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12 Tips to Make Your Dissertation, Thesis, or Long Paper a Breeze 

Jin Kuwata completed his EdD without an editor and insists that anyone can. Although the Office of Doctoral Studies encourages hiring a professional editor to look over your dissertation, Jin tells us that with the right set of Microsoft Word skills, anyone can learn the tricks needed to edit their own manuscript. To master …

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The Dissertation Shared Round the World 

TC alum Nick Sousanis wrote the dissertation that has everyone at TC talking. Why? It was written as a graphic novel. Read the following excerpt from an interview Nick had for the site Confessions of an Aca-Fan where he discusses why he chose the graphic novel form and how academic dissertations can reach a broader …

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Different Forms of Dissertations 

The traditional six chapter dissertation format has stood the test of time but isn't the only way dissertations are written these days. Check out some of the creative dissertation formats that have been used by others to move the dissertation off the shelf. Three Article Dissertation The three article dissertation format has been adopted by various …

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Starting a Dissertation Writing Group 

Starting a dissertation writing group can be an excellent way to gain supportive feedback from your fellow doctoral students. These meetings can be a way of developing your skills as a writer and working through your ideas in a safe space. Before you put up the fliers it may be a good idea to think …

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5 Books to Read While You PhD/EdD 

The Craft of Research by Wayne Booth, Greg Colomb and Joseph Williams. "Although it seems to be written for undergraduates, PhD students like it for its straight forward, unfussy style. Just about every aspect of research is covered: from considering your audience to planning and writing a paper (or thesis). The section on asking research questions is an …

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3 Dissertation Comics to Make You Laugh Through the Pain 

   

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Writing a Winning Abstract 

Gabrielle Oliveira graduated with her PhD in 2015 from the Anthropology and Education program at TC after completing her dissertation, Transnational Care Constellations: Mexican Immigrant Mothers and their children in Mexico and in New York City. She worked on her dissertation for 10 years, submitted her project to many conferences, and won several grants for …

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Silly Creative Writing Prompts to Get Your Ideas Out 

Pretend you are from another decade and complain about the kids these days.  Type something into Google and write about the first thing that comes up. Open a dictionary then write a sentence about the first word you see.  Describe a day in the life of your favorite boy band member (don't lie you have …

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Dance your dissertation 

Science Magazine's annual "Dance Your Dissertation" contest challenges PhD's writing science dissertations to explain their topic through an interpretive dance. The competition has been going on for several years now and has resulted in some very entertaining dances. And the 2016 winner is... The winning dance in 2016 was based on Jacob Bruberts dissertation entitled …

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Need a Doctoral Checklist? 

Unsure of what you still have to do? Not even sure where to begin now that you're a doctoral student? Finishing your thesis and thinking "I could totally do a dissertation"? Check out our checklist below of what doctoral students have to do to get their dissertation done! Review dissertation guidelines Check in with the …

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Tips From the Writing Center You Didn’t Even Know You Needed 

We sat down with Ben Villarreal, coordinator of the TC Graduate Writing Center, to discuss the services that the Writing Center provides specifically for doctoral students, as well as any tips or advice he might have for students embarking on this demanding and exciting journey. “When is the most popular time that …

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To Pay or Not to Pay? 

Not too many people are aware of this, but many doctoral students find themselves paying to have a professional edit their dissertation. Some people on campus will wholey recommend this and tell anyone who asks to use a professional. However there is another large group who will tell you to just edit your dissertation yourself …

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Using Dissertations 

Not only do many TC students not know how to search for dissertations at Gottesman Library, many don't even know that the library has these resources available. But the library has all of the past Ed.D. dissertations written by TC students available either in hard copy or digital. (Ph.D. dissertations are available through Columbia GSAS.) All dissertations …

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