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Two Workshops Next Week!!

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Curriculum Vitae & Resume Critiques

Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 12:00pm–2:30pm

Chemistry and Physics Building, Room 303

Bring your CV or Resume and have a professional take a look! Get immediate feedback on existing job application materials, such as CVs, resumes, cover letters, and statements of purpose. Or, bring your laptop computer and work one-on-one with editors throughout the session. You can arrive with a blank page, start from scratch, and leave with a CV that is application-ready. SNACKS PROVIDED!

Dissertation Writing Group

Thursday, June 27th 2013, 9:00am–12:00pm

Email for location

Do you have trouble locating a quiet place to write? Would you like to discuss your writing or organization with a trained tutor? Sign up now to work in a quiet, supportive environment that allows for intense, focused, and productive writing. A writing tutor will be available for consultation, but the purpose of this event is focused writing. No content will be presented. After registering to attend the event, email Lisa Berry ( for location information. If you do not own a laptop computer, one can be provided for you. Include this information in your email.

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Everyone Loves to Hate a Theif

The German University system has recently taken a blow as several high-ups have been accused and found guilty of plagiarism.  One such person was Germany’s Minister of Research and Education, Annette Schava:

“Rarely do political scandal and academe collide so publicly as they have now, in Europe. In February, Germany’s education minister stepped down after Heinrich Heine University, in Düsseldorf, revoked her doctorate because her thesis lifted passages from other sources without proper attribution.” The Chronicle – Feb. 2013

Several other high-ups have been accused as well.  As a result, this scandal has been associated with the quality of the German University system in general.

Wolfgang E.J. Weber, director of the Institute for European Cultural History, says his historian colleagues from elsewhere in Europe no longer consider the German system to be the gold standard. The Chronicle – Feb. 2013

For students who put their blood (probably not literally), sweat (maybe literally), and tears (definitely literally) into their theses and dissertations, this seems like sand in the face.  Imagine if you finally received a title that that took you three years to earn and now it means next to nothing. Not my idea of a good time.  Information in the digital age travels fast.  This news affects anyone who has ever received a degree from a German institution.  Its like a blemish on a record of good standing – one that may never go away despite the repeated attempts to buff it clean.

Keep this in mind the next time you cut and paste.  The worst part – this is NOT a slippery slope that I am creating as an example to scare you.  This is HAPPENING right now.  Academics across the globe are looking at Germany and thinking “What the heck happened over there?” because several of their leaders were able to get away with cheating in school.  Take a tip from American leaders – cheat on your spouse, cheat on your taxes, but do NOT cheat on your schoolwork.

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Looking Forward to Your Defense

For those of you applying for graduation and getting ready to set defense dates, I thought I would resource an article from last spring from the Chronicle of Higher Education: So You’re Defending Your Dissertation Tomorrow! The author, Gina Barreca,  states, “You’ve already won this race; now there’s nothing to do but enjoy the scenery as you cross the finish line.”

Some additional suggestions:

  • Wear comfy clothing.
  • Remember you have EARNED the right to be considered the expert in the room.
  • Bring water.  People staring at you = dry mouth.
  • Remember that part of what happens during the defense has more to do with the personalities of the faculty that you.
  • It will be over before you know it!

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Get on Board with NASA

NASA wants you! Log on to the “One Stop Shop” to apply for fellowships that include 12 months of funding and 10 weeks of research at one of NASA’s HQ locations.  Get a proposal together and have a professor review it to get the EDGE on your competition.

The application deadline is March 16, 2012.

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Paid Summer Research Experiences

Join our free webinar: Tips on Finding and Applying to Programs

When: Wednesday November 28th at 7 p.m. Eastern time (6 p.m. central  for UT Arlington peeps)

What: Short presentation + Q&A

Why: Learn how to search for and apply to paid summer research experiences, hear from recent summer research participants about their experience and advice.

Where: Register and receive log in info at

**Brought to you by  The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)**

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Word for Dissertation and Theses

New template?  No problem!  The Library is hosting a “Word for Dissertations and Theses” workshop.

When? Oct. 30 6-8pm, Central Library Room 315A

Don’t let Microsoft Word make writing your dissertation more difficult than it already is!  Learn advanced features in Word 2010 that make formatting your paper to meet Graduate School requirements a breeze.

Register NOW!!

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New Formatting Standards for Theses and Dissertations

The Office of Graduate Studies has revised the formatting standards for theses and dissertations.

Students may choose to use either the current or the new formatting standards for fall 2012 and spring 2013.  Only documents meeting the new standards will be accepted beginning in summer 2013. If you think there is even a small chance that you may need the summer term or an additional semester to complete you paper it is important that you use the NEW template.

The Office of Graduate Studies and the Central Library have created the new guidelines, along with a new template, to address the more challenging aspects of the current requirements, e.g., the insertion of 2-inch margins on new sections.

Please note: thesis and dissertation documents must be written in the proper format in order to be accepted by the Office of Graduate Studies.

New Template Guidelines

Graduation Checklist and Downloadable documents

UT Arlington’s requirements ensure that all thesis/dissertation documents have a uniform appearance and are suitable for archiving. While we are sensitive to the fact that disciplines have their own guidelines, our requirements mainly follow the guidelines provided in Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th edition.

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New RCR Workshop Added to EDGE

Who and What: Dr. Grover will present a new Responsible Conduct of Research workshop through EDGE entitled “Managing your Research Data.”  Reservations are required and lunch will be provided.  Register online through the EDGE website.

When: Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Room 303 in the Chemistry and Physics bldg. UTA Campus.

Why: The integrity of your data is the key to ensuring its utility.  Learn specific phases for working with data. Discover the best practices necessary to maintain data integrity so that your results are useful to the expansion of your field.

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Nosh, Network, and (K)nowledge

The UTA Central Library is hosting a graduate student mixer this evening from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in room 315A. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the many resources available for graduate students and to meet their specific subject librarian. Light refreshments will be served.

Reservations strongly encouraged.

Contact: Carol Byrne, 817.272.7437, for more information.

Getting Techno

The UTA Central Library TechnoScholar Workshop series provides hands-on training for students. Here are a few examples.

Copyright & Theses/Dissertations
Feb 9, 4-5 pm, Central Library, Rm. 315-A

Do you want to e-publish your thesis or dissertation? What are your rights concerning electronic publishing through the University as Research Commons and ProQuest? This seminar discusses the impact of copyright for graduate students in regard to the University archive.

RefWorks II – Super Features for Semi-Serious Student Writers!
Mar 26, 3-4 pm, Business Bldg., Rm. 136
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Go beyond the basics of RefWorks and learn how Microsoft Word and RefWork’s “Write-N-Cite” software work together to create a polished paper with minimal effort—(sorry, you’re in charge of the content, although in this session, we’ll work with a “mock” paper to show you how it all works)! Special features of RefWorks, such as Ref Grab-it and RefShare will also be introduced.

Word for Dissertations
Feb 13, 10-noon, Central Library, Rm 315-A

Don’t let Microsoft Word make writing your dissertation any harder than it already is! Learn how to use advanced features in Word 2007 to write longer documents that will make meeting the Graduate School formatting requirements a less arduous process. 2-inch margin? Table of contents? Automatic numbering of figures? No problem.

Eric the Great

This is Eric Frierson, one of the amazing Subject Librarians.