Writing

 

Writing Support at the Center for Graduate Life

Writing-Based Courses, Workshops and Events

GRAD 6010/8010 Graduate Level Writing for International Students (3 credit hours; Pass/Fail).

This course is designed to benefit English as a second language (ESL) graduate students. It serves as an introduction to concepts central to graduate-level writing in the United States, such as academic integrity, audience awareness, discipline-specific variation in writing norms and culture, and rhetorical purpose. Students will draft and revise texts relevant to their disciplines. Taught by Dr. Lisa Russell-Pinson, Faculty Associate for Graduate Writing, Center for Graduate Life. Register via my.uncc.edu. (Fall/Spring)

GRAD 6030 Workplace Communications (2 credit hours).

New!  This course is designed to help students develop the necessary writing and speaking skills in order to be successful in the workplace. Among the topics that will be addressed include: how to write more clearly, how to summarize and how to present information in a business setting.  Taught by Craig Paddock, Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies. Register via my.uncc.edu. (Spring)

Each semester, the Center for Graduate Life (CGL) offers a number of workshops and events, including some dedicated to writing. Please see the CGL schedule for upcoming events.

Doctoral Writing Fellow

Each semester, the Graduate School funds a Doctoral Writing Fellow to work one-on- one with other doctoral students. The Doctoral Writing Fellow for Spring 2016 is J. Haadi Jafarian, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Software and Information Services. Haadi is a stellar academic writer who has published widely in his field of study. He is available to provide peer tutoring to other doctoral students interested in improving their academic writing for coursework, presentation, and publication. Please email Haadi (gradlifefellows@uncc.edu) to set up an appointment.

Dissertation Writing Support

The Center for Graduate Life (CGL) supports doctoral students who are actively writing their dissertations. Dr. Lisa Russell-Pinson, CGL's Faculty Associate for Graduate Writing, is available to help dissertation students improve their academic writing skills, understand the dissertation process, work more effectively with their chairs and committee members, manage their time, set realistic writing goals, and deal with barriers to writing, such as writer’s block and procrastination. Please email Dr. Russell- Pinson (lpinson@uncc.edu) to arrange an appointment.

Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Checks (Deadline for 2017: March 10 for Doctoral students, April 21 for Master's students)

All graduate students who write a thesis or dissertation are required to submit their document for a format check to ensure that it conforms to the Graduate School’s guidelines. Please visit this site to schedule an appointment with Ms. Aura Young, the Graduate School's Graduate Completion Specialist. Aura can also be reached at ayoun106@uncc.edu and at 704-687-7237 for questions about ProQuest, the pre-defense format check, or the Graduate School’s formatting guidelines. 

Writing Resource Center

UNC Charlotte’s Writing Resources Center (WRC) trains writing tutors to work with graduate students one-on- one in the Center for Graduate Life (CGL) and elsewhere on campus. Rather than just improving the quality of a specific paper, WRC tutors work with students to help them become better writers overall. Students can receive help on their writing at any stage of a writing project and expect input on organization, audience appropriateness, and other aspects of academic and professional writing. While the WRC is not an editing or proofreading service, WRC tutors can point out ways to help students improve their written grammar and punctuation. Please schedule an appointment on the WRC website.


Writing Resources for Graduate-Level Writing

Overview

Graduate Academic Writing Workshop (David Beach, West Virginia University)

Essentials of Graduate Writing (Academic Writing Help Centre, University of Ottawa)

Research Writing at the Graduate Level (The Writing Center, Portland State University)

Writing at the Graduate Level (Center for Writing Excellence, Montclair State University)

30 Tips for Successful Academic Research and Writing (Deborah Lupton, London School of Economics and Political Science)

LaTeX- an Introduction (University of North Carolina at Wilmington)

General Writing Guides

Handouts on Writing (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Subject-Specific Resources (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Organizing Research for Arts and Humanities Papers and Theses (USC Libraries, University of Southern California)

Online Handbook of Writing in Applied Sciences and Engineering (University of Toronto)

Writing and Speaking Guidelines for Engineering and Science (Michael Alley, Penn State)

Scientific Papers and Presentations, 3rd Edition (Martha Davis, free ebook available from ScienceDirect through the Atkins Library)

Organizing Your Social Science Research Paper (USC Libraries, University of Southern California)

Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation (Joseph Levine, free ebook)

Grant Writing

Grant Proposals—or Give Me the Money! (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Three Steps to Getting Grants for Graduate Students (Tanya Golash-Boza, Get a Life, PhD Blog)

