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Graduate Research/Write-In

Register for
Lawrence Write-In
 Register for
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, September 20th
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Watson Library, Fourth Floor

The following workshops will be offered at this event:

  • APA Citation and Style Guide: 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, tables, and citing a source within a source.
  • EndNote: Building Your Library and Cite While You Write: EndNote is a reference management application that academic writers can use to streamline and simplify the research process, then save time by creating an automatic bibliography in Word from your EndNote library. Specific workshop topics include: downloading EndNote and creating your EndNote library, adding references to the library, organizing references in the library, attaching files to EndNote references, backing up your library, using Cite-While-You-Write in Word to automatically create and update your bibliography.
  • Graduate Level Research Skills: 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.
  • Writing in the Sciences: Scientists are academic writers whose careers depend on strong publishing records and success securing grant funding. Come learn tips for presenting strong academic arguments for your research and creating clear, concise prose in manuscripts and proposals. We will discuss demonstrating relevancy of research, text organization, and the need to write for multiple audiences.

Edwards Campus (Research/Write-In)

Saturday, September 27th
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Regnier Hall, Room 369

The following workshops will be held at this event:

  • Database Research (11-11:45) (Part 1): 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 (11:45-1:15) (Part 2): 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 (1:15-2:30): 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.
  • APA Citation and Style Guide (2:30-3:30): 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, tables, 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.


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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