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Upcoming Graduate/Research Write-ins (Fall 2019):

Saturday, September 28

Watson Library, 4th Floor, 10am-5pm (check-in room 410, consultations room 410A, workshops room 419)

Workshops will include:

Graduate Level Research Skills (11am-12pm): The workshop provides participants with an orientation to the resources available from KU Libraries.  Also, key databases such as Web of Science and Google Scholar are discussed, and how to find and select the best resources, as well as tips and strategies for becoming efficient and effective researchers.

Zotero (12-1pm): This workshop will teach you how to use the free citation management software Zotero to store, edit, and export references. Why use Zotero? Zotero is free, user-friendly, and efficient, making it a great tool for anyone doing research or writing papers. Specific workshop topics include: a brief overview of the software interface, how to import citations, how to edit citations, how to import PDFs and retrieve metadata for PDFs, how to build and export a library, how to export citations and whole bibliographies, and how to use Zotero with Microsoft Word.

APA Citation and Style Guide (1-2pm): This workshop will teach you the basics for citing with APA style at the graduate level. You will learn about tone, writing style, verbs, punctuation, formatting, paraphrasing, direct citations, the reference page, citing websites, and citing a source within a source.

Saturday, November 9

Watson Library, 4th Floor, 10am-5pm (check-in room 410, consultations room 410A, workshops room 419)

Workshops will include:

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting (12-1pm): This workshop will teach you quick solutions for creating your title and acceptance pages, inserting properly formatted page numbers, captioning tables, and more. If you're just starting out, you can build your own template for future use. Specific workshop topics include: general information about the thesis/dissertation process; content order, title and acceptance pages; page numbering; building an automatic table of contents using heading styles; generating a table of contents, captioning figures, equations, tables, and more; embedding fonts; converting to PDF.

Graduate Research/Write-In Overview

Write-ins provide a large block of time during which to focus, relax and get some writing done. Whether you are preparing for your comprehensive exams, writing your dissertation or dissertation prospectus, editing a paper for publication, writing a book review or fellowship application, we invite you to join us. Attendees often appreciate the opportunity to write in a community setting and the energy and helpfulness of staff from the KU Writing Center and KU Libraries.

Who should attend?

All KU graduate students are invited to spend the day writing with us.

What to expect:

Our goal is to offer a pleasant space conducive to clear thinking and effective writing. We offer an environment without distractions, one that will allow you (should you wish) to connect with other graduate students who are committed to their academic and professional writing. Staff from the KU Writing Center and from KU Libraries are also available for on-site consultations and give optional workshops on a variety of subjects.

A Typical Write-In Day:

10:00 am: Register

10:00-5:00 pm: Write, attend workshops, meet with a writing consultant and/or librarian

Special Accommodations

Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the KU Writing Center Graduate Write-In should contact Andrew Shoemaker.

If you have any questions please contact us by email at or by phone at 785-864-2399.


It was like I got a new battery. -- Jane Irungu, Write-In Alum

The most productive work that I remembered getting done... --Lee Kruger, Write-In Alum  

As a graduate student, I feel greatly encouraged and inspired. A rewarding experience. Thank you very much! Really appreciate your time and effort.

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