Resources and posts about how to edit your own work

Quick APA Table and Appendices Formatting Tips

2020-06-04T22:07:18+00:00Tags: |

This reference is for tables and appendices only. Be sure to consult your department/program handbook to view the dissertation formatting requirements. Figures (e.g., photos or graphics) may have different formatting requirements. For formatting photos and videos, consult the WEX resource “Best Practices for Media.”


General Considerations for Tables

  • There are many kinds of tables, […]

DOIs & URLs in References

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DOIs & URLs in the Reference Section

Periodically, we field questions about how to properly format  online resources within the References section of a dissertation. Since online researching has become more of a standard practice, guidelines have been adapted. The DOI is a “Digital Object Identifier” that ensures a direct, permanent online location of the source. […]

What is my ORCID Number? 

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ORCID Scholar Number:

AU students are required to include their ORCID [1] number on the title page of their dissertations/theses. 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 ORCID number an individual numerical […]

WEX Editors on Common Errors Seen in Dissertations

2020-06-04T22:22:38+00:00Tags: |

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 […]

Using Richard Feynman’s Technique for Writer’s Block

2019-11-17T00:35:12+00:00Tags: , , , , , , |

Richard Feynman was a Nobel Prize winning physicist who famously challenged colleagues to explain difficult concepts in simple language rather than “hide behind” the esoterica and arcane language of their fields.  A popular faculty member at CalTech, Feynman was dedicated to ensuring that his students learned the material rather than simply relying on rote memorization […]

Show, Don’t Tell

2019-11-17T00:36:27+00:00Tags: , , , |

If writing is a public act, then, your purpose as a writer is to ignite reader’s interest and understanding of what you are writing about. The “Show, Don’t Tell” strategy emphasizes the reader’s experience of the material through the detail presented through action, concrete language, thoughts, sensory imagery, and […]