Resources and posts about Dissertations and Doctoral writing

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Where’s the Consistency?  

2018-10-31T15:46:47+00:00

Director’s Desk: Where’s the Consistency?   When Academic Program Handbooks and the APA Manual Disagree You’ve made it this far with APA and for the most part the manual has been consistent in presenting definitive style and format rules. Once you get to the dissertation, however, the APA manual seems nearly silent.  The APA Publication [...]

Rules with Academic Degrees

2018-10-31T15:46:47+00:00

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.  We’ve worked hard and our [...]

The Dissertation – Chapter Breakdown

2018-09-26T21:58:24+00:00Tags: , , , |

A traditional dissertation is comprised of five chapters: Introduction, Review of Literature, Methodology, Findings, Conclusions, Discussion & Future Considerations. ( In a four-chapter dissertation, the literature review is integrated into the first chapter.) Chapter 1: Introduction Introduction Background of the Problem Statement of the Problem Purpose of the Study Research Questions Significance of the Study [...]