National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding Proposal Guidelines

Group Projects & Collaborative Writing

What to Consider Before Co-Authoring (Dionne Soares Palmer, Textbook and Academic Authors Blog)

Group Writing (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Conventions of Scientific Authorship (Vijaysree Venkatraman, Science, April 10, 2010)

How to Manage Group Projects (USC Libraries, University of Southern California)

Group Work and Report Planning Presentation (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Group Work and Report Planning Handout (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Thesis- & Dissertation-Related Resources

UNC Charlotte Formatting Guidelines for Theses and Dissertation

How to Develop a Daily Writing Habit (Tanya Golash-Boza, Get a Life, PhD Blog)

Thesis Writing in the Sciences (Mickey S. Schafer, Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication, University of Florida)

Demystifying the Dissertation (Leonard Cassuto, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 28, 2012)

The Dissertation Proposal (Candace Schaefer, Texas A&M University)

Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation (Joseph Levine, free e-book)

Ten Simple Rules for Finishing Your PhD (Jacopo Marino, Melanie I. Stefan & Sarah Blackford, PLOS Computational Biology, December 4, 2014)

The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation (Theresa MacPhail, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2014)

Time to Demolish the Magnum Opus Myth (Jolie Jensen, Chronicle of Higher Education, July 29, 2014)

Five Strategies for Surviving and Thriving During Your Dissertation (Ramon B. Goings, Inside Higher Ed, November 25, 2015)

Why Won’t My Students Finish Their Dissertations? (Kerry Ann Rockquemore, Inside Higher Ed, December 2, 2015)

The Perfect Defense: The Oral Defense of a Dissertation (Valerie Balester, Texas A&M University)

The Dissertation Defense: We’re Doing Something Right (Leonard Cassuto, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 28, 2012)

So You’re Defending Your Dissertation Tomorrow! (Gina Barreca, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2012)

For Multilingual Writers

ESL Writers (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Academic Writing (Andy Gillett, Using English for Academic Purposes)

Resources for ESL Students (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Academic Phrasebank (John Morley, University of Manchester)

Explaining U.S. Academic Integrity Standards to International Students (Heidi H. Hobbs, NC State University)

Teaching Cross-Culturally (Office of International Services, NC State University)

Global Perspective on Plagiarism (Bruce Dancik and Donald Samulack, Editage, Inc.)

Plagiarism and ESL Writers (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Other

Curricula Vitae vs. Résumés (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Should Academics Write For Free? (Sarah Kendzior, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 25, 2013)

The Essential Copyright (J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog (Katherine Moos, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2014)


The Writing Process

Overview

The Writing Process (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

The Writing Process in Applied Sciences and Engineering (University of Toronto)

From Predator to Pet: Three Techniques for Taming Your Writing Project (Jolie Jensen, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 3, 2014)

Getting Started

Brainstorming (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Webbing (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Using Writing to Clarify Your Thinking (Rachel Cayley, Explorations of Style Blog)

Finding Literature on the State of Your Field (Daveena Tauber, Scholar Studio Blog)

Reading to Write (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Drawing Relationships (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Outlines (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Developing a Topic in the Arts and Humanities (USC Libraries, the University of Southern California)

Choosing a Research Problem in the Social Sciences (USC Libraries, the University of Southern California)

Preparing to Write in the Social Sciences (USC Libraries, the University of Southern California)

Drafting

Audience (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Understanding the Needs of Your Reader (Rachel Cayley, Explorations of Style Blog)

Understanding Genre in Engineering (University of Toronto)

Paragraphs (Rachel Cayley, Explorations of Style Blog)

On Paragraphs (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Paragraph Development (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

How to Write a Sophisticated, Dynamic Scholarly Argument (Katie Van Heest, Textbook and Academic Authors Blog)

Revising

Committing to Extensive Revision (Rachel Cayley, Explorations of Style Blog)

Revising Drafts (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Reorganizing Drafts (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Reverse Outlining (Rachel Cayley, Explorations of Style Blog)

Reverse Outlining (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Transitions (Rachel Cayley, Explorations of Style Blog)

Improving Your Writing Style (The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Appropriate Language (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Strategies for Variation (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Sentence and Clause Arrangement for Emphasis (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

How to Respond to a “Revise and Resubmit” from an Academic Journal: Ten Steps to a Successful Revision (Tanya Golash-Boza, Get a Life, PhD Blog)

