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

Writers’ Exchange “Ask the Editor”: URLs in Dissertations

2020-01-27T22:56:15+00:00

URLs in the Reference Section

Answer: 
From time to time we field questions about how to properly style URLs within the References section of a dissertation. In this post I will outline our expectations and some best practices to help ensure good results.
Please note that the various programs at Antioch have slight differences in their accepted styles […]

Writers’ Exchange “Ask the Editor”: ORCID

2020-02-08T11:41:07+00:00

What is my ORCID Number? 

ORCID Scholar Number: 

 

 AU doctoral students are required to include their ORCID number on the title page of their dissertation. Doing so, will ensure that the dissertation and your identity are protected and acknowledged. Similar to periodicals having individual DOIs, the ORCID number becomes a researcher’s digital identification. 

The […]

On Writing Dissertations

2020-04-02T23:11:59+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 […]

Tips for Writing a Literature Review

2020-02-03T18:53:26+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 Literature Review is […]

Tips for Dissertation Introductions

2019-11-20T05:29:59+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 Introduction after you […]

AU Dissertation Front Page Templates

2020-02-07T23:38:00+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

2019-11-12T13:55:05+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 […]

Specific Guidelines for Enhanced Readability

2019-11-07T18:13:38+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

2019-11-13T00:28:23+00:00

WEX Editors on Common Errors Seen in Dissertations

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.[1]  Here we go:

Table of Contents:

  • Inconsistent wording from the heading in […]

Writing For A Reader

2019-11-07T18:16:31+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 […]