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Graduate Research/Write-In

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Edwards Write-In

Write-In Overview

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. You will find community with other KU graduate students, and Writing Center Staff from the KU Writing Center, KU Libraries, and the Graduate Writing Program will be available with lots of positive energy to support your writing efforts.

Who should attend?

All KU graduate students, faculty, and staff 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.

When and Where

Lawrence Campus (Research/Write-In)

Saturday, November 1st
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Watson Library, Fourth Floor

The following workshops will be offered at this event:

  • Data Management Basics (11am-12pm): This workshop will introduce some basic data management tips that you can start using today. Whether you’re managing the data output of a research team, your own project or class data, or just trying to keep your documents and other files organized, the practical skills covered here can help. Topics include creating and naming directory structures and files, maintaining documentation, backup practices, file formats for long-term storage, and an overview of research data resources available at KU.
  • Writing Academic Job Search Materials (12-1pm): This workshop is geared toward students applying for academic jobs (tenure track jobs, postdocs, community college positions, administrative positions in higher education, etc.). It will provide a basic introduction to how to structure and write the academic cover letter, writing sample, teaching statement, and research statement. Because of its academic focus, this presentation will less useful for students interested in positions outside academia.
  • Writing the Literature Review (1-2pm): The literature review is a core component of academic writing in which you show how your work is informed by previous scholarship and builds upon it. Come learn tips for structuring the review and avoiding major organizational pitfalls. We will discuss staying organized while reading, defining key terms, working with the literature on theory and context, and demonstrating how your research helps fill a scholarly gap.
  • Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting (2-3:30pm): This workshop will teach you quick solutions for creating your title and acceptance pages, inserting properly formatted page numbers, captioning tables, and more. if you're just starting out, you can build your own template for future use. Specific workshop topics include: general information about the thesis/dissertation process; content order, title and acceptance pages; page numbering; building an automatic table of contents using heading styles; generating a table of contents, captioning figures, equations, tables and more; embedding fonts; converting to PDF.

Edwards Campus (Research/Write-In)

Saturday, November 8th
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Regnier Hall, Room 369

The following workshops will be held at this event:

  • Database Research (10:30-11:30am): This session will begin with some specifics on how to get the most out of research using the libraries’ databases: how to find the databases that cover your subject; how to find full text articles when the database has only abstracts; how to request specific articles from the library if you can’t find them. We’ll also look at e-journals: how to find them and search them. And, to wrap the session up, we’ll take a look at how to find books via the online catalog and how to have them delivered to the KU library of your choice.
  • EndNote Citation (11:45am-1:15pm): During the second session, 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).
  • Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting (1:15-2:30pm): This workshop will teach you quick solutions for creating your title and acceptance pages, inserting properly formatted page numbers, captioning tables, and more. if you're just starting out, you can build your own template for future use. Specific workshop topics include: general information about the thesis/dissertation process; content order, title and acceptance pages; page numbering; building an automatic table of contents using heading styles; generating a table of contents, captioning figures, equations, tables and more; embedding fonts; converting to PDF.
  • Writing Academic Job Search Materials (2:30-3:30pm): This workshop is geared toward students applying for academic jobs (tenure track jobs, postdocs, community college positions, administrative positions in higher education, etc.). It will provide a basic introduction to how to structure and write the academic cover letter, writing sample, teaching statement, and research statement. Because of its academic focus, this presentation will less useful for students interested in positions outside academia.
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?

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