Five tips for… exam season!

Final exams and paper grading are upon us. At this busy time, we know that you want distractions — but maybe not really long distractions. So here are our best tips for powering through the end of the semester as painlessly as possible!  Continue reading

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Help with Research: Recognizing a Fake Publisher

Since the demise of Beall’s List, it’s become increasingly difficult to recognize a predatory publisher. That does not mean that it’s any less important to recognize who’s legitimate and who’s not. In the original publishing post, I mentioned this topic briefly as part of Tip #2. But based on the unscientific survey of “people who spam my inbox,” the number of predatory publishers is growing, and therefore is worth its own post. In this post, I offer a few tips for avoiding a bad deal, as well as reasons why you should not publish at any cost.

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Trends in Classics: What the Critics are Saying (and How the Machines are Changing It)

We’re back again with the fifth installment of our series exploring trends in classical scholarship. Last week I sent a computer to do an undergrad’s job, and had it tell me which sentences in each of the ~8000 (English) Bryn Mawr Reviews were complimentary and which ones were critical. This time around, I’ve pulled out all of the sentences that fall into those two categories, and I’m going to take a (somewhat) closer look at them. What things do we most frequently laud? Where do we find fault? Is there anything here that I can blame on the internet? As always, the answers are below the jump.  Continue reading

Trends in classics: Can a machine review the reviews of books about books?

This is it. The big day. It’s what we’ve all been waiting for. In this, the third instalment of our series on the BMCR, we will finally get to the fireworks factory.

That is, we will finally start talking about the reviews themselves. More specifically, we’re going to use the reviews as a proxy for how good we think the last few decades of classical scholarship have been. Do the big-name publishing houses deserve a reputation for quality? Are books getting better or worse? Partial answers to these questions and more can be found after the jump! Continue reading

Further Trends in Classics: What’s hot, what’s not

What is the one thing that unites the discipline of Classics? The one thing that (evidently) none of us can live without? The one idea that has come to dominate every corner of our field, and grown explosively over the last decade? If you don’t already know, click through to see it writ large (literally). In addition to that question, we’ll be looking into what’s hot in Classics overall, and in each of the four broad sub-disciplines that make up our field: history, literature/philology, archaeology and philosophy. Continue reading

Help with deciding on further education: graduate edition

In the first two parts of this series, we focused on undergraduates looking at all levels of graduate education. Undergrads have different needs than students who’ve already experienced grad school: they’re usually less socialized into the academic world and less aware of larger trends in academia (that is, outside of their own discipline). Students who have already gotten through at least part of their graduate training have picked up on some of these trends (in my experience, by talking to older grad students — but that might not be true for everyone). In this last post, we review questions that an MA student (or degree-holder) looking at PhD programs should consider.

Before tackling them (there are a lot), we recommend reviewing the questions for undergrads, because we don’t always recover the same ground. Some questions that appear even at the BA-to-MA stage are still relevant for the MA-to-PhD stage.

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