Focus on Your Success

Posted November 5, 2015

As the holiday season quickly approaches it is easier than ever to set your dissertation aside and get lost in the mix of shopping, parties, and events. While these may seem like welcome distractions, it is important to stay focused and on track. Let’s make sure that when we arrive in 2016 you have made

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Posted October 12, 2015

We may not like to be reminded of this, but being human necessarily means we will face pain at some point during our journey through this world. One cannot avoid this simple truth, be you smart or ignorant; pretty or not; rich or poor; spiritually endowed or secular. Fortunately, we know that the sooner you

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APA Fact of the Week: Vague Pronouns

Posted October 9, 2015

When writing your dissertation, focus on using precision and clarity regarding word choice and organization. Readers should not find difficulty reading the text or deciphering the meaning of the sentences. Pronouns should be limited in use, as these words often create reader confusion and ambiguity (APA6, 3.09, p. 68). Vague pronouns include: this, that, these,

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Staff Spotlight: Crystal Miller

Posted October 8, 2015

Crystal is one of our Senior Research Associates and has been a member of the Statistics Solutions Team since August of 2014. What is your personal philosophy? Make today better than yesterday! What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Literature What is your favorite thing to do? My favorite thing to do is watch horror

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APA Fact of the Week: Figure Captions

Posted October 2, 2015

A Figure caption is an explanation of the figure that is located below the actual figure and acts as a title. The caption of the figure should include: – Title – Where the figure was adapted from (if applicable) – Author(s) of the figure – Publication date – Additional source information o May need to

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APA Fact of the Week: Nouns Followed by Numerals of Letters

Posted September 21, 2015

APA Style lists various style formats to follow when writing a dissertation, some of which may not seem obvious or necessary. These formatting requirements ensure consistency and bring your writing to a more academic standard. One such example is the use of nouns followed by numerals or letters. APA6 states to, “capitalize nouns followed by

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APA Fact of the Week: Citing a Newsletter Article with No Author

Posted September 11, 2015

Throughout the research process, you may come across a source that lists no author, but still contains relevant information to your study. Instead of using “Anonymous,” identify the reference by the title article. Example Article (APA6, p. 200): Six sites meet for comprehensive anti-gang initiative conference. (2006, November/December). OJJDP News @ a Glance. Retrieved from

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Staff Spotlight: Hugo St. John III

Posted September 8, 2015

Hugo is our VP of Business Development and has been a member of the Statistics Solutions Team since November of 2014. What is your personal philosophy? Involves always questioning, never settling, and seeking personal improvement, while also trying to better those around me. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Hmm… MUSIC, good music would be

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APA Fact of the Week: Omitting and Inserting Material in Quotations

Posted September 4, 2015

If there is any confusion in the material being quoted, such as incorrect spelling, punctuation, or grammar, insert the word sic, italicized and bracketed, immediately after the error (APA6, p. 172). Example: Original Sentence: She came home, after a long day at work, just in time for her sope opera. Correct Use: She came home,

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