December 12, 2005

Writing Assistance for Graduate Students

The University offers a number of resources to assist students (graduate and undergraduate) with writing. This link takes you to information about "Student Writing Support," which includes 45-minute, personalized consulting sessions. Writing consultants work on issues such as the following: clarity in writing, structure and organization, revision and editing strategies, and proofreading. They also have some consultants that specialize in working with non-native English speakers. This is an important free resource.

Posted by hgroteva at 10:56 PM

December 7, 2005

Another Critical Review Example

Here is another excellent critical review. It is a formal meta-analysis and is beyond the scope of what is expected for your project -- but there are many aspects of it that provide useful hints about how you might proceed with your own topic and critical review. It is available through the library e-journals. The authors are from the psychology department here at the U. The first author acknowledged support of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to do this work. (You might look into it!)

Kuncel, N.R., Hezlett, S.A., & Ones, D.S. (2001). A comprehensive meta-analysis of the predictive validity of the Graduate Record Examination: Implications for graduate student selection and performance. Psychological Bulletin, 127, 162-181.

Posted by hgroteva at 7:45 PM

December 4, 2005

Resources for Critical Review Paper

Here is an excellent outline / checklist, "The literature review: A few tips on conducting it" You can download a pdf from this site: http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/literature-review. The authors (Dena Taylor & Margaet Procter, University of Toronto), make several particularly important points:

"...the literature review must be defined by a guiding concept (e.g., your research objective, the problem or issue you are discussing, or your argumentative thesis). It is not just a descriptive list of the material available, or a set of summaries."

Also - "A literature review is a piece of discursive prose, not a list describing or summarizing one piece of literature after another. It's usually a bad sign to see every paragraph beginning with the name of a researcher."

We will be adding more to this entry as materials are discovered. Please share with us what you have found, and we'll add them. Thanks to Heather for the Toronto piece above.

Posted by hgroteva at 1:50 PM

December 3, 2005

Creating and formatting tables in Word

Click on Microsoft Office to learn how to create and format Word tables. If you prefer, you can create a table in Excel and then paste it into Word to format it. It will be much easier to make a table that conforms to APA style once you are familiar with the Word formatting instructions.

Posted by vonko002 at 3:14 PM

December 1, 2005

Surrender to the APA Manual!

Don't fight it ... just conform to the details.
"Resistance is futile" (quoth the Borg).

Posted by hgroteva at 11:12 PM