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List of additional online resources available to graduate students in history. Have something you would like to see added to this page? Found a broken link? Please contact us.

Additional Online Resources for Graduate Students

This page includes a bibliography of materials dedicated to surviving graduate school, particularly how to write and defend your dissertation, dealing with the stresses of graduate work and getting published. We have also included links to organizations that deal more broadly with post-secondary education policy issues. Please let us know of other materials we can add to the list.

Publications of the GSC-CHA

The GSC has produced a Resource Guide for Teaching Assistants which was revised in 2009. The guide leads teaching assistants through the various stages of their employment from signing a work agreement and meeting with the course instructor, to first class "jitters," marking papers and exams, and initiating seminar discussions.

Websites and Online Publications

American Historical Association
The AHA has published several pamphlets in the areas of teaching, professional concerns, and has a directory of grants and history departments. All titles are listed on their website.

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
AUCC promotes the interests of higher education in Canada. Their website includes academic job postings, information on scholarships, higher education issues, and Canada's colleges and universities.

Canadian Association of Graduate Studies. Graduate Studies: A Practical Guide. (1992).
"This booklet is addressed to students in thesis-based master's and doctoral programs in Canadian universities. It discusses some of the motives for pursuing graduate studies and describes a critical path for attaining the objectives of research-oriented programs."

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
The national voice of the university academic staff, the CAUT is a federation of Canadian faculty associations/unions. Their website regularly posts university job opportunities and comments on academic concerns.

Chronicle of Higher Education
Contains job postings, career talk, and advice columns which are geared towards graduate students and recent graduates.

Inside Higher Ed
Contains job postings, career advice, and columns on the general state of higher education.

Contains on-line information on a wide variety of topics of interest to graduate students in history. Includes information on applying for graduate school, graduate student life, sample comprehensive exam questions, how to write and defend your thesis, teaching history, CV's, and job interviews.

Iacovetta, Franca, and Molly Ladd-Taylor, eds. Becoming a Historian: A Canadian Manual. (Ottawa: Co-ordinating Committee on Women Historians and the American Historical Association, and the Canadian Committee on Women's History and the Canadian Historical Association, 1999, 2008.
This guide for Canadian graduate students in history offers information and advice on how to apply to graduate schools, sources of funding, descriptions of the different stages of the Ph.D. program, life as a graduate student, and getting published and presenting papers. As well, two chapters are provided on the job search and the first years on your first job. Like the rest of the book, however, these chapters are focused on a career in academia exclusively and touch only briefly on careers outside of a university--a place where they admit the vast majority of history graduates will ply their trade as historians--and how to prepare and find such opportunities.

National Graduate Council of the Canadian Federation of Students
The National Graduate Council represents approximately 50,000 graduate student members of the Canadian Federation of Students. The NGC "advocates the interests of all graduate students nationally and internationally, provides a forum for discussion of issues of concern to graduate students, and represents graduate student's interests and concerns within the Canadian Federation of Students."

Re-envisioning the Ph.D.
"Our current mission is to foster local and national/international discussions and initiatives that address the question: How can we re-envision the Ph.D. to meet the societal needs of the 21st Century?"

Register of Post-Graduate Dissertations in Progress in History and Related Subjects
"The primary purpose of the Register is to provide an inventory of all Ph.D. and M.A. theses in all Canadian universities dealing with any aspect whatever of history. Naturally, most entries are provided by the various history departments; however, the Register also attempts to include theses written in other departments that are historical in nature, whether their subject be Canadian or other. Moreover, the Register also seeks to cover theses in Canadian history undertaken in non-Canadian universities." To correct your information or get it included in the register, please email the executive director of the CHA.

Books and other publications

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

Caplan, Paula J. Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman's Guide for Surviving in the Academic World. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993.

Clark, Robert E. and John Palattella. The Real Guide to Grad School: What You Better Know Before You Choose Humanities and Social Sciences. Lingua Franca Books, 1997.

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

Guide to Scholarly Publishing in Canada. 5th ed. Ottawa: Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, Canadian Federation for the Humanities, 1995.

Locke, Lawrence F., Waneen Wyrick Spirduso, and Stephen J.Silverman. Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000.

Mitchell, Lesli. The Ultimate Grad School Survival Guide. Princeton, NJ: Peterson's, 1996.

Peters, Robert L. Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Master's or a PhD. New York: Noonday Press, 1992.

Rudestam, Kjell Erik, and Rae R. Newton. Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2001.

Sternberg, David. How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1981.