I’ve decided to post some of the academic writing I did for my MA.
Sometimes, I’m not entirely sure why I passed. I spent the summer I wrote my dissertation bricking it that the quality was not what was required for this level of qualification. After submission, I was very worried that I hadn’t, and it was quite a relief to finally find my name on the board after the appropriate interval.
The key skill I learned during my MA was using online abstract databases to find articles in academic journals. I had a whale of a time looking up zombie films and requesting scholarly slasher articles through interlibrary loans. You find the info, fill in the form, and a few days later severe looking librarians would hand you photocopies of gory screenshots. Very exciting.
It’s those bibliographies at the foot of the essay that might be of most use to academic writers following in my path, although I hope too you might find something worth citing in my own work. If you do make use of my writing or end up citing me in a footnote, it would be nice if you could please drop me a line.