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Note Taking and the Writing Process

Historians take a lot of notes. I discovered my love of note taking while reading Tolkien. The detailed lists, genealogies and summaries I created as a child are still with me. I experimented with different forms of note taking back … Continue reading Continue reading

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Greetings

A new academic year brings new and retuning staff to the Writing Studio. I am a new writing consultant and have joined Megan as a contributor to this blog. My name is William Fernandez Hardin and I am a Ph.D. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Getting Over the Mid-Dissertation Slump

So there I was: it was the third week of December, and I had one more chapter to write to complete my second dissertation draft (instead of writing and revising one chapter at a time, I wrote complete and subsequent … Continue reading Continue reading

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My Dissertation Defense

About twenty hours ago, I locked the door of my apartment thinking, if all goes well, the next time I see this place, I’ll be Dr. Birdsong! Needless to say, it was at that moment that pure panic set in. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Turning Your Dissertation Chapter Into an Article

I’ve heard time and time again how important it is to “get published” before going on the job market.  But, honestly, it’s kind of scary to submit parts of your dissertation-in-progress with the possibility of its repeated (and sometimes unexplained) … Continue reading Continue reading

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Working with your Dissertation Advisor

Since the first day I met them, my dissertation co-chairs have inspired in me a mixture of awe and fear.  They’re experts in their fields, produce amazing work, and seem to get more done in a day than I can … Continue reading Continue reading

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