Editing & Proofreading

Conciseness (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Conciseness (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Grammar and Punctuation (The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Grammar (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Mechanics (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Punctuation (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Editing and Proofreading (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Proofreading (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Proofreading Your Paper (USC Libraries, the University of Southern California):

Being Productive

How to Develop a Daily Writing Habit (Tanya Golash-Boza, Get a Life, PhD Blog)

Daily Writing: How Prolific Scholars Do It (Tanya Golash-Boza, Get a Life, PhD Blog)

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To (Heidi Grant Halvorson, Harvard Business Review, February 14, 2014)

How to Be Productive (Textbook and Academic Authors Blog)

The Hidden Key to Productivity: Getting Smart About Energy (Jolie Jensen, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2014)

The Habits of Highly Productive Writers (Rachel Torr, Chronicle of Higher Education, November 17, 2014)

Organizing Your Research Online (USC Libraries, University of Southern California)

Who Knows Where the Writing Time Goes? (Jolie Jensen, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 31, 2014)

Location, Location, Location and Writing (Daveena Tauber, Scholar Studio Blog)

My Quest for the Perfect Writing Space (Jolie Jensen, Chronicle of Higher Education, February 21, 2014)

On Writing: Sometimes Less Is More (Tanya Golash-Boza, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 5, 2014)

Moving Through Difficulties in Academic Writing

Writing Anxiety (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Don’t Give In To Your Inner Critic (Jennifer Polk, University Affairs, December 16, 2015)

Symptoms and Cures for Writer’s Block (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Getting Over Writer’s Block (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Coping Productively with Feedback on Your Writing (Daveena Tauber, Scholar Studio Blog)

When a Journal Says “No” (Wendy Laura Belcher, Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2009)

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To (Heidi Grant Halvorson, HarvardBusiness Review, February 14, 2014)

Procrastination (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

The Secret Shame of the Scholarly Writer (Jolie Jensen, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 11, 2014)

Face It: Your Decks Will Never Be Cleared (Jolie Jensen, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 29, 2014)

Don’t Go It Alone (Jolie Jensen, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 31, 2015)

A Common Time to Get Stuck (Julie Miller Vick & Jennifer S. Furlong, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2013)

Academics: you are going to fail, so learn how to do it better (Alexander Clark and Bailey Sousa, The Guardian Higher Education Network, November 4, 2015)

Me and My Shadow CV (Devoney Looser, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2015)


Writing Tips by Section

General

Academic Phrasebank (John Morley, University of Manchester)

Writing Science Reports (The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Abstract

Abstracts (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Writing Report Abstracts (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Writing an Abstract in the Arts and Humanities (USC Libraries, the University of Southern California)

The Abstract in the Social Sciences (USC Libraries, the University of Southern California)

Writing Scientific Abstracts (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Abstracts in Applied Sciences and Engineering (University of Toronto)

Structured Abstracts (U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health)

Introduction

The Introduction in the Social Sciences (USC Libraries, the University of Southern California)

Introductions in Applied Sciences and Engineering (University of Toronto)

Literature Review

Learn How to Write Review of Literature (The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin- Madison)

The Literature Review for Beginners: Writing While Still Uncertain (Susan Carter, Doctoral Writing Special Interest Group, November 27, 2015)

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students (North Carolina State University)

Write a Literature Review, Part 1* (David Taylor, University of Maryland-University College)

*Additional videos in this series are listed on the right-hand sidebar.

Mind the Gap: Helping Students Write Better Literature Reviews (Daveena Tauber, Scholar Studio Blog)

Get Lit: The Literature Review (Candace Schaefer, Texas A & M University)

Literature Reviews (The Writing Center, UNC-Chapel Hill)

Write a Literature Review (University Library, University of California-Santa Cruz)

Literature Reviews (The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Writing a Literature Review in the Arts and Humanities (USC Libraries, University of Southern California)

The Literature Review in the Social Sciences (USC Libraries, University of Southern California)

Literature Reviews in Applied Sciences and Engineering (University of Toronto)

Methodology

The Methodology in the Social Sciences (USC Libraries, University of Southern California)

Methodologies in Applied Sciences and Engineering (University of Toronto)

Results & Discussions

The Results in the Social Sciences (USC Libraries, University of Southern California)

Results and Discussions in Applied Sciences and Engineering (University of Toronto)

The Discussion in the Social Sciences (USC Libraries, University of Southern California)

