Dissertation Survival Tips

April 16th, 2020|

Suffering from writer’s block? Take a break! Try taking a shower or a short walk, then come back to your writing with fresh eyes.   Avoid burnout! While working on your dissertation, remember to give [...]

On Writing Dissertations

November 5th, 2019|

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 [...]

Writing for Your Reader

March 4th, 2019|

Academics recognize a salient difference between student writers and professional writers is how the writer regards and relates to the reader. In fact, there’s been considerable exploration about “reader-based” vs “writer-based prose.” Ever since [...]

Dissertation & Thesis Writing Groups

April 12th, 2016|

Starting a writing group is a very good way to keep you connected and supported during what can be an isolating act of writing. The scheduled meetings should be frequent enough to keep the writing momentum going—a [...]

Literature Review

WEX Tips: The Literature Review

June 1st, 2020|

It’s advisable for students to regard an evolution of the literature review to gradually becoming more involved and complex as they progress through graduate programs. When it comes to a project, dissertation or thesis proposal, [...]

Basics for Writing Literature Reviews

September 9th, 2019|

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 [...]

The Review of Literature as a Research Essay

April 12th, 2016|

The Review of Literature is often a daunting academic writing task. While there are sometimes specific purposes outlined by your faculty member, most reviews of literature serve as an overview of the research that support [...]


Organizing the Dissertation

May 20th, 2020|

Dissertation Overview All dissertations must include the following elements and pages:   Title page (aka cover page) Signature page (aka committee page but without signatures) Copyright page (strongly recommended to protect your scholarship) Abstract (We’ll [...]

Including Media in Your Scholarly Work

May 7th, 2020|

The contemporary reader has grown to appreciate, if not expect, visuals included in a piece of writing. Media in your dissertation or thesis can improve readability, and it’s become more common to see these additions [...]

Quick Dissertation Formatting Reference

May 5th, 2020|

Congratulations! You’re ready to write your dissertation. One way to mitigate the “intimidation factor” of this manuscript is to begin with small steps. This resource encourages you to become familiar with the auto-formatting functions in [...]

DOIs & URLs in References

January 27th, 2020|

DOIs & URLs in the Reference Section Answer:  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 [...]

What is my ORCID Number? 

January 26th, 2020|

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 [...]

Tips for Dissertation Introductions

September 9th, 2019|

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 [...]

AU Dissertation Front Page Templates

August 2nd, 2019|

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 [...]

Break Breakdown

June 6th, 2019|

WEX Alert!   Formatting a dissertation can challenge even the most savvy of writers.  With its separate front pages, different chapters, footnotes, and other special formatting, there are multiple times that require a “break” in [...]


Where’s the Consistency?  

April 9th, 2018|

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 [...]

Rules with Academic Degrees

January 15th, 2018|

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 [...]

Professional Presence

Bloom’s Taxonomy & Writing

June 20th, 2020|

Led by Benjamin Bloom (1956), educational psychologists at the University of Chicago created this taxonomy for categorizing learning commonly occurring in educational settings. Their work was greatly influential in distinguishing three domains of intelligence (cognitive, [...]

Résumé and CV Support

June 9th, 2020|

You're ready for the job market, and you want to put your best foot forward in ensuring your materials make it to the top. The résumé and CV (Curriculum Vitae)  have a distinct purpose of [...]

Achieving a Scholarly Voice

June 2nd, 2020|

Completing assignments and writing papers requires much of a writer as writing is more than just filing in blanks of information. Writing, real writing, in which we wrestle with ideas and come to conclusions is [...]

The Art of Effective Presentations

June 1st, 2020|

A final presentation has become a regular feature of most academic programs as it offers another modality for a student to present their learning. A “public talk” is a great way to stimulate awareness about [...]

Including Media in Your Scholarly Work

May 7th, 2020|

The contemporary reader has grown to appreciate, if not expect, visuals included in a piece of writing. Media in your dissertation or thesis can improve readability, and it’s become more common to see these additions [...]