Resources and posts about formatting your work

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

2019-03-18T04:56:38+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 [...]

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 [...]

Dash Away!

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

Have you ever wondered what all the commotion was between hyphens and dashes? If you're writing for publication (esp in APA), you might have been given feedback from a reader or an editor about the Em Dash vs the En Dash. It might seem fussy detail, but there is a difference. And some readers notice. [...]

Proofreading Made Easier

2019-02-05T18:03:57+00:00Tags: , |

Proofreading your own writing can be a difficult enterprise. You’ve read the material so many times that your eye doesn’t catch what can be glaring to an outside reader. Errors or typos are too quickly lost to your own field of vision. After all the hard work of conceptualizing, researching, writing and revising, you want [...]

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

2018-10-31T15:46:51+00:00Tags: , , , , |

The Annotated Bibliography is a standard academic writing exercise that stimulates critical thinking through researching, analyzing, and evaluating those resources to compose effective annotations. The Annotated Bibliography reflects the researcher's understanding and evaluation of sources, and thus it is an excellent vehicle for increasing expertise in a topic. Annotated bibliographies are wonderful resources for other [...]