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Running an Effective Dissertation Writing Group

25th August 2022

Forming a writing group is a great way to combat the feelings of isolation that can come with dissertation writing.

Classics that Are Perfect for Summer

25th August 2022

We’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.

Dissertation Research Help: Scholarly Sources

25th August 2022

When you are researching your dissertation, you will need to make extensive use of scholarly sources.

Choosing the Right Dissertation Advisor

25th August 2022

Your 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.

Happy National Grammar Day!

25th August 2022

https://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.

Formatting Friday #1: The Importance of Proper Formatting

25th August 2022

Welcome to our new blog series, Formatting Friday! Every Friday, we’ll be looking at a topic in formatting.

Thoughtful Thursday: Anxiety about Writing

25th August 2022

Anxiety 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.

Scholarly Writing: Words and Phrases to Avoid in Your Dissertation

25th August 2022

Academic writing is much different than writing for the general population, and it can take some time to get acclimated.

Dissertation Writing Tips: How to Improve and Strengthen Your Writing

25th August 2022

Nathaniel Hawthorne once said “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” He was right, of course. Good writing takes time and practice, and even if you have a natural inclination toward writing, it’s still not easy.

Converting your Dissertation into a Book: Not as Easy as it Might Seem

25th August 2022

The 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.

How to Beat Writer's Block

25th August 2022

Ah, 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.

Academic Writing Tips: How to Write an Abstract

25th August 2022

If 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 2022

Depending on your research and your research needs, sometimes you need additional funding through grants.

Scholarly Writing Tips: Writing Application Essays

25th August 2022

Have 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 2022

You’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.

How to Construct an Effective Poster Presentation

25th August 2022

If you decide to present your research at a conference, you might have to prepare a poster presentation.

The Benefits of Journaling in Graduate School

25th August 2022

When 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 2022

If you’re going into academia - teaching, especially - then at some point you’ve likely been asked to write a statement of your teaching philosophy.

How an Academic Bullet Journal Can Help with your Dissertation Work

25th August 2022

By now, you’ve probably heard of bullet journals, or BuJos. We even posted this article about their use with dissertation work and academia from Inside Higher Education on our Facebook page.

The Importance of Proofreading

25th August 2022

During 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.

Podcasts for Writing

25th August 2022

Are 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 2022

Summer is a great time to work on any challenges you might have with writing, especially academic writing.

How to Deal with Rejection (From Academic Journals)

25th August 2022

It 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 2022

Summer 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.

Dissertation Editor: What We Do

25th August 2022

The 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.

Dealing With Burnout

25th August 2022

The 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.

Tips for Effective Presentations

25th August 2022

Graduate 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).

Keeping a Research Journal

25th August 2022

We’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.

Submitting Your Dissertation or Thesis to ProQuest

25th August 2022

After 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.

Choosing Credible Sources

25th August 2022

In 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 2022

March 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 2022

Many 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.

National Library Week!

25th August 2022

It’s National Library Week (4/19-4/25) – a time to celebrate the libraries in your life. Libraries serve the needs of their communities, whether it’s a busy undergrad university, a small charter school, a research institution, an inner-city neighborhood, or a graduate school.

April is D.E.A.R. Month

25th August 2022

Do you remember DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)? In elementary school, there would be DEAR time, and we’d all stop the lesson and take out a book and have quiet time to read.

Self-Care During COVID-19

25th August 2022

It’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.

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.

Some of our Favorite Books on Academic Writing

25th August 2022

I’m a big reader. If I’m facing a problem or difficulty, I like to read books or articles about it – about people who’ve faced similar situations, or instructions on how to make it easier.

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.

I was at the end of my PhD in History when I came to thesis editor. I had a very specific problem in relation to the formatting of footnotes in a thesis that contained multiple landscape pages and thus multiple section breaks. The editor who worked on my thesis demonstrated an exceptional level of expertise in formatting, resolving my problem and explaining to me exactly what was done. My thesis was returned to me in good time, and I now have the PhD. I am very grateful to thesis editor for having helped me in the crucial final stages of the PhD, and would thus highly recommend their services to prospective clients.

- Kimberley P. , PhD

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