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Tips for Writing a Literature Review

2019-09-09T23:52:19+00:00

What is a Literature Review? The Literature Review overviews, analyzes, and sometimes critiques relevant previous research. It lays the groundwork for the original research presented in a thesis/dissertation by demonstrating that the research fills a “gap” in the literature and/or contributes something new or has implications for specific areas of study within the field. A [...]

Tips for Dissertation Introductions

2019-09-09T18:49:32+00:00

The introduction informs your audience about the importance of your topic, the research question(s) you plan to investigate, and your hypothesis or core claim (thesis statement).  It also outlines the structure of the rest of the dissertation, through a chapter overview.   Write Literature Reviews First (Before the Introduction) You should wait and write your [...]

Are you using a Citation Manager?

2019-06-06T03:04:41+00:00

WEX Alert!   Formatting Issues Inflicted by Citation Managers Citation managers can be useful tools for helping researchers keep track of citations for academic publications and grey literature in their field.  They are developed to help writers organize their research; however, writers should use them cautiously while writing longer manuscripts, such as, theses, dissertations, and [...]

Break Breakdown

2019-06-06T02:30:35+00:00

WEX Alert!   Formatting a dissertation can challenge even the most savvy of writers.  With its separate front pages, different chapters, footnotes, and other special formatting, there are multiple times that require a “break” in the document’s formatting. For example, breaks are especially helpful when you need to change the pagination style from the front [...]

Meet our Editor: Tamara Holloway!

2019-05-12T20:05:53+00:00

  Tamara Holloway received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Oregon. Tamara has spent nearly twenty years teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to college students; she currently teaches at Walla Walla Community College. Tamara has a strong background in editing and is committed to instilling writing proficiency and confidence in her [...]

Congratulations, Christine A. Treece, Psy.D, LMHC, Antioch University Seattle!

2019-05-11T22:51:54+00:00

Please join The Writers’ Exchange in congratulating Christine A. Treece in the successful completion of their dissertation: Psychologists’ Use of a Dog in Psychotherapy: A Therapeutic Exploration   This study was an in-depth exploration of licensed psychologists’ experiences with bringing their dogs to work. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used, and nine primary themes were identified. [...]

Congratulations, A. Ianto West, Ph. D, Antioch University Seattle!

2019-04-20T01:39:48+00:00

Please join The Writers’ Exchange in congratulating A. Ianto West in the successful completion of their dissertation: Avoiding Unhelpful Responses: A Proposed Theoretical Measure of Readiness to Work With Transgender Clients   My project was about improving the quality of transgender care. As an underserved population, it is important that we do a good job. Many [...]

Get Cozy With A Book

2019-05-02T23:53:58+00:00

While deep in the dissertation process, it can be very helpful to have  “friendly” books nearby that help ignite awareness of "writer within." While some dissertation writers feel they need to quarantine themselves from any other lived experience, the reality is that reading for pleasure can profoundly mitigate the oppressive rigor by offering a respite [...]

Congratulations, Tara Nichol, M.Ed, Antioch University New England!

2018-07-19T02:56:58+00:00

WEX is honored to feature Tara Nichols. She received her Waldorf Masters of Education from Antioch University New England. She wrote her dissertation on Trauma Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education.  Nichol's intention of this research project is to gain a deeper understanding of trauma-informed practices in early childhood education. She addresses two questions: what are [...]

Featuring WEX Writer: Kyle Benson, MA – Therapist & Blogger

2019-07-24T17:35:53+00:00

The Writers' Exchange is pleased to feature Kyle Benson, an Intentionally Intimate Relationship coach providing practical, research-based tools to build long-lasting relationships. Kyle is a graduate of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Antioch University Seattle. He came to WEX for editing support to polish his professional writing. You may read his blogs [...]

Meet our Editor: Nancy Struckman!

2018-10-31T15:46:46+00:00Tags: , , , , , , , |

Nancy Birn Struckman has worked as an editor and proofreader for over twenty-five years, including as a managing editor for a local newspaper. She is currently the manager of Editing for Style, LLC, where she also edits books and monthly blogs, and enjoys working with graduate students on formatting and proofreading their dissertations, theses, final [...]