Resources and posts about Dissertations and Doctoral writing

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 […]

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 […]

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 Abstracts

2020-02-03T19:26:44+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  widely […]

Where’s the Consistency?  

2020-02-03T19:30:49+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 […]

Rules with Academic Degrees

2019-11-12T01:09:42+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. […]

Formatting Tips for Track Changes

2019-11-18T22:25:02+00:00Tags: , , , , |

Wex Editors use “Track Changes” for their in-text corrections and comments. When working with tracked changes and/or comments to a document, you’re going to want to access the “review” section of MS Word.

When your document has been reviewed using Track Changes, you must take the extra step to “Accept” or “Reject” all changes and comments. […]

Writing Thesis and Dissertation Proposals

2019-11-20T04:36:19+00:00Tags: , , |

Keep in mind that the goal of writing proposals is to argue two things:

  1. Your project is worth doing.
    • Is it substantial?
    • Is it interesting?
    • Is it original?
  2. You are well-prepared to do it.
    • Do you know enough about previous research on the topic?
    • Do you offer an appropriate assessment of what hasn’t been done […]