Research Resources

Resources for research & writing

Are you doing research in Istria or Croatia?

This section provides links for social science researchers doing research in either Istria or Croatia, particularly related to agricultural politics or economic issues.

Please be in touch if you find this useful! I would love to create a community similar to that which I created around the anthropology of tax, a networker page that has generated new projects and collaborations of all sorts.

Journal databases

Hrčak, the main Croatian portal for scientific journals

News sites

Glas Istre, the major Istrian daily newspaper

Večernji list, a major national newspaper

Jutarnji list, a major national newspaper, an online newspaper

Naša Bujština, a small Istrian regional newspaper

Books on Istria by social scientists

Ashbrook, John. 2008. Buying and selling the Istrian goat: Istrian regionalism, Croatian nationalism, and EU enlargement. Brussels: Peter Lang Books.

Ballinger, Pamala. 2003. History in exile: Memory and identity at the borders of the Balkans. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Čapo Žmegač, Jasna. 2007. Strangers either way: The lives of Croatian refugees in their new homeOxford: Berghahn.

Hrobat Virloget, Katja. 2023. Silences and divided memories: The exodus and its legacy in post-war Istrian societyOxford: Berghahn.

Matošević, Andrea. 2021. Almost, but not quite bored in Pula: An anthropological study of the Tapija phenomenon in northwest CroatiaOxford: Berghahn.


Istrapedia, the Istrian Encyclopedia

The Istrian Tourist Board, Istrian tourism site

Acta Croatica, Croatian document archive (link broken as of 02/2023)

Research projects and institutions

Unwanted Heritage: Remembering and Forgetting Industry in Istria

Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism (CKPIS), Univ. of Pula

The Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb

Connecting Collections: Cultural Opposition, Understanding the Cultural Heritage of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries

Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb

Croatian State Archives, Zagreb

Writing Resources

Blogs, documents, & lists of resources for


Writing is a craft, and there are mountains of writing resources helpful for all genres. In fact, during the Covid-19 pandemic lock-down I have learned that many of the tools of memoir and fiction novelists also translate to academic writing.

Thus, this section has an ongoing list of resources. I hope that you find it useful!


Brody, Jessica. 2018. Save the Cat! Writes a novel. The last book on novel writing you'll ever needCalifornia: Ten Speed Press.

Cameron, Julia. 2002. The artist's way: A spiritual path to higher creativity. 

Ghodsee, Kristen. 2016. From notes to narrative: Writing ethnographies that everyone can readChicago, IL: Chicago UP.

Gilbert, Elizabeth. 2016. Big magic: Creative living beyond fear. Penguin Publishing Group.

Kelsky, Karen. 2015. The professor is in: The essential guide to turning your PhD. into a job. New York: Penguin Random House.

Pressfield, Steven. The war of art: Break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles. Black Irish Books.

Zerubavel, Eviatar. 1999. The clockwork muse: A practical guide to writing theses, dissertations, and books. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP.


Inframethodology by the resident writing consultant at the Copenhagen Business School Libarary, Thomas Basbøll.

The Thesis Whisperer, a blog written by Professor Inger Mewburn, director of resarcher development at The Australian National University.

The professor is in. Guidance for all things PhD, by Karen Kelsky.

Writing Tips and Tools, Jessica Brody.

The war of art, Steven Pressfield.


Christine Kloser's Get your book done.

Elizabeth Gilbert's Magic lessons.

Tara Brach (because if you're a writer, you might need a mindfulness practice).


Marie Forleo's YouTube compilation video 'Want to improve your writing?'

Fortunato, Alfred and Susan Rabiner. 2002. Thinking like your editor: How to write great serious nonfiction and get it published. New York: WW Norton & Co.

Portwood-Stacer, Laura. 2021. The book proposal book: A guide for scholarly authors. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press

Kerins, Francis. 1979. The academic con-men: Advice to young college professorsThe Journal of Higher Education 50(4): 439-444. (this is satire but if you're reading this far on my page you need some humor)

Orwell, George. 1946. Politics and the English language.

Sean Carroll. Unsolicited Advice.