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Thoughtful Thursday: the Importance of Connection

When we’re stressed or swamped with work and on deadline, it’s natural to hole ourselves up in our house or office to try and make a dent in the pile of papers, or to meet all of the deadlines on time. For some people, during times […]

Writing Your Dissertation: Finding the Gap

You 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. Many clients come to us with questions about “finding the gap in the literature.” Either they are confused about the term, or they don’t know how to go […]

Formatting Friday: MLA Style



If you’re studying the humanities, especially subjects like Comp Lit, criticism, or English, you’re probably familiar with MLA style. The Modern Language Association (MLA) has published two books about MLA formatting: The MLA Style Manual and The MLA Handbook. For all their similarities, the two are […]

Thoughtful Thursday: Diet and Stress

The end of the semester is coming up, and you’re stressing about your next due date for your dissertation work, you’ve got work deadlines, and you’re juggling the daily responsibilities of family, too – no wonder you’re feeling the stress! We can help with editing, […]

Formatting Friday: Intro to American Medical Association formatting


Many clients of ours are working on scholarly articles for health or medical journals, and sometimes these journals specify that they require AMA style. The AMA Manual of Style, now in its 10th Edition (with updates found here), is the style guide of the […]

Formatting Friday: The Background on Bluebook



While the majority of our clients use APA style or Chicago/Turabian (don’t worry, we’ll get to that style on the blog, we promise!), we have a considerable client base that uses Bluebook style for formatting. If you’ve never heard of Bluebook, you’re not […]

Thoughtful Thursday: Self-Care

You’ve probably heard about self-care – it’s a common buzzword these days. At its most basic, self-care is simply taking care of yourself – both your body and mind. You don’t need anything special to practice self-care, and you definitely don’t need to spend a lot […]

Some of our Favorite Books on Academic Writing

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. Dissertations or theses are no different. Research and academic writing are […]

Formatting Friday: What is APA Style?

Different disciplines use different formatting styles, which can be confusing. Education and the social sciences typically use APA (American Psychological Association) Style. Currently, the publication manual is in its 6th Edition. This is important to note, since each edition brings revisions and small but important […]

Thoughtful Thursday: Mindfulness

We posted on Facebook last week about a study that found increased rates of depression or anxiety in graduate students, compared to the general population; the post did so well that we realized that many people might benefit from some tips and resources about anxiety, depression, and stress reduction on a consistent basis. […]

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