Writing Tips

Although writing is a natural part of being a graduate student, writing does not come naturally to everyone.Even students who feel that they are natural writers may occasionally struggle 

with some aspect of writing.

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Writing Your Dissertation Acknowledgement: Personal Gratitude

Writing Your Dissertation Acknowledgement: Personal Gratitude

Most of your thesis or dissertation will contain technical, scientific, and heady language, but your dissertation acknowledgement will probably contain the exact opposite. Acknowledgements for papers are typically found before the first chapter and should be very easy for you to write. You can write your acknowledgements in simple, everyday language that reads quite smoothly; […]

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Writing a Dissertation Title: Combining Information and Creativity

Writing a Dissertation Title: Combining Information and Creativity

One of the most important steps in the writing process is coming up with a dissertation title that does justice to your work. The title of a thesis or dissertation must do several things in a relatively small number of words. First and most importantly, your title must tell readers what you are about to […]

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Understanding Abbreviations: e.g. or i.e.

Understanding Abbreviations: e.g. or i.e.

You need to understand the difference between e.g. or i.e. before you begin writing research papers and other pieces of written work. Writers will often use e.g. or i.e. as if they are interchangeable, but there are several differences between the two. Here we discuss the difference between the two abbreviations, including: their Latin and […]

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Writing a Literature Review: Examining Relevant Works

Writing a Literature Review: Examining Relevant Works

A literature review can be loosely defined as an overview of all relevant research findings related to the topic of your dissertation or thesis. In other words, writing a literature review sets the stage for the rest of your thesis or dissertation and should include both what is known and what is unknown about your […]

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APA Writing Style: Staying True to Yourself

APA Writing Style: Staying True to Yourself

You’ve started putting together a draft to present your research paper to your review board. You have outlined several points already, including your hypothesis and other introductory pieces. However, you’re struggling to figure out a specific writing style to use for your dissertation or thesis. The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests a preferred technical writing […]

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Barriers to Writing: Quick Fixes

Barriers to Writing: Quick Fixes

Countless problems such as writer’s block might arise as you are writing your thesis or dissertation, so the following are simple ideas to help you jump over hurdles that you may encounter during the writing process. Writer’s Block Take a short break from working. Panicking and concentrating on your lack of progress is not productive! […]

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The Appetizer of Your Dissertation or Thesis Feast

The Appetizer of Your Dissertation or Thesis Feast

Before you write a dissertation abstract of your thesis or dissertation, you need to consider your very first thoughts about how you wanted to conduct your research paper. If you have already written Chapter I of your research paper, read through it to get a feel for the most basic yet organized skeleton you have […]

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