Conclusions

Wrapping It Up: The Art of Conclusions (Daveena Tauber, Scholar Studio Blog)

The Conclusion in the Social Sciences (USC Libraries, University of Southern California)

Conclusions in Applied Sciences and Engineering (University of Toronto)


Academic Integrity

Citation

Quoting and Paraphrasing (The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Research and Citation Resources (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Citing Information Tutorial (UNC Chapel Hill)

How We Cite (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Why We Cite (The Writing Center, UNC Chapel Hill)

Using Sources Appropriately in Applied Sciences and Engineering (University of Toronto)

Avoiding Plagiarism

UNC Charlotte’s Academic Integrity Policy

GRAD 8990 - Academic Integrity (no credit) Online training addressing issues of academic integrity and the University's policy and procedures related to violations. Required of all new doctoral students. 

Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

If You Quote It, You Note It! (Arcadia University)

Plagiarism Tutorial (UNC Chapel Hill)

Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism, and Other Questionable Writing Practices: A guide to ethical writing (Office of Research Integrity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

 

For Multilingual Writers

Explaining U.S. Academic Integrity Standards to International Students (Heidi H. Hobbs, NC State University)

Teaching Cross-Culturally (Office of International Services, NC State University)

Global Perspective on Plagiarism (Bruce Dancik and Donald Samulack, Editage, Inc.)

Plagiarism and ESL Writers (Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University)

Style Guides:

UNC Charlotte Formatting Guidelines for Theses and Dissertations

American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Mathematical Society (AMS)

American Medical Association (AMA)

http://www.amamanualofstyle.com/

American Psychological Association (APA)

Chicago Manual of Style

Council of Science Editors (CSE)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Turabian Style


Editing and Proofreading Services

Paid editors can be useful during the final stages of writing.  The professionals listed here have been recommended by other students.  UNC Charlotte provides this list as information only.  We do not endorse or recommend any individual.

Chrysa Cullather, BS, MS, Graduate Level Editing Certificates

Chrysa Cullather

1549 Green Bay Road

Highland Park, IL 60035

(847) 681-0236 (home)

(703) 598-2429 (cell)

Email: chrysa.cullather@att.net or Web: www.chrysalis-editorial.com

BS (William & Mary), MS (GW), graduate-level editing certificates (UVA). Nearly 20 years of experience as an editor. Willing to meet with students in Chicago/Milwaukee metro areas;

however most work is done by phone and email. Consults in the following areas:  Editing and formatting. I have worked as an editor for books, journals, and grant proposals in Education, Behavioral Science, Mental health, Environmental Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Theology, Transportation, Occupational Therapy, Architecture, and Medicine/Public Health. I can provide custom table and chart formatting to APA standards. I provide formatting, proofreading, editing, revising. I maintain up-to- date manuals and guidelines to ensure compliance with style and university requirements. Works with graduate students at any time. Works in APA, Chicago Manual of Style, and AMA. Services and hourly rates: Editing $32-35/hr.  Formatting/Graphics $40 / hr.  Accepts credit cards via PayPal (2%fee), personal checks, money orders.  Uses Windows XP; Word; Excel; Pagemaker; Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator.

 

Paula J. Rosky, PhD; Editor, Writing Consultant, Grant Writer

Paula J. Rosky, PhD

941 North Mantua Street

Kent, OH 44240

(330) 235-4016

(330) 673-7392 (fax) Email: prosky@kent.edu

Able to consult/advise via e-mail, conference calls, and Skype. Can arrange for in person assistance for clients in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the Washington DC Metro areas.  Relevant experience includes 23 years in editing, consulting, and proofreading while teaching composition and literature in graduate studies.  Served as a Consultant for the National Center for Evaluation of Medical Education as an expert on AMA style guide.  Served 16 years as advisor, consultant, and grant writer for Higher Education. Previous NAGPS Board of Directors Member. Co-wrote 4 grants for the US Dept of Education. Grant reviewer for the US Dept of Educ, Health, & Human Services. Consults in the following areas: Thesis and Dissertation editing. Grant writing and reviewing. Works in the following styles: American Medical Association (AMA), APA, and MLA. Works with graduate students, post doctoral students, faculty, and others by arrangement. Services and hourly rates: Editing $35/hr. Word processing $35/hr. Writing consultation $35/hr. Grant writing $35/hr. I am willing to negotiate rates and fees. Uses MS Word 2007 and Windows 7.

 

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