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How to Construct an Effective Poster Presentation

If you decide to present your research at a conference, you might have to prepare a poster presentation. While it might seem easy at first glance, there are some tricks of the trade to help make your poster presentation effective and interesting. The point of a poster presentation is to allow you to […]

4 Ways a Professional Editor Can Help Save You Time and Money

We 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. At first, it might seem like a professional editor is a luxury expense that you don’t really need, but it can be quite the opposite: a practical expense […]

Organizing Your Dissertation: A Reverse Outline

You’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. It lets you strip down your paper into the main points you’re trying to make, and gives you a pared down look at the […]

What It’s Like to Work With a Ghostwriter

We 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. Many people work with what’s known as a ghostwriter for their books. Sometimes ghostwriters are credited, sometimes not – as in, “written by Famous Person […]

How to Utilize National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Even for Your Dissertation!

It’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. You can even modify it to help you with your dissertation work. The general gist is that on November 1, people who decide to participate start working on writing […]

Classic Scary Books to Get You in the Halloween Mood

Halloween 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.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Bradbury is a […]

How to Write Professional Emails

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. Many of us work in academia or have colleagues and friends who are professors, and we’ve heard stories about, […]

Thoughtful Thursday: Beating the Mid-Semester Slump

It’s mid-October, and the semester is halfway over. You’ve gotten into a routine, you know what your professors expect of you, and things are moving forward. It’s also natural for students to feel like they’re running out of steam around this time. You might feel overwhelmed, distracted, unable to concentrate, like you’ve lost […]

Scholarly Writing Tips: Writing Application Essays

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. […]

Scholarly Writing Tips: Writing a Grant Proposal

Depending on your research and your research needs, sometimes you need additional funding through grants. Whether you’re in graduate school or working in your field, knowing how to write an effective grant proposal is beneficial, to help you secure additional funding for your project or team. If you’re a professor, securing grants can be […]

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