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Research & Writing Support

Please join us for our Research and Writing Support professional development workshops.

Developing Research Questions

Even if you have clear research interests, developing a compelling, answerable research question can be challenging. Strong research questions both explain why it is important that they be answered, and set the stage for an organized research project/paper that answers them. This workshop will cover several brainstorming techniques for formulating research questions and will also introduce analytical tools for evaluating and refining research questions based on potential sources of evidence, existing scholarly conversations, and intended audiences.

Dates: February 11
Time: 9:00 am or 3:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Register for the 9:00 am workshop

Register for the 3:30 pm workshop

Writing Effective Thesis Statements

This webinar will address the do's and dont's of creating an effective thesis statement for research papers and other writing projects. It includes introductions to and brief exercises on thesis writing, including brainstorming, refining your approach, elements to include, and pitfalls to avoid. Whether you’re new to graduate school or writing a dissertation, this webinar will offer tips and suggestions for honing your thesis-writing technique.

Dates: February 15
Time: 10:00 am or 5:00 pm
Location: Zoom

Register for the 10:00 am workshop

Register for the 5:00 pm workshop

Creating Writing Plans

With the added demands of graduate school, such as multiple simultaneous writing assignments in numerous courses, theses, qualifying exams and dissertations, prewriting strategies can make a huge difference in developing sustainable writing practices. In this webinar, learn about how developing a writing plan can help you tackle longer projects one step at a time, allowing you more time and attention for each part. We will discuss how this can be applied during coursework as well as during the more independent post-coursework phases.

Dates: March 16
Time: 11:00 am or 6:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Register for the 11:00 am workshop

Register for the 6:30 pm workshop

Literature Reviews

As a graduate student, you will often be asked to enter into and contribute to existing bodies of work. For many grad students, this can be kind of nerve-wracking: How can you critique another scholar's work without coming across as opportunistic? What can you do to make other people recognize the value of your work or ideas? How do you stay connected to a central discussion but still pursue your own interests? The first step to entering an existing academic conversation is telling a story about that conversation—a literature review. This workshop will introduce CARS, a useful heuristic for conceptualizing the process of identifying and participating in an academic conversation.

Dates: April 7
Time: 9:00 am or 4:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Register for the 9:00 am workshop

Register for the 4:30 pm workshop

The APA Paper

This webinar will provide an overview of writing papers using the APA (American Psychological Association) citation style, which is commonly used across disciplines such as social science, psychology, economics, business, and education. We will look at examples and provide tips for using APA to correctly format your paper, including overall structure, in-text citations, and bibliographies. The webinar will also provide additional resources to help you find the information you need for any future formatting or citation questions regarding APA. We will be using the most recent manual update, APA 7 (October 2019).

Dates: April 20
Time: 10:00 am or 6:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Register for the 10:00 am workshop

Register for the 6:30 pm workshop

Writing Abstracts

Current SDSU students who are ABD are eligible to attend the weekend boot camps. Space is limited and application review is generally first-come, first-served — but we do consider other factors to ensure that as many  students as possible can participate. Proposal and Master’s thesis students will be considered after all ABD students’ applications have been reviewed.Registration opens two weeks prior to each session.*

Dates: April 28
Time: 11:00 am or 4:00 pm
Location: Zoom

Register for the 11:00 am workshop

Register for the 4:00 pm workshop

Weekend Dissertation Bootcamp 

Current SDSU students who are ABD are eligible to attend the weekend boot camps. Space is limited and application review is generally first-come, first-served — but we do consider other factors to ensure that as many  students as possible can participate. Proposal and Master’s thesis students will be considered after all ABD students’ applications have been reviewed. Registration opens two weeks prior to each session.*

Dates: Feb 19-20 or April 23-24 
Time:
8:30 am or 4:30 pm
Location:
February, Lipinski Center
April: Scripps Cottage

Register for the February 19-20  workshop

Register for the April 23-24 workshop