10 Great writing resources for grad students

April 23, 2013

Sarah Eaton blog technology researchAfter teaching “Writing Educational Research” for Master’s of Education students at the University of Calgary a number of times now, I’ve come up with a list of my top 10 favorite, free online resources for grad students, emerging scholars and educational professionals:

Basics of APA Style (Tutorial) – The tutorial is “chunked out” into 23 sections, each less than 1 minute long. In total, the tutorial is about 21 minutes long. It is highly practical and full of “how to” information.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) – One of the best online resources for APA style for students and faculty. The APA Formatting and Style Guide is particularly helpful.

APA Quick Reference Guide – Produced by the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, this quick reference guide highlights the most important points of the APA manual for students.

Academic Writing and Publishing by James Hartley – This comprehensive 209-page resource book is available free of charge to students in .pdf format. It is a must-have for grad students.

Worksheets for academic writers by Wendy Belcher – Designed to accompany Belcher’s text, Writing Your Journal Article in 12-weeks, these worksheets help writers plan and organize their writing projects.

Advice on Academic Writing from the University of Toronto -This site offers academic writers advice on topics such as planning, organizing, using sources, style, editing and more.

Outlining and Organizing Your Writing from the University of Maryland – This site has links to a number of different resources designed to help students learn how to outline and organize their writing projects.

English Grammar Handbook from the University of Athabasca – This free online e-book addresses many grammar concepts that academic writers need to know such as sentence and paragraph structure and how to avoid misusing common words in academic writing.

Graduate Writing Checklist from John Hopkins University – This handy checklist is designed specifically for graduate students to review before they hand in their papers.

Academic Writing Checklist from the University of Warwick – This checklist is more reflective in nature, challenging emerging scholars to engage in a metacognitive process about their own writing.

Academic writing takes practice and time to learn and with these free online resources to help you, it will be even easier.

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Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week(s) (Feb. 23 to March 4, 2012)

March 5, 2012

I am behind with posting some of my favorite resources. Here are my favorite resources of the past couple of weeks, curated from my Twitter account.

Ed tech resources

Technology tools for Education Majors – Prezi

18 Free Screencasting tools to Create Video Tutorials – Web Design Blog

Seriously good resources for Screencasting – Timo Ilomäki ‘s Library

How to Build Rapport With Online Teachers – by Jennifer Williamson

Fluidsurveys – Online survey tool

7 Resources for Teaching and Learning Anatomy & Physiology – from FreeTech4Teachers

7 Strategies to Make Your Online Teaching Better – Inside Higher Ed

Literacy and languages resources

Teacher resources – Noodle Tools

The Best Apps for Learning a Foreign Language – Mobiles Please Blog

The 100 ‘Greatest Books for Kids’ – USA Today

Spark Enthusiasm – Movie and video resources for teaching Spanish

Livres audio gratuits à écouter et télécharger – Free audio books for teaching French – http://www.litteratureaudio.com/

English as a second / additional language (EAL) and related resources

Canadian Newcomer Magazine – Lots of resources and info for New Canadians

Understanding Different English Accents – Daily English Activities Blog

General education resources

40 Alternative Assessments for Learning – by Charity Preston

Differentiated Instruction – Teachers Offer Help and Resources – Teachers.net

30 Online Multimedia Resources for PBL and Flipped Classrooms – 21 Century Ed Tech

Social media resources

TweetChat – An easy way to follow Twitter chats

Related posts:

Dr. Sarah’s favorite news of the week (Feb. 6-12 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 23-29, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 16-22, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 9-15, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 2-8, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 18-24, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 11-17, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 4-10, 2011)

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Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Feb. 6-12, 2012)

February 13, 2012

This past week, I was inundated with so many great articles and resources that to help you avoid getting overwhelmed, I’m dividing up my favorites of the past week into two posts: news and resources.

Here are my favorite resources of the week, curated from my Twitter account.

