Author Archives: Francesca Gacho

Best Practices for Group Writing

Writing with a group can be challenging. How do you create a document or project that takes into account everyone’s ideas, reconciles what could be different “writerly voices,” and evenly distributes the work of researching, drafting, and editing? Though there are … Continue reading

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Quick Guide: Asking for Letters of Recommendation via Email

The Spring semester is prime time for internship applications, which typically means students are requesting letters of recommendation from professors, mentors, and other professional networks. The infographic below from the Claremont McKenna’s Center for Writing and Public Discourse outlines some … Continue reading

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A Quick Guide to the APA Publication Manual 7th Edition

The American Psychological Association recently updated its publication manual for its 7th edition. There are some new and updated content regarding paper elements and format, bias-free language guidelines, in-text citations (including guidelines to avoid over-citation), and more than 100 examples of … Continue reading

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Changes to Appointment System Starting Spring 2019

Starting Spring 2019, requests for appointments with the Graduate Writing Coach will be switching from Doodle to Google Calendar. This will allow students to more clearly see the available appointment times and allow for instant confirmation of requests and/or cancellations. … Continue reading

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Writing the Literature Review

Writing the Literature Review (LR) can take different paths, but strong LRs show the reader from what previous knowledge the research questions emerge, what current scholars have found related to your RQ, and how existing literature informs the theoretical framework … Continue reading

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Starting the Literature Review

Here is a handy infographic on how to start the literature review research process. Recommended Sources USC Library Guide. The literature review. Organizing your social sciences research paper. http://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/literaturereview Feak, C. & J. Swales. (2012). Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature … Continue reading

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Missing info for your APA reference? Here’s a guide for what to do!

Not sure who wrote the report you found on a government website or corporate webpage? Missing dates of publication or other important information? Here’s a guide to adapting the information you do have to APA citation style from the APA Style … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block and Writing Anxiety

For many students, writing assignments and projects can be intimidating and frustrating. “Writer’s block” or “writing anxiety” are phrases typically used to describe one’s nervousness or pessimistic feeling about writing. As Keith Hjortshoj (2001) finds, writing blocks and writing anxieties … Continue reading

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Writing Bootcamp for PhD Students

Writing Bootcamp is a writing-intensive, distraction-free, one-day event intended for writers who need the final push to complete a long-term writing project. The Writing Bootcamp is an intentional, goal-oriented event that requires writers to establish goals in the beginning of … Continue reading

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PhD Writing Groups starting June 20th

Working on a long paper such as a proposal, dissertation, or an article for publication or conference? Planning to use the summer to start/work on/complete major writing projects? Sign up for a monthly summer writing group. Francesca Gacho, the School … Continue reading

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