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Dissertation Tips: How to Write a Proper Introduction

How to write an introduction

By David Henderson, APA Dissertation Editor When writing a dissertation, thesis, or some other academic text, the introduction is, of course, the first thing a reader will lay eyes on, besides the title and abstract. Not only does it provide an overview of the rest of the work, but it sets the tone and creates …

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Accept, Reject, or Delete

by P.S. Rosenbaum, Ph.D. Dismay is not an uncommon response of a student-scholar on first encountering an academic editor’s markups on a thesis or dissertation. Some edited manuscripts have literally hundreds of so-called “redlines” (i.e., deletions and additions), not to mention dozens of Comments ranging from simple reminders to detailed recommendations for major structural change. Some …

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How to Write a Paper in APA Format: Avoiding the Most Common Errors

by David Henderson The American Psychological Association (APA) style guide, which is the standard formatting and citation system for the social sciences (not just psychology), can seem as long, intricate, and daunting as the U.S. tax code. Indeed, it takes some time and effort to master it (which is why hiring an editor for assistance is …

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Why Should You Do a Mixed Methods Research Project?

by Rick Oaks I teach a variety of research courses to my doctoral students: a qualitative course that emphasizes interviewing, a statistics course that emphasizes SPSS, and a mixed methods course that emphasizes how to complete your dissertation before you are ready to retire. For some time now I have been advising my students to …

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How Long Does It Take To Write A Dissertation?

by Rick Oaks Many doctoral students are surprised at how long it takes to write a dissertation. There is a good reason for this: most doctoral programs tell their incoming students that they can write a dissertation in a year. In my experience, this is not true. I have been working with graduate students for …

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Why Commas Are Like Shrimp

(It Isn’t Just the Shape) by Ginny Rogers Doesn’t it sometimes seem as though punctuation was only designed to befuddle us and give English teachers an excuse to mark down papers? Sure, punctuation has its place, but the so-called rules can be obscure and arbitrary, with no system or logic discernible to the average reader …

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The New Age and Spiritual Marketplace

Spirituality

By E. M. Levy As someone who was an early adopter of meditation, organic food, and yoga postures I didn’t know it was possible for a human being to do, I have an enduring interest in this field of writing and publishing. I use the word marketplace somewhat ironically, since the intention behind New Age …

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A Second Pair of Eyes

Second Pair of Eyes

By Ginny Rogers If you’re a writer, you’ve probably seen discussions on social media that argue about the value of editors. Some people (mostly editors) maintain that writers can’t edit their own work; others (mostly writers) steadfastly insist that editing is part of the writing process and they have no need for somebody to clean …

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The Editor Within

By Ginny Rogers Writing is a passionate expression, isn’t it? You pour out your thoughts, your dreams, your ideas, your hopes, spilling them all out onto paper for the world to see. And then some cheeky editor comes along and shreds your beautiful manuscript, convinced that she knows better than you what is in your …

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The Beauty of Scholarship

Scholarship

By E. M. Levy In a time when people are communicating important information via Twitter and the very existence of facts is being questioned, the traditions of academic scholarship, built on the bedrock of logic and reason, are going to be more vital than ever. There is just no substitute for the careful, persistent pursuit …

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APA Style: Annotated Bibliography

by James N. Powell, editor As is sometimes the case for elements of American Psychological Association (APA) style, even though there is no actual rule found in the manual for a given element, readers can extrapolate a rule by paying attention to how the manual is written. This is true for annotated bibliographies. Although annotated bibliographies …

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Building a Strong Foundation for Exceptional Decision Making

by Wes Russell, PhD Thesis and Dissertation Consulting Services Qualitative Research Methods In this article you will learn: What three key skill sets every executive or manager must master. The four disciplines that make up the decision-making family. And, how to focus your efforts on those disciplines that offer the greatest return on investment. I …

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APA Style Research Report Sections

Sarah Jaymes

APA Writing Consultant APA Dissertation Editor When I taught college composition courses, I asked my students to use APA style report divisions (i.e., Literature Review, Method, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions sections) to organize their research reports. Few students in the composition courses were majoring in the social or behavioral sciences or were entering careers in …

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From Dissertation To Peer-Reviewed Publication

PS Rosenbaum

By PS Rosenbaum, PhD Dissertation Writing Consultant – Dissertation Editor The act of shaping a journal article from a successful doctoral dissertation will benefit from prior thought at several different levels: (a) selecting a journal, (b) understanding the requisite structure of the article, (c) anticipating the peer-review, and (d) achieving scholarly credibility in all aspects of …

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How to Test for Moderation, Part 1

biometrics - nonparametric methods

by Rebecca Andrews Research Statistician Biostatistics Consultant Let’s start by defining what moderation means in the context of a regression model (regression analysis) or structural equation modeling. You have probably already tested for moderation without knowing that you were doing something that sounds so sophisticated, because moderation is nothing more than testing for an interaction …

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Toward the Valorization of Lexical Obfuscationizationism in Academic Discourse: Some Recommendations

by Rick Oaks Doctoral Dissertation Writing Consultant, Dissertation Editor, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Consultant Suffixation: A suffix is a morpheme added at the end of a word to form a derivative, e.g., -ation, -fy, -ing,-it is (My computer, July 16, 2016). Suffixation can be a powerful tool in the arsenal of academic writers; it can …

