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Graduate Research/Write-In

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Lawrence Write-In
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Edwards Write-In

Graduate Research/Write-In Overview

Write-ins provide a large block of time during which to focus, relax and get some writing done. Whether you are preparing for your comprehensive exams, writing your dissertation or dissertation prospectus, editing a paper for publication, writing a book review or fellowship application, we invite you to join us. Attendees often appreciate the opportunity to write in a community setting and the energy and helpfulness of staff from the KU Writing Center and KU Libraries.

Who should attend?

All KU graduate students are invited to spend the day writing with us.

What to expect

Our goal is to offer a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking and effective writing. We offer an environment without distractions, one that will allow you (should you wish) to connect with other graduate students who are committed to their academic and professional writing. Staff from the KU Writing Center and from KU Libraries are also available for on-site consultations and give optional workshops on a variety of subjects.

Writing consultants. Research consultants. Data management consultants. Staff from the KU Writing Center and KU Libraries will be on hand for one-on-one meetings. We also try to help you with your writing and research needs by offering a variety of workshops. See below for details.

A Typical Write-In Day:

10:00 am: Register

10:30-11:00 am: Attend opening session and kick start your productivity with some freewriting

11:00-5:00 pm: Write, attend workshops, meet with a writing consultant and/or librarian

When and Where

Lawrence Campus (Graduate Research/Write-In)

Saturday, Feb. 6
10am - 4pm
Watson Library, Room 455

The following events will be held:

  • Freewriting (10:30-11am): Jumpstart your day and increase your productivity as you follow free writing prompts to get your writing off to an effective, energetic start.
  • Graduate Level Research Skills (11am-12pm): The workshop provides participants with an orientation to the resources available from KU Libraries.  Also, key databases such as Web of Science and Google Scholar are discussed, and how to find and select the best resources, as well as tips and strategies for becoming efficient and effective researchers.
  • Publishing Journal Articles (12-1pm): Come learn from KU Writing Center staff about writing journal articles for publication. This graduate student workshop will cover how to choose a journal for publication; how to analyze the tone, structure, and scope of articles in that journal; and how to tailor your article accordingly.
  • EndNote Citation (1-2:30pm): We’ll go over the specifics of EndNote, a citation management software that is free to all KU graduate students. We’ll show you how to download the software to your computer and then how to download citations from databases directly into EndNote. We’ll take a look at how EndNote can be used as a research manager for your notes, PDF copies of articles and downloaded images, tables and charts. We’ll also take a look at how to use the citation power of EndNote within the text of your Word documents (Cite-While-You-Write).

Edwards Campus (Graduate Research/Write-In)

Saturday, Feb. 20
10am - 4pm
Regnier 369

The following events will be held:

  • Research Skills (11am-12pm): Participants will learn when and how to Google and when and how to use library resources. We will discuss and practice research strategies to quickly obtain and use the information you need to finish your latest project and the semester. Participants are encouraged to bring research questions and course assignments to work on during the workshop
  • EndNote Citation (12-1:30pm): We’ll go over the specifics of EndNote, a citation management software that is free to all KU graduate students. We’ll show you how to download the software to your computer and then how to download citations from databases directly into EndNote. We’ll take a look at how EndNote can be used as a research manager for your notes, PDF copies of articles and downloaded images, tables and charts. We’ll also take a look at how to use the citation power of EndNote within the text of your Word documents (Cite-While-You-Write).
  • APA Citation and Style Guide (2-3pm): This workshop will teach you the basics for citing with APA style at the graduate level. You will learn about tone, writing style, verbs, punctuation, formatting, paraphrasing, direct citations, the reference page, citing websites, and citing a source within a source.

If you have any questions please contact us by email at writing@ku.edu Or by phone at 785-864-2399.

Special Accommodations

Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the KU Writing Center Graduate Write-In should contact Terese Thonus.


Testimonials

It was like I got a new battery. -- Jane Irungu, Write-In Alum

The most productive work that I remembered getting done... --Lee Kruger, Write-In Alum  

As a graduate student, I feel greatly encouraged and inspired. A rewarding experience. Thank you very much! Really appreciate your time and effort.

Quick Question?

Not sure how to cite a source in a particular style? Want to double-check punctuation in a sentence?    Ask a writing consultant! Allow 24 hours for a response.

Do you have a question about the Writing Center or our services? E-mail us.

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