Writing and Research Tips
How to Write a Resume or CV
25th August 2022Applying for a new job can be stressful, and often, the key to getting your foot in the door for a second look or an interview is a well-organized, thoughtful resume or CV.
Dr. Roda's interview in Boston Voyager!
25th August 2022We are happy to share with you an interview that Boston Voyager did with our COO, Dr. Allen Roda. Read here to learn more about DE's origins, and how we've grown exponentially over the past few years - and are continuing to do so, thanks to our wonderful clients.
Classics that Are Perfect for Summer
25th August 2022We’ve written posts before about how important it is to read widely, and if you read interviews with writers or talk to an established writer, at some point it’s likely that they’ll tell you that in order to write well, you need to read a lot.
Thoughtful Thursday: 5 Tips for Stress Reduction
25th August 2022We’ve done a post on self-care tips, and though this one might overlap a bit, with finals and the end of the semester coming up, having plenty of tools in your toolbox to cope with stress is never a bad thing.
In the News: Penn Will Be the First of the Ivies to Offer an Online Bachelor's Degree
25th August 2022The University of Pennsylvania will become the first Ivy League school to offer an online Bachelor’s degree, starting next fall.
Formatting Friday: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
25th August 2022IEEE might not be one of the more immediately recognizable formatting styles, but it’s widely used in the fields of computer science and engineering.
Practicing Gratitude as a Graduate Student
25th August 2022It’s that time of year when people take stock of what they're thankful for and how they can do nice things for others.
Formatting Friday: Introduction to OSCOLA
25th August 2022We don’t get requests for this formatting style often, but we’ve gotten it enough times to think it warrants a mention: OSCOLA, or the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities.
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.
Converting your Dissertation into a Book: Not as Easy as it Might Seem
25th August 2022The day has come: your dissertation is finished, you passed, it’s all bound up and in your hands. After a much-deserved break and some relaxation, you might be considering turning your dissertation into a book – after all, it’s a fascinating topic, you’ve thoroughly researched it, and you have a lot to say about the topic.
Research: Literature Review vs Annotated Bibliography
25th August 2022During graduate school, and especially while you’re working on your dissertation, you’ll probably hear the terms “annotated bibliography” and “literature review” tossed around a lot.
Dissertation Research Tips: Choosing a Topic
25th August 2022Some people go into their doctoral program with a clear idea of what they want to study and never waver from it; others have a vague sense of what they want their topic to be, and then fine-tune it; still others go in with some idea, and then end up focusing on a completely different topic altogether.
Academic Writing Tips: How to Write an Abstract
25th August 2022If you’ve written a research paper, journal article, thesis, or dissertation, you likely have to write (or have written) an abstract.
Scholarly Writing Tips: Writing a Grant Proposal
25th August 2022Depending on your research and your research needs, sometimes you need additional funding through grants.
Scholarly Writing Tips: Writing Application Essays
25th August 2022Have you decided to apply to graduate school or apply for a fellowship? Are you applying to go back to school after being out for a few years? The application process can be challenging, especially the essays or personal statements, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve had to write anything for school.
How to Write Professional Emails
25th August 2022You’re probably wondering why we’re devoting a whole blog post to the simple task of emailing – after all, we all do it, right? What could we possibly blog about? Well…a lot, it turns out.
Classic Scary Books to Get You in the Halloween Mood
25th August 2022Halloween is coming up, and along with black cats, pumpkins, candy, and scary movies, what about getting in the mood with some creepy classic books? Take a break from your research and writing, and escape into these time-tested stories for a few hours.
How to Construct an Effective Poster Presentation
25th August 2022If you decide to present your research at a conference, you might have to prepare a poster presentation.
What It's Like to Work With a Ghostwriter
25th August 2022We often see books by famous people, or books in a series that come out so often that you’re hard-pressed to believe that one person is actually writing them.
4 Ways a Professional Editor Can Help Save You Time and Money
25th August 2022We get it – as a graduate student, you don’t have a ton of disposable income, and so you’re careful about how you spend your money.
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 to Write a Teaching Philosophy
25th August 2022If you’re going into academia - teaching, especially - then at some point you’ve likely been asked to write a statement of your teaching philosophy.
New Year's Resolutions for Graduate Students
25th August 2022Happy New Year! It’s tradition for many people to make resolutions at the start of the new year, but so many times they fall by the wayside by the time January ends.
When Do I Need to Do a Power Analysis?
25th August 2022You have your dissertation topic, fleshed out your research questions, and have a plan in place for your target study population and how you’re going to collect your data.
How to Write a Cover Letter
25th August 2022So you’re applying for a job: you’ve spent countless hours scouring the job databases and listservs, polished your CV or resume…now to tackle the cover letter.
Preparing for a Job Interview
25th August 2022You revamped your resume or CV, thoroughly researched job possibilities, and wrote detailed and thoughtful cover letters – and now you got a job interview.