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APA References: Single and multiple authors

Our APA editors offer APA editing services for students who are writing research papers, capstone projects, dissertations, or theses. APA References: Single and multiple authors APA 6th Edition   Authors In references to books and journal articles, list up to the first seven authors or editors. Follow the same sequence as the published work. Present the names …

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Ambiguous Pronouns

PS Rosenbaum

by PS Rosenbaum Dissertation and Thesis Writing Consultant Editing-Writing.com Judging from the sometimes quite nasty comments from advisors that I have read concerning students’ misuse of pronouns, I have concluded that the misuse of even a single pronoun in a scholarly paper can lower a professor’s estimation of the writer’s intellect or respect for scholarship. …

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Microsoft WORD’s “Comment” feature: ACCEPT, REJECT, OR DELETE

PS Rosenbaum

by PS Rosenbaum Dissertation and Thesis Writing Consultant Editing-Writing.com Dismay is not an uncommon response of a student-scholar on first encountering an academic editor’s markups on a thesis or dissertation. Some edited manuscripts have literally hundreds of so-called “redlines” (i.e., deletions and additions), not to mention dozens of Comments ranging from simple reminders to detailed …

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Take the Risk: Write Your Memoirs

Aubrey Otero

by Aubrey Otero Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Ghostwriter, Writing Mentor, Memoir Writer Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com I am struck anew by how important it is for each of us to write our memoirs. It doesn’t matter whether we write to publish, but we should write not to perish. Our stories can be the greatest legacy we give …

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Finding Your Story’s Narrative Backbone

Aubrey Otero

by Aubrey Otero Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Ghostwriter, Writing Mentor, Memoir Writer Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com “The best memoirs, I think, forge their own forms,” writes Annie Dillard, author of An American Childhood. “The writer of any work, and particularly of any nonfiction work, must decide two crucial points: what to put in and what to leave …

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Inventing the Truth

Aubrey Otero

by Aubrey Otero Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Ghostwriter, Writing Mentor, Memoir Writer Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com “With a little help from our imaginations, desires, and experiences,” wrote Willett Stanek in Writing Your Life, “we have the power and the privilege to invent the truth. We construct our pasts in tune with our heart’s desires to become the …

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How Does a Good Editor Make Your Material Clearer and More Reader-friendly?

Val Gerard, Ph.D. Editing-Writing.com According to Murphy’s Law, if it is possible for a sentence to be misinterpreted, at least some of the people who read your manuscript/publication/proposal/book will do just that. From unfortunate experience, I can tell you that it is not pleasant to have your material incorrectly cited, or even criticized because someone …

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Indexing: Construct a Topic Tree

Aubrey Otero

by Aubrey Otero Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Ghostwriter, Writing Mentor, Memoir Writer Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com Indexing is not for the faint of heart. It requires superb mental organizational skills, and an ability to discern the big picture while sorting out the minutiae. Without proper organization, you might go mad. Especially with academic books, organizing topics can …

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Build A Scaffold for the Index

Aubrey Otero

by Aubrey Otero Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Ghostwriter, Writing Mentor, Memoir Writer Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com An indexer must be able to grasp the themes of the book, as well as the subthemes, a task more easily stated than accomplished. Especially in academic books, the themes and subthemes can be interwoven until they are almost impossible to …

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Indexing: Job Security Because a Computer Can’t Do It

Aubrey Otero

by Aubrey Otero Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Ghostwriter, Writing Mentor, Memoir Writer Book-Editing.com, Editing-Writing.com Indexers have job security. For the time being, anyway, and likely for some time to come. Computers can’t “think” well enough to do an index yet, so robots aren’t going to replace us any time soon. Many years ago, with the …

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The Journey to a PhD

There are people who crave knowledge beyond the ranks of a master’s degree and want to continue on to earn their PhD. These knowledge seekers study, research, and work their course work vigorously to be able to hold the title Dr. Here in this article we will briefly describe the many hurdles and work that …

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Three Academic Writing Styles

When you get to college one of the most important skills necessary to have is to be able to properly write an academic paper. This skill encompasses many different techniques to produce papers that explain or display your knowledge in a certain subject of study. If you go in to the university system with this …

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Starting, Surviving, and Completing Your Dissertation: Moving Beyond the ABD Status

By Bryan Hamilton, M.A. Dissertation Statistics Services DissertationAdvisors.com – HelpWithStatistics.com Have you ever found yourself spending a day doing everything else you can think of except working on your dissertation? Many, if not most, graduate students have a difficult time getting started, persevering, and finishing the dissertation process. You are not alone. There are many …

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How to Write a Project Proposal

by Gary Michaels Throughout my 25 years of professorship, I assigned, instructed, demonstrated, advised, supervised, and ultimately graded well over 5,000 project proposals created and submitted by my students. Even though I provided many examples of what an excellent project should look like, less than one percent of those submitted landed in the exceptional category. …

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Logistic regression vs. ordinal logistic regression: getting the interpretation right

by Vicki Lawrence, Book Editing Associates Logistic regression models estimate the log odds of the outcome occurring vs the log odds of the outcome not occurring for a given independent variable (predictor variable). These log odds ratios are not probabilities: instead, they are functions of the probabilities (p) and should be accurately stated in the …

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