As we previously discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, there are several styles of referencing.  As a recap: all reference styles tend to include similar elements: the title, author, and date, but they have different formatting conventions (i.e., the order of the elements, capitalization, etc.).  Often times, dissertation committees will ask you to use the reference style…

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When you conduct your research, it is important to record the details of all the information you find to provide accurate references, and to assist you or the reviewers to locate the information again later.  Many styles are used for citation referencing.  When you are given thesis or dissertation guidelines, check which style of referencing your advisor or committee asks you to use. …

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Sent a draft to your advisor and got it back dripping with red ink? Does it mean that you should quit? Not at all! How, then, should you handle negative feedback from your advisor? Don’t take it personally. If your advisor is highly critical of your work, you should not take the criticism as an attack on your academic aptitude, intelligence, or abilities. It’s not like your advisor is…

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As you start your career, you may consider going into academia or industry. Either way, the career path you choose can affect how others view you—even without knowing anything about you. This type of stereotyping allows people to make fast decisions about a person’s intentions. Is this person good or bad? So how will others perceive you when you begin your new career? Why Should You Care? Perhaps you’re thinking…

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  Decided academia is right for you? Here are 3 rules to guide you in your job search. Not all universities are created equal; tailor your applications accordingly. Universities differ widely. Generally there are: research institutions, teaching institutions, and a blend of both. There are also different levels of each. Some research institutions have a heavy emphasis on getting grants, whereas others do not place such a…

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About to give a paper talk at a conference? Here are some solid tips to ensure success: Practice, practice, practice It doesn’t matter how often you’ve given public speeches or how experienced you are in your research, you need to practice your presentation, and practice it numerous times. Practice it aloud by yourself or in front of your dog/cat/boyfriend/mother, just practice!Why? – You will become fluent in speech…

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Are you about to present a poster at a research conference? Here are some tips to ensure a great poster session: Know your audience’s poster-viewing style People typically peruse the title posters and if it involves something that interests them, they’ll stop and check it out. Some people want to read your poster without interruption. They may decide to ask you questions, or they may walk away without asking questions. Other…

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Presenting your research at a conference? Should you present a poster or a paper? Here are some pros and cons of both. Poster Presentations Pros Easy to prepare Create a few summary sentences in PowerPoint, add some tables or figures, and you’re good to go. Interaction with people one-on-one Poster presentations are usually 2 hours, which means more opportunities to have…

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I recently had the experience of expecting my first baby a month before I graduated. Throughout the process, I accidentally learned several tips to graduating on time with a PhD. Here is the third and final installment of dissertation tips that I learned along the way during my pregnancy. You don’t have to be pregnant to enact these tips, but you can learn from someone who’s been through the dissertation…

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I recently had the experience of expecting my first baby a month before I graduated. Throughout the process, I accidentally learned several tips to graduating on time with a PhD. Check out Part 1 of my tips here. Keep a Journal I downloaded a pregnancy app when I found out I was pregnant, and one of the first things it told me to do was start…

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