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Graduate Research/Write-In

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Upcoming Graduate/Research Write-in

Saturday, Oct. 1
10am - 5pm
Watson Library, 4th Floor

Workshops Include:

  • Graduate Level Research Skills (11am - 12pm): This 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.
  • APA Citation and Style Guide (12 - 1pm): 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 references page, citing websites, and citing a source within a source.
  • 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).​

Saturday, Nov. 1
10am - 5pm
Watson Library, 4th Floor

Workshops Include:

  • Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting (11am - 12:30pm): 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.

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

10:00-5:00 pm: Write, attend workshops, meet with a writing consultant and/or librarian


Special Accommodations

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

If you have any questions please contact us by email at or by phone at 785-864-2399.


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!

This service is available until July 28.

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

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