Resources I’ve found invaluable, helpful, or just plain interesting.

History Resources:

  • The John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History – The brand new but already impressive center for scholarship of the American Civil War at UVa. The website includes information on new projects, conferences, news, recent publication and the graduate program at UVa. The Center also has Twitter and Facebook pages with announcements and interesting historical finds.
  • The Civil War Trust – a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of US Civil War battlefields. Their website has lots of excellent information about the history of the Civil War and its battlefields. Especially check out their information on the Civil War Sesquicentennial. In the interest of full disclosure, I did intern with this organization, but thought they were great.
  • The Liberty Fund – This organization is devoted to the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. To this end, it provides a large number of conferences each year and, especially helpful, the free Online Library of Liberty, which contains numerous primary sources chronicling the development of liberty and democracy in the world. This online library has saved my research papers on a couple of occasions. They also offer a library on economics and law. and

Cultural Highlights:

  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Art – truly the most enjoyable art museum I’ve ever visited. It truly was an unexpectedly rich collection of American and European artwork. Admittance to most exhibits is free and year-long memberships for students are $10, which would be the same as paying for parking on two separate visits. Plus, the Virginia Historical Society is right next door.
  • The Virginia Historical Society – features a nice, free exhibit hall dedicated to Virginia history, also contains many collections for historical research. Located right next to to the VMFA.

Graduate School Resources:

  • The Professor Is In – the blog of Karen L. Kelsky, Ph.D, who offers advice about graduate schools admissions, history careers, and a whole plethora of other subjects. Her tagline is “the advisor you should have, but probably don’t). She will also help you craft a plan for successful graduate admission.

Useful Technology:

  • Evernote – I use this notekeeping app to organize most of my reading notes, lectures, conference proposals, travel receipts, etc. Its web clipper is especially helpful for saving and organizing material quickly.
  • Scrivener – I am not yet the most proficient user of this powerful writing program, but I love their virtual corkboard for helping organize quotes and themes in my writing. It can do whole lot more than just that too!
  • Todoist – it took me awhile to get on the task manager app train, but I’ve been using this one for several months now and it really helps me keep track of all the little and big tasks that I need to accomplish in a day. The Premium version can integrate with Google Calendar as well. The best news is that you can try Todoist Premium for a month for free, and they also will gift you free months upon leveling up. So, I didn’t pay for my first 3 months of Premium. The “karma” levels also add a slight gaming and reward component, which can be nice if you are someone who needs that last little pyschological push.
  • Google Drive and Calendar – what can I say? I can’t live without these two.