, where you can pick them up.

 

books

General writing

WRITING YOUR JOURNAL ARTICLE IN TWELVE WEEKS

My #1 all-time fave for writing for publication in all disciplines.

WRITING SCIENCE IN PLAIN ENGLISH

Write without the jargon.

THE SENSE OF STYLE

Refreshing, comprehensive. Take time to study this one.

KEYS TO GREAT WRITING

The checklists alone are worth it.

CRAFT OF RESEARCH

Section 3 on argument is a must read.

THEY SAY / I SAY

Outlines key rhetorical moves in writing. Check out the templates at the back.

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

Classic Strunk-n-White with gorgeous illustrations.

Becoming an Academic Writer

The basics with exercises for practice.

Lit reviews

Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review

The gold standard for all types of knowledge synthesis. Just buy it - you’ll thank me.

Synthesizing Qualitative Research

For qual lit reviews only.

Introduction to Meta-Analysis

Companion to Comprehensive Meta-analysis software.

The Handbook of Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis

The classic systematic review guide.

Data analysis

QUALITATiVE DATA ANALYSIS

For all kinds of qual analysis.

QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS WITH NVIVO

Super helpful guide for navigating NVivo.

Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics

Go from theory to software to interpreting outputs. There’s also has version for R.

 

Style guides

APA 6TH

The well-unloved classic.

APA 6th Tables

Almost unknown. Crazy helpful.

AMA 10TH

You’ll need this at some point if you’re in healthcare

Chicago 17th

For book writers and everyone else.

MINDSET

HOW TO BE A HAPPY ACADEMIC

Isn’t that the goal?


PLANNERS

DESIRE MAP PLANNER

Mix gratitude list with getting shit done with feeling outstanding.

DESIRE MAP PLANNER - ELECTRONIC

I use this on iPad daily using GoodNotes app (also connected to my iPhone).

SELF JOURNAL

Work towards 3-month goals, broken down into weekly and daily chunks.

 
 

TECH

 

ENDNOTE X9

Been using EndNote since 2005, so slightly biased.