Ed tech resources

6 Sites to get kids excited about Google Maps – Fractus Learning

An app to create lesson plans – Tech & Learning

Web 2.0 Tools: Tools and Teacher Resources – 2Learn.ca

The Best Education Apps at FETC – by Stephen Noonoo, the Journal

Project-Based Learning for Digital Citizens – by Andrew Marcinek

Top 10 Free Online Tutoring Tools for 2012 – Edudemic

Literacy and languages resources

5 Keys to Snagging Reluctant Readers – Shelf Consumed

Open Source Language Education Resources – Yazik

ESL Literacy – Learning from Research: A Review of the Literature – Bow Valley College

General education resources

20 Must-Have Educational Resources For All Teachers – Edudemic

Social media resources

10 Tips for Creating a Social Media Policy for Your Business – by Jennifer Amanda Jones, Social Media Examiner

General resources that I thought were cool and useful

Starting and Managing a Small Business – Business Victoria (Note: Lots of great resources here for non-profits, too).

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and Study Yourself Failing – by Joshua Foer

Pretty Good – poem by Charles Osgood

Related posts:

Dr. Sarah’s favorite news of the week (Feb. 6-12 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 23-29, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 16-22, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 9-15, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 2-8, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 18-24, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 11-17, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 4-10, 2011)

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Dr. Sarah’s favorite news of the week (Feb. 6-12, 2012)

February 13, 2012

Sarah Eaton speaker education literacy keynote social media This past week, there were so many great articles and resources that came past my desk that I was almost overwhelmed. To help you avoid getting overwhelmed, I’m dividing up my favorites of the past week into two posts: news and resources.

Here are my favorite news stories of the week, curated from my Twitter account.

Social media news

German police use Facebook pictures to nab crooks – by Alice Baghdjian, Reuters

Employers, workers navigate pitfalls of social media – My Joy Online

Study: Why Do People Use Facebook? – ReadWriteWeb

Texting, social media prove problematic for teachers across the country – Laura Graff

What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media – by S. Craig Watkins

Literacy news

Caution: Not Embracing ‘Continuous Learning’ has become an Occupational Hazard – QELA

Newfoundland group wants literacy plan from the province – The Telegram

Wilsonville launches early childhood literacy program, putting free books in the hands of preschoolers– by Rachel Stark, The Oregonian

Language learning news

Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language – by Perri Klass, New York Times

Bilingual children gain better focus, literacy skills: York U study – Exchange magazine

Schools join forces to rescue languages – by Amanda Dunn, The Age

Finer points lost in Google translation – by Mark Abley, Montreal Gazette

Education news

The Future of Work for High School Grads – by Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic

Why Pay for Intro Textbooks? Rice University Announces Open Source Textbooks – by Mitch Smith, Inside Higher Ed

Teacher retention a growing Alberta problem – by Jeremy Nolais, Metro

Technology news

How Computer Games Help Children Learn – MindShift

Study: U.S. gaming population has nearly tripled in three years – by Stephanie Fogel, GamesBeat

General interest

Speaking Up Is Hard to Do: Researchers Explain Why – by Elizabeth Bernstein, Wall Street Journal

Labour shortage becoming ‘desperate’ – by Barrie McKenna, Globe and Mail

Want People to Return Your Emails? Avoid These Words  – Mashable

The Business Savvy Behind Nonprofit Success – by David LePage, Canadian Centre for Nonprofit Renewal

Related posts:

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 23-29, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 16-22, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 9-15, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 2-8, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 18-24, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 11-17, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 4-10, 2011)

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Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2012)

February 6, 2012

Here are my favorite resources of the week, curated from my Twitter account.

Social Media Resources

The art of writing great Twitter headlines – Copyblogger

Social Media News

How brands can manage Facebook comment overload – by Jason Keath, Mashable

Tweet lightly: How social media could someday affect your credit score, insurance and more – by Geoff Duncan

Twitter’s censorship policy stirs up