Writing Guides

WTS Writing Guides

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Doctoral Dissertations & Proposals
Social Sciences & Humanities

Introduces the basic concepts necessary to craft a dissertation.

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How to Write a Thesis Statement

A thesis statement expresses the central argument or claim of your essay. Learn more in this pamphlet.

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Paragraphs and Topic Sentences

Every paragraph should have a topic sentence.

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Personal Statements & Application Letters

Helpful tips for crafting a compelling personal statement or application letter.

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Plagiarism

Understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid this serious problem.

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Proofreading Grammar

Learn to proofread for errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

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Proofreading Spelling

Learn how to avoid common spelling errors.

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Taking an Essay Exam

Learn some strategies for crafting strong essays under pressure.

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Using Evidence

Learn strategies for supporting your claims and persuading your reader with evidence.

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Using Outlines

Learn to organize your ideas when researching and writing.

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Writing Abstracts

Learn how to briefly and objectively describe scholarly sources.

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Writing Book Reviews

Learn to apply analytical reading strategies to evaluate how well books accomplish their authors' intended goals.

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Writing Conclusions

Learn to explore the implications of your topic or argument in a strong ending paragraph.

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Writing Resumes & Cover Letters

Make a strong impression when applying to jobs or graduate school with a well-designed resume and cover letter.

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