Category Archives: Academic writing

APA 7 – Citations and References

Many universities are transitioning from APA 6 to 7, which is a learning curve for educators and students alike. Learning in chunks is the best approach as opposed to dealing with all 395 pages of the latest APA manual. I’m … Continue reading

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Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks

Last week I briefly chatted with Madeline Walker, the co-ordinator at UVic’s Centre for Academic Communication, about the differences between a conceptual framework and a theoretical frame. Madeline captured our conversation and recently posted it on the Graduate Student Writers’ … Continue reading

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Creating an Outline Using Margin Notes

Knowing the narrative of a section of a dissertation is important before sitting down at the computer. I usually have the narrative, or flow, of a piece in my mind and don’t map it out. I’m very fortunately that I’m … Continue reading

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Writing Accountability

November was a very productive month as I move closer to completing my masters of education thesis. On Twitter I discovered a group of academic writers using the hashtag #AcwriMo (short for academic writing month). As I began following the … Continue reading

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Writing Tip: Literature Review Word Selection

I recently wrote the literature review chapter for my master’s thesis. While it wasn’t the first research lit review I’d written, it had been a few years and I was, admittedly, more than a bit rusty. Feedback from my supervisor … Continue reading

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