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How to Present at a Conference

March 7, 2013

If you want to improve your conference presentations, or if the upcoming RAW conference is your first opportunity to present your work to your colleagues, you may want to check out the links below.

The Art of the Conference Paper at Inside Higher Ed

Preparing for Conference Presentations: advice from Fernando Delgado, 2003 program planner for NCA’s Critical and Cultural Studies Division.

Presenting Conference Papers in the Humanities by Claremont Graduate University

In addition, if you have a copy of Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Chicago Style/Turabian Manual), the 7th edition has, in addition to a wealth of other materials, a spectacular chapter on presenting your ideas (chapter 13). This chapter is one of the best I’ve read on presenting at a conference.

Even if you normally use another citation style, the Turabian 7th edition is truly an excellent resource for writing academic papers. The UT Dallas McDermott Library has two copies of this book available at the reference desk. You can also buy used copies very inexpensively, or a Kindle edition (currently less than $5).

-Sara Keeth


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