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Including Media in Your Scholarly Work

2020-07-27T17:47:41+00:00Tags: , , , , , , |

The contemporary reader has grown to appreciate, if not expect, visuals included in a piece of writing. Media in your dissertation or thesis can improve readability, and it’s become more common to see these additions even in heavy scholarly work. As long as your chair approves and the visual is directly relevant to the material, […]

AU Dissertation Front Page Templates

2020-06-11T19:03:37+00:00Tags: |

Antioch Dissertation Writers may find it difficult and frustrating to correct the format of a dissertation according to AU guidelines, especially if the document is already written. WEX is here to help! Below you’ll find a downloadable template file for the AU Front Pages, allowing you to just fill in the fields and insert correctly-formatted […]

International Writing

2019-11-20T05:35:19+00:00

International writers to American universities can have a varied experience, but one constant is the impact of the “secret language” of American idioms and academic jargon. Marshall Adams is a doctoral student from Ghana studying at Antioch New England’s Environmental Science program. He talked with WEX recently and shared a few insights to the ways […]

Writing Abstracts

2020-06-04T22:18:59+00:00Tags: , |

As researchers, doctoral students have already relied on abstracts to glean the relevance of an article. In the same way, the doctoral abstract is the general overview of the dissertation  proposal and the subsequent dissertation manuscript. The abstract has a distinct purpose to highlight the major points/issues of the research for the reader.

Abstracts are  widely […]

Cracking the Cover Letter

2019-11-12T01:18:04+00:00Tags: , , , |

Cover letters are a part of job, internship, and practicum applications that always tripped me up.  As soon as I saw the words “cover letter”, I felt stuck because I didn’t know where to begin.  Unfortunately, as a graduate student, cover letters are an unavoidable part of my life.  […]

Nurturing Creativity

2019-11-12T01:14:21+00:00Tags: , , , , |

Perhaps one of the most challenging and time consuming stages of my writing process is finding out what I want to write. Finding an idea—a good idea is essential.

I have often tormented myself sitting down across from a blank screen. However, this is not where my ideas generate. I discovered that […]

Beyond Rules

2020-03-31T23:40:04+00:00Tags: , , , |

I recently went through a box of ephemera from high school, including old essays. Each one I read started with a dictionary definition. According to Merriam-Webster, rigid (adj.) means inflexibly set in opinion, or strictly observed. I think an English teacher told me that one possible way to start an introduction is to define a […]

Using Richard Feynman’s Technique for Writer’s Block

2019-11-17T00:35:12+00:00Tags: , , , , , , |

Richard Feynman was a Nobel Prize winning physicist who famously challenged colleagues to explain difficult concepts in simple language rather than “hide behind” the esoterica and arcane language of their fields.  A popular faculty member at CalTech, Feynman was dedicated to ensuring that his students learned the material rather than simply relying on rote memorization […]