Writing and Research Tips
Dissertation Isolation Syndrome
25th August 2022The process of writing a dissertation or thesis can be incredibly isolating. You seclude yourself for days on end with nothing but books, pages on a computer screen, and your own thoughts.
Happy National Grammar Day!
25th August 2022https://youtu.be/RPoBE-E8VOc Quick, what day of the year is also a complete sentence? Why, March 4th, of course! (March forth!) It’s also National Grammar Day.
Finishing Your Dissertation
25th August 2022The Challenges of Dissertation Writing Dissertations are huge projects. They are often the biggest, most extensive undertaking that a graduate student has been tasked with completing up to that point of his or her academic career.
National Proofreading Day!
25th August 2022March 8th. Yes, it’s International Women’s Day, but for the editorial-minded, it’s also National Proofreading Day! Between this and National Grammar Day just a few days ago, who knew editors were such party animals? We get a lot of emails from clients who use the terms “proofreading” and “editing” interchangeably, but the two are actually very different.
Helpful Dissertation-Writing Blogs
25th August 2022Writing a dissertation can be a long, lonely, difficult process. Dissertation writing is filled with highs and lows, exciting and dull stretches, moments of elation and despair.
Running an Effective Dissertation Writing Group
25th August 2022Forming a writing group is a great way to combat the feelings of isolation that can come with dissertation writing.
Dissertation Help: Should You Write a Digital Dissertation?
25th August 2022The internet has opened up new possibilities for writers: we can interact with readers, combine audio and visual media with written text, and easily share work with audiences around the world.
Avoiding Digital Distraction while Writing Your Dissertation
25th August 2022It happens all too easily. One moment you're staring at your dissertation on your computer screen, trying to work through a tough sentence or idea.
Dissertation Formatting Tips: Citing Digital Sources
25th August 2022Dissertation formatting can be challenging enough as it is – there are so many meticulous details to pay attention to, and it's crucial to adhere to the formatting and citation style prescribed by your institution or department.
What is a Dissertation Committee Supposed to Do, Anyhow?
25th August 2022Your dissertation committee is a team of professors who are meant to provide expertise, guidance, mentorship, and dissertation help.
Summertime Dissertation Writing: How to Stay On Task When the Sunshine Beckons
25th August 2022Summer! The sun is out, the beach is beautiful, and it's time to relax, right? Well, for those who have dissertations to write, summer is perhaps less a chance to kick back, and more of a chance to get some serious work done in the absence of the regularly scheduled demands of the academic year.
Dissertation Research Help: Scholarly Sources
25th August 2022When you are researching your dissertation, you will need to make extensive use of scholarly sources.
Choosing the Right Dissertation Advisor
25th August 2022Your relationship with your dissertation advisor can make or break your grad school experience. The right advisor can mentor you throughout graduate school and beyond, but the wrong advisor can hamper your progress and hold you back.
Conferences, Part 1: Presenting Your Dissertation Research at a Graduate Conference
25th August 2022When you're writing your dissertation, it's often the only thing on which you have time to focus. Attending academic conferences and presenting papers or posters may seem like nothing more than a distraction from your dissertation writing, editing, and formatting.
Formatting Friday #1: The Importance of Proper Formatting
25th August 2022Welcome to our new blog series, Formatting Friday! Every Friday, we’ll be looking at a topic in formatting.
Writing Your Dissertation: Finding the Gap
25th August 2022You have your topic, your research questions (or at least a general idea of what they might be), and now you’re faced with a literature review.
Plagiarism: What it Is, and How to Avoid It
25th August 2022One of the most common inquiries we get from graduate students is whether we can check for plagiarism; another common type of email is that of a student wanting us to go over the TurnItIn report and “fix” the plagiarism that was found.
Thoughtful Thursday: Anxiety about Writing
25th August 2022Anxiety during graduate school is normal, and a small amount of anxiety can actually be healthy. However, if it starts interfering with work, daily routine, or mood, it can be a sign of a problem.
Formatting Friday: Vancouver
25th August 2022The Vancouver system, commonly referred to as simply Vancouver, is formally known as the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, or the ICMJE Recommendations.
Tips for Summertime Dissertation Motivation
25th August 2022The summer is (finally) sneaking up on us – barbeques, longer days full of sunshine and swimming and relaxing, and plans with family and friends.
Dissertation Writing: Commonly Misused Words
25th August 2022Writing well is hard, no doubt about it. English can be confusing, especially if it's not your first language.
How to Increase Your Productivity
25th August 2022We’ve all heard people talking about being morning people or night owls – and with that, comes varying differences in productive times for different people.
Dissertation Writing Tips: Tightening up Your Academic Writing
25th August 2022When editors write things like “tighten this up!” or talk about “tightening up” during a consultation, they’re not referring to physical fitness! Tightening up a piece of writing, whether it’s academic or creative, means cutting the excess, streamlining the ideas, and getting to the point.
Thoughtful Thursday: The Benefits of Music
25th August 2022Anyone who’s ever exercised or runs knows that music can be a big motivator. A long run can feel a lot shorter when you have the right music playing on your headphones, and even a night out dancing can fly by if there’s a great soundtrack.
Common Writing Mistakes by Non-Native English Speakers
25th August 2022We’ve worked with hundreds of clients for whom English isn’t their first language, and we know how confusing English can be, even for native speakers.
Dissertation Writing Tips: How to Paraphrase
25th August 2022Avoiding plagiarism is a central focus when you’re writing your dissertation, and part of that involves paraphrasing the research you read.
How to Beat Writer's Block
25th August 2022Ah, the dreaded writer’s block. It happens to all of us at some point. Whether you’re working on a book, a paper, your dissertation, or a work project, sometimes you just get stuck.
Dissertation Writing Tips: Writing Transitions
25th August 2022Many clients come to Dissertation Editor with notes from the professor that say “choppy,” or they’re told that their ideas need to flow better.
How to Utilize National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Even for Your Dissertation!
25th August 2022It’s November, and it’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Although it was developed for people writing novels, many people use it to write nonfiction.
Dissertation Writing Tips: Helpful Writing Software
25th August 2022We know that the best advice to get started with writing is just to write. But there are definitely tools that help make the process less arduous (see our favorite books about writing here).
Organizing Your Dissertation: A Reverse Outline
25th August 2022You’re probably familiar with using an outline to help plan your thesis or dissertation, but what about a reverse outline? A reverse outline is usually used to check your work.
Dissertation Writing Tips: Getting out of ABD Status
25th August 2022You’ve probably seen people sign their emails “So-and-so, PhD, ABD.” Don’t do that. You are either a PhD candidate or a PhD, not a “PhD ABD.
The Benefits of Journaling in Graduate School
25th August 2022When was the last time you journaled? For many of us, it was as angsty teens, or kids who kept a diary.
How Close Reading Can Help Your Academic Writing
25th August 2022In the book Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose examines the link between reading and writing, and how reading informs writing, and vice versa.
The Importance of Fact-Checking and Understanding Your Research
25th August 2022Recently, the author Naomi Wolf learned – on-air, no less – that a major premise of her book is based on a misunderstanding.
Podcasts for Writing
25th August 2022Are you a podcast-listener? We’ve talked about podcasts for graduate students before, but as you know, whatever you’re interested in, there’s a podcast for that! Here are some that may be helpful in writing your dissertation – and writing in general, too.
Summer Reading: Books and Workbooks on Academic Writing
25th August 2022Summer is a great time to work on any challenges you might have with writing, especially academic writing.
Want to Combat Stress or Burnout? Get Outside!
25th August 2022As graduate school looms in the not-so-distant future, you might be a little anxious about starting or going back to your graduate program or stressed out about your dissertation or thesis.
Writing 1000 Words a Day (or 750, or 500...)
25th August 2022Did our blog headline get your attention? Great! We thought it would. Too good to be true, you might be asking? Nope.
Academic Writing Tips: How to Declutter Your Writing
25th August 2022It’s important to get words down on the page. Without it, you don’t have a thesis or dissertation.
Academic New Year's Resolutions for 2019
25th August 2022It’s a new year! It’s that time when people make resolutions…and often break them. We did a post like this last year, which you can read here.
How Do You Know if You Have the Right Dissertation/Thesis Topic?
25th August 2022Many people spend a lot of time wondering how to choose a thesis or dissertation topic, but how do you know when you have the right one? Well, it can be different for everyone, including how you define “the right topic,” but there are a few ways to know you’ve picked a good topic.
Working from Home with Kids During COVID-19
25th August 2022Working from home can be challenging enough if you’re not used to it, whether it’s for your job or working on your dissertation or thesis.
Finding and Maintaining your Motivation during the Dissertation Process
25th August 2022
Most people writing a dissertation have heard the comparisons to a “marathon, not a sprint.” While that’s not wrong, sometimes that’s not entirely helpful, either.
How Long Is the Average Dissertation?
25th August 2022
If you're visiting Dissertation-Editor.com, chances are that you’re beginning, working on, or finishing your dissertation.
Motivational Quotes to Help Fuel your Writing
25th August 2022
There’s no doubt about it, writing can be hard. Often we just need a little extra motivation to jump start our creativity or give us a push to help get us over the latest hurdle.
Thoughtful Thursday: Books About Science that Everyone Should Read
25th August 2022
It’s the tail end of winter break for many of you, and hopefully you've been able to take at least some time off from writing and research and enjoy some free time, get some sleep, get outside and play in the snow, or do some “pleasure reading.
Dealing with Feedback
25th August 2020
This blog post might be difficult to read. That isn't a bad thing! Receiving feedback can be uncomfortable, but what you do with the feedback is important.