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Tips for Dissertation Introductions

2020-06-04T22:34:52+00:00Tags: |

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 Introduction after you […]

Are you using a Citation Manager?

2020-04-29T19:30:48+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 manuscripts.  Citation managers, […]

Break Breakdown

2020-07-11T23:33:06+00:00Tags: |

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 pages to the […]

Meet our Editor: Tamara Holloway!

2019-11-07T18:05:17+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 clients. […]

Get Cozy With A Book

2019-11-12T13:55:05+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 […]

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

2019-11-11T23:42:12+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 on […]

Meet our Editor: Nancy Struckman!

2019-11-12T00:08:30+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, […]

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.  […]

Rules with Academic Degrees

2020-06-04T22:32:10+00:00Tags: |

WEX has had a few questions in the past couple of months regarding ways of acknowledging academic degrees in our writing, and we hope this posting would help clarify the rules.  

Capitalization: In the academy we might feel compelled to capitalize all our degrees as well as subject areas. […]

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 […]