Monthly Archives: June 2018

Formatting Friday: Putting Tables into your Dissertation

Visual aids like tables and figures can provide the reader with necessary information quickly and clearly, but if you have too many unnecessary tables or figures, they can interrupt the flow of the paper and become an annoying distraction to the reader. The key is to use them wisely and appropriately. We’ve gone over […]

Thoughtful Thursday: Yoga Apps and Videos

With summertime upon us, it can be a great time to start a new fitness routine (if you have any doubts about your physical ability to do an activity, or have any physical issues, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine). Yoga is an activity that can be appropriate for multiple levels […]

Scholarly Writing: Words and Phrases to Avoid in Your Dissertation

Academic writing is much different than writing for the general population, and it can take some time to get acclimated. By the time you’re writing your dissertation, though, you should be more familiar with the expectations of academia, based on prior papers, articles, and reports you’ve written. Even then, it’s easy to fall back […]

Formatting Friday: Introduction to OSCOLA

We 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. This is a style guide for legal citation in the UK, first created by Peter Birks at the University of Oxford, which is […]

Motivational Quotes to Help Fuel your Writing

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. Sometimes that can come in the form of rereading our favorite book, watching our favorite inspirational movie, or brainstorming […]

Formatting Friday: Vancouver

The 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. It was developed in 1978 in – you guessed it, Vancouver – by a variety of editors of medical journals. Vancouver is […]

Thoughtful Thursday: Aromatherapy

 Most of us have had the experience of smelling something and having an associated, instinctual response – for instance, the smell of chocolate chip cookies reminding you of coming in from playing in the snow and sitting down to a plate of freshly baked cookies; the smell of a cooked meal similar to one […]

Gift Ideas for the Graduate in your Life

It’s that time of year, and you might be wondering what to get that special graduate who’s in your life. After all, it’s not every day that someone graduates, especially if they’ve earned their doctorate! Years of hard work, dedication, and persistence have paid off, and they’re ready to enter the next phase of […]

Formatting Friday: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE might not be one of the more immediately recognizable formatting styles, but it’s widely used in the fields of computer science and engineering. IEEE is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the formatting style is the standard for IEEE journals and magazines. The IEEE itself is the world’s largest technical professional […]

Thoughtful Thursday: Slowing Down

The summertime invites a slower pace, bare feet, and lounging around, but when you’ve got a dissertation or thesis to finish, slowing down is the last thing you feel like doing! We understand that – but sometimes, even slowing down for part of each day can be beneficial to recharge your soul and “reboot” […]

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