writing and domain resources

writing resources

The Davidson Writer
Go here for help writing your papers. Good background to read before you write, about claims, arguments, entering the scholarly conversation that’s already out there, and more. There is a lot here, but take time, go slow, and you will find lots of helpful, affirmative, and supportive information.

Book your required writing tutor appointments (normally two for each paper) with our Fellows as directed by them (normally a sign-up sheet).

The Writing Center also offers support. If you book a meeting with a writing center tutor in addition to the required meetings with fellows and faculty, be sure to include the paper assignment and to explain to the tutor the sequence of formal papers in our course (difficulty paper, conversation paper, claim paper, research paper).

“They say / I say”: the Moves that Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff and Kathy Birkenstein. This book (readily available on the web, but here in an earlier edition to save you time) informs the structure of how we teach formal college writing in the course.

The ideas and practices about academic writing in our course align with Booth et al. in The Craft of Research (ebook here).

Prof. Boyer says reading and working with the book Style: Toward Clarity and Grace by Joseph Williams will make you a better at college writing. Readily available on the web, but here to save you the trouble of searching.

The University of Chicago’s “Writing in College” guide, by Joseph M. Williams and Lawrence McEnerney (pdf here). (“Writing in College” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives license. You may use and share this essay and/or its chapters for non-commercial educational purposes, provided that you give credit to the authors (Joseph M. Williams and Lawrence McEnerney) and reproduce this notice.)

The Chicago Manual of Style is online through the Davidson College library here (log in with your Davidson credentials. We use the Notes and Bibliography format; details in the CMS are here.

Lanham’s paramedic method: how to write more concisely, here. Handy, useful, quick way to make anything you write better. You will use this in your one-on-one work with fellows and in your peer reviews.

A resource from Prof. Hillard for teaching writing (for fellows and faculty) is here. Lots of great material.

Zotero tutorial by Jack Dougherty.

On definitions, by Prof. Dave Robb

In 2018, Prof. Robb offered a series of posts about how definitions work. These six aspects of definitions will help you craft your own definitions of the body and the humanities (Humanities).

domains resources
How to make your domain beautiful, effective, inviting, efficient?

Go to the Digital Media Center
Student specialists in the Digital Media Center provide consulting and support services for digital media projects using technology platforms such as Davidson Domains, the Adobe Creative Suite, iMovie, podcasting and more.

Getting started with your domain at Davidson. Start here. Fellows and digital media consultants in the library will help you learn about building your domain.

online learning tips and tricks

Davidson Library resource page. Loads of good stuff and the links you need.

Book a meeting with librarians, archivists, or digital learning folks here.