Tips for Applying to Graduate School
25th August 2022So you’ve decided to apply to graduate school – congratulations! This is a big decision. It can be overwhelming, but it’s very doable.
The Importance of Proofreading
25th August 2022During the dissertation writing process, we get a lot of clients who are aware of the value of editing, rewriting, and revising, but did you know that a final proofread is just as important as the initial editing, if not more so? When we work with a client, after the editing process (both line and then copy) is over and the client thinks they have the finished product ready to go, we will often suggest a final proofread and format order.
Acing Your Dissertation Defense
25th August 2022After you turn in your dissertation, you will have a defense. The actual format can vary among disciplines and schools, but, in general, it’s a one to two hour event in which you “defend” your work, answer questions, or present your findings to your committee and colleagues.
Happy Pi Day!
25th August 2022Happy Pi Day! While we love pie here at Dissertation Editor (and let’s be real, who doesn’t), we also love pi – especially our stats team.
National Grammar Day
25th August 2022Did you know that today is the only day of the year that is also a complete sentence? March Fo(u)rth! It’s only fitting, then, that today is also National Grammar Day.
Creating a LinkedIn Profile That Works
25th August 2022Social media and social networking, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, are big parts of our lives, whether we want to admit it or not.
Nurturing Relationships While in Graduate School
25th August 2022Relationships are an important part of life: friendships, romantic relationships, family relationships, and professional relationships.
April is Stress Awareness Month!
25th August 2022Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Established in 1992, Stress Awareness Month is meant to increase general awareness about the causes and effects of stress, and how to manage stress in your everyday life.
Tips to Deal with Graduation Blues
25th August 2022Congratulations! You worked hard, persevered, and graduated from college or graduate school. This should be one of the happiest times of your life, right? For many graduates, once the immediate graduation and all is festivities pass, a creeping depression can occur.
Graduation Gift Ideas
25th August 2022It’s that time of year again: graduation! If you have a friend or loved one graduating college or graduate school, but don’t know what to get them, look no further – Dissertation Editor has got your back.
Great Podcasts for Graduate Students
25th August 2022There are all sorts of tools to help you with your graduate school journey: books, websites, blogs, and…podcasts? Yup, podcasts! For those of you who love being able to listen to podcasts while at the gym, on your commute, or while you’re relaxing, now you can listen to a podcast that will help you navigate graduate school and any questions you have about a whole range of topics for grad school and even beyond! First, the basics: what is a podcast, for the uninitiated? It’s generally a series of episodes of audio files, like a digital serial radio show, almost.
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.
Making the Most out of Summer During Graduate School
25th August 2022Summer is here and your instinct might be to kick back and relax and do as little work as possible on your thesis or dissertation – after all, you want to actually enjoy your summer, right? Well…yes and no.
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.
Podcasts for Math, Statistics, and Data Analysis
25th August 2022Do you listen to podcasts? Do you want to learn more about math or statistics? This post is for you! It’s also for those of you who may not necessarily love statistics and numbers (hey, it’s not for everyone), but want to learn more or need some clarification.
How to Deal with Rejection (From Academic Journals)
25th August 2022It happens to everyone. Really, it does – rejection from academic journals. It’s almost a rite of passage.
Basics of Submitting to Academic Journals
25th August 2022Summer is a great time to start thinking about submitting to journals for publication. You might be working with a professor on research, have you dissertation, or other paper, completed that shows some promise, or you finally have time to finesse that article you’ve been working on.
Happy Birthday Harry Potter!
25th August 2022It’s July 31st! In addition to being a sign that the summer is winding down, it’s also Harry Potter’s birthday! Yup, he will be 39 years old this year, and the Harry Potter world of Hogwarts has been part of our cultural fabric for more than 20 years now, if you can believe it.
Maintaining Your Motivation This Summer
25th August 2022It is mid-summer and many of you might have had some plans in mind for your academic work. There's still time! Whether you’re planning on knocking out a rough draft of a chapter or two of your dissertation, making some headway with your research, or even just wanting to get to a reading list of yours, it can be hard to find the motivation to actually do it.
How to Beat Back-to-School Nerves
25th August 2022If you’ve been in any store lately, you know it’s just around the corner: back-to-school time! You can’t escape the school sales, kids stocking up on clothing and school supplies, and that oh-so-familiar smell of new notebooks, paper, and the memory of the thrill of choosing just the right backpack and lunch box.
Back-to-School Necessities for the Graduate Student
25th August 2022Summer is winding down and going back to school is on the horizon. If you have children, you’ve likely gotten their class lists and are stocking up on supplies – but what about you? Yes, you! Just because you're a graduate student, it doesn't mean you don't need any school supplies.
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.
Dealing With Math Anxiety
25th August 2022Math anxiety is real and quite common. Many graduate students dread their Statistics class or shy away from data-driven projects.
Dissertation Editor: What We Do
25th August 2022The school year is getting underway and Dissertation Editor is ready to help! Our name might have the word “dissertation” in it, but did you know that we aren’t just for dissertations or theses? That’s right! We offer a range of services for both students and professionals, at every stage of your career.
Is it Too Late to go to Graduate School?
25th August 2022If you’re reading this blog, you might be in graduate school already, you might be thinking of applying to graduate school, or you might be in the process of doing so right now.
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.
Dealing With Burnout
25th August 2022The term “burnout” gets thrown around a lot, but do you know what it really means? Burnout is defined as a state of chronic stress leading to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism, detachment, and feeling ineffective and unaccomplished.
Taking a Gap Year Before Graduate School
25th August 2022By the time you graduate from college, you’ve been going to school for nearly 20 years, if not more.
Tips for Effective Presentations
25th August 2022Graduate school provides many opportunities to hone your presentation skills: some classes require you to present your research or a topic, you may be teaching, and you might go to a conference or two and do a poster presentation (you can check out our blog on that here).
Getting (and Staying) Organized for Graduate School
25th August 2022The school year is well underway, and whether it’s your first year in graduate school or your final year; whether you’re in a traditional in-person program or an online program; and whether you’re going full-time or part-time, getting and staying organized can make a big difference in your academic life.
Graduate School and Disabilities
25th August 2022Did you know that nearly 20 percent of undergraduate students (19.4%) report having a disability, and 8 percent of masters students and 7 percent of doctoral students report having a disability? The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) defines “disability” in legal terms, not medical terms, and defines a person with a disability as “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Dealing with Dyscalculia
25th August 2022Many people are familiar with learning disabilities that deal with reading, writing, or language, but did you know that learning disabilities can also affect the ability to process and understand mathematics? Dyscalculia, sometimes also called “math dyslexia” is a math learning disability that is diagnosed in approximately 5 to 7 percent of students in the US.
Keeping a Research Journal
25th August 2022We’ve discussed academic bullet journaling and how it can help you in a previous blog post, but what about keeping a research journal? While bullet journaling keeps a record of your deadlines and schedules, a research journal is different.
Self-Care for Valentine's Day
25th August 2022February brings with it the commercial trappings of Valentine’s Day: red and pink hearts and the ideas of romance and relationships.
What Can You Do with a Dissertation Editor Gift Card?
25th August 2022The holidays are coming up, and sometimes it’s not easy to figure out what to get friends or family members.
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.
Submitting Your Dissertation or Thesis to ProQuest
25th August 2022After your final revisions are complete, your manuscript has been edited, and you are completely finished with your thesis or dissertation, you’ll upload your manuscript to ProQuest.
Books to Read Over Winter Break
25th August 2022It’s winter break for most students, and that means more time: time to work on your thesis or dissertation, time to learn a data analysis program, time to rest and recharge, or time to read a good book.
Maintaining Your Motivation During Winter Time
25th August 2022It’s the middle of winter, and in many parts of the country, the temperatures have dropped and snow may be on the ground.
Quitting Your Doctoral Program
25th August 2022Yes, you read the title of today’s blog correctly. Graduate school isn’t for everyone, and sometimes a certain graduate program isn’t right for you – there’s nothing wrong or shameful about that, and there’s no reason to stay in a doctoral program and amass debt and lose time if you know it’s not right for you.
Networking as a Graduate Student
25th August 2022In a perfect world, simply going to school or an internship and working would enable you to meet everyone you need to meet and open up doors to opportunity; unfortunately, that’s not reality, and active networking is necessary.
Celebrate Pi Day!
25th August 2022Ah, Pi Day – no, not PIE day, although we’d love that, too – but Pi Day, a day in which math lovers everywhere celebrate the wonder that is pi, the mathematical constant typically known as 3.
Choosing Credible Sources
25th August 2022In this day and age, we are lucky to have a surplus of scholarly information at our fingertips. No more are the hours of paging through card catalogs or scrolling through microfiche.
National Grammar Day!
25th August 2022March 4th! It’s the only day of the year that is also a complete sentence (march forth!). It’s also National Grammar Day.
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.
Academics in the time of COVID-19
25th August 2022If you attend an in-person undergraduate or graduate program, you most likely have been affected by school closures, due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
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.
Self-Care During COVID-19
25th August 2022It’s always important to practice self-care, but it is especially important during graduate school and while you’re working on your thesis or dissertation.
Dr. Roda's Recent Trip to USF!
25th August 2022
There are a lot of wonderful things going on here at Dissertation Editor, and we wanted to share some with you, our blog readers.
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.
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.
How Failure Can Help You Succeed
11th January 2021
There was an article going around about a PhD candidate who defended her dissertation wearing a skirt made out of rejection letters she’d gotten during her doctoral program: scholarship rejections, journal rejections, grant rejections, conference rejections, and more.
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.