The Basics is an area of Goannatree where general and introductory advice for research tasks and professional development, like using research libraries, reading and note-taking, submitting and presenting conference papers and journal articles, can be found. Articles in The Basics series also explore the basics of working in the interdisciplinary field of Literature and Theology. They often simultaneously provide sources from Literature and Religion, the Bible and Literature, and resources for exploring issues and themes of faith in literature, pop culture, and the arts.

Should you go to Graduate School?
Graduate Study Programs in Theology and the Arts [Updated29/11/2011]
Why Biblical Literacy Matters for Teachers of English Literature

Things We Wish We’d Known…
10 things We Wish Someone Had Told Us When We Started Graduate School
Being a Graduate Student Spouse: What we wish we’d known
Things we wish Someone Had Told Us When We Were ABD
Life as an Expat Academic…as I know it

Redefining Success
Measure for Measure: Academic Success and the Christian scholar
Seven Habits of the Highly Effective Christian Graduate Student or Professor: living well
Is There Anything New Under the Sun? Originality and publishing
Measuring Academic Success by how much we Rest
5 Things People Assume about Theologians

Learning the Ropes
The Rules; or what Gibbs has to do with Research
Surviving and Thriving in Graduate Seminars
Using Archival and Research Libraries
Essential Archival Research Kit
Writing a Book Proposal

Surveying the Field
Literature and Theology Journals and Indexes
Theology Journals
Art Publications and sources of Articles
Good reading for scholars interested in Faith and the Arts

Finding a Community of Scholars
Arts Organisations
Christian Arts Retreats
Discussion Forums for Christians in the Arts
Christian Scholars Directory

The Scholarly Conversation
Why Should You Seek To Publish?
Networking at Conferences
Commenting on Scholar Blogs
Writing a Book Proposal

The Hard Yards
So You Want To Be a Writer?
Things we wish Someone Had Told Us When We Were ABD
#241: Skills I Never Thought I’d Need As An Academic
10 things to do when disillusioned with your Dissertation

Working Effectively as a Scholar
Productivity Tools for Researchers
10 Tips for Choosing a Dissertation Coach

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Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She is also a regular contributor to Transpositions  and the Big Bible #digidisciple project.