This is the archive of all resources, mainly posts focusing on “how to do X” or “what to do when Y” and so on.

AU Dissertation Front Page Templates

2019-08-02T11:27:20+00:00

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 [...]

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 [...]

Specific Guidelines for Enhanced Readability

2019-04-04T16:56:04+00:00

State your purpose explicitly. Make your issue very clear. Make the topic of each section and paragraph visually prominent. Use headings and subheadings appropriately and correctly Place topic sentences in the beginning of paragraphs Maintain the topic in the reader’s mind by referring to it frequently Readers (especially with lengthy, dense material) prefer an [...]

WEX Editors on Common Errors Seen in Dissertations

2019-07-25T01:15:36+00:00

We’ve asked the WEX editors about the common APA errors they’re seeing in dissertations and have created this list in the hopes writers might have an advantage in self-editing their dissertations. Here we go:   Table of Contents: Inconsistent wording from the heading in the text Incorrect representation of heading levels Incorrect pagination and/or margins [...]

Writing For A Reader

2019-04-04T16:56:50+00:00

One distinction between student writers and professional writers is how the writer regards and relates to the reader. In Composition field, there’s been considerable exploration about “reader-based” vs “writer-based prose.” Here, researchers[1] have identified “writer-based prose” as work in which the writer focuses on themselves as learners and readers of their work. Much of the [...]

Does Proofreading Really Matter?

2019-02-08T16:04:21+00:00

We’ve spent much time talking about editing, and now it’s proofreading time to take the front stage.  We’ve all had the experience of reading a professional text and noticing a typo. The immediate response is typically one any writer would prefer to avoid as there’s nothing like losing a reader’s confidence or better yet having [...]

Proofreading Checklist

2019-02-08T16:54:09+00:00

Proofreading Checklist So many of us focus our writing time on the composing process and forget that the final product deserves a finishing touch. Don't neglect this final polish that all writing requires if it's going to be read by another person.  If you're independent and feel capable, go ahead and use this handy list [...]

Self-Editing for Content

2019-02-08T16:14:03+00:00

Have you been told that your writing lacks direction or unity? If so, the following list of questions might help you edit for content. Focus on one or two areas below and revise for style and meaning.  Subject, Purpose, Audience What's the most important thing I want to say about my subject? What would my [...]

On Writing Dissertations

2019-03-20T20:51:07+00:00Tags: |

From the Director’s Desk: Writing a dissertation is a daunting enterprise: it’s the most in-depth researching and writing enterprise of your academic program.  Its chapters & their purposes can be unfamiliar and the pressure to “validate” can be enormous. It can also intimidate just by its “book-sized” length. Each of these characteristics can incite a [...]

What I Wish I Had Known How to Do in Microsoft Word Before Writing My Thesis/Dissertation

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

What I Wish I Had Known How to Do in Microsoft Word Before Writing My Thesis/Dissertation By Loretta Rafay, MS   Many graduate students discover late in the game that they do not know how to use Microsoft Word as well as they thought they did.  Theses and dissertations require a lot of tedious formatting, [...]

Writing Abstracts

2018-10-31T15:46:46+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 [...]