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Tweet to Stay Focused

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 | Posted in USF Writing Studio Blog: Tips, News, and Updates by dmfarrar | No Comments »

Do you ever find yourself zoning out while trying to finish your homework? It’s easy to lose focus while trying to get work done outside of the classroom. It’s even harder if that work is in a subject that doesn’t hold our interest.

Researchers at Lock Haven University recently completed a study where they asked students to Tweet about the class outside of class time. They found that students stayed more interested and engaged with the course if they were asked to “micro-blog” via Twitter on their own time.

“Professors Use Twitter to Increase Student Engagement and Grades” http://bit.ly/hWK7pF (more…)


Helpful Books for Writing Your Dissertation

Sunday, January 8th, 2012 | Posted in Dissertations & Theses by dmfarrar | No Comments »

Writing a dissertation or thesis can be a daunting task. If you’re looking for some books that may help motivate and focus you, try out a few on this list. The USF Library call number is provided as well, so check a few out!

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a list as well that you may find helpful during your writing process. http://www.library.illinois.edu/learn/tutorials/writing_tips.html

Writing the doctoral dissertation: a systematic approach.

By Gordon B. Davis, Clyde A. Parker

USF Lib: LB2369.D357

Doing your dissertation in business and management: the reality of researching and writing.

By Reva Berman Brown

USF Lib: LB2369 .B73 2006

Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: a guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis

By Joan Bolker

USF Lib:  LB2369 .B57 1998

Demystifying dissertation writing : a streamlined process from choice of topic to final text

By Peg Boyle Single ; foreword by Richard M. Reis.

USF Lib: LB2369 .S55 2009

How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

By David R. Krathwohl and Nick L. Smith

USF Lib: LB2369 .K723 2005


Common Writing Errors

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 | Posted in USF Writing Studio Blog: Tips, News, and Updates by dmfarrar | No Comments »

Welcome back everyone! To get the spring semester started off, let’s go over five common errors in writing. Keeping these straight will help you improve your writing at any level.

  1. Using e.g. instead of i.e. (and vice versa). “i.e.” roughly translates into “that is” or “in other words.” “e.g.” equates to “for example.” Mixing these up can completely alter the meaning of your sentence. Check out this site for examples of when and where to use these abbreviations: http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/eg_ie.htm
  2. Mixing up “affect” and “effect”. This one drives me crazy. Not as a reader, but because I always have to look it up when I write (so don’t worry, you’re not alone on this one). It can be a difficult thing to master since when we speak these two words often sound the same. This may help you: Affect = Verb; Effect = Noun. Try replacing it with a common noun or verb and see if the sentence still makes sense. If not, you’re using the wrong one!
  3. Not using the correct citation style OR not being consistent with your citation style. While you certainly want to be sure you are using the right style, you also want to make sure you’re not jumping back and forth between APA and MLA (or any other style). Check with your professor to see what citation style fits your career field and major. Once you know what style to use, be sure to keep it the same throughout your entire paper, report or memo. Proofread for this just as you would for grammar errors to make sure you didn’t make a mistake and change it up anywhere.
  4. Using could of, would of, and should of. This is another problem that comes from the way we speak. In everyday conversation we often say “should’ve” which we’ve translated into “should of.” The correct way to say (and write) this, however, is “should have.” Could have, would have, should have.
  5. Using an apostrophe to make a word plural. Apostrophes are great. They tell us when a word is possessive or a contraction. They help us to be clear and concise in our message. But they do not make a noun plural. To make a regular noun plural, simple add an “s”.

I hope these tips help you to fine-tune your writing this semester! Have a great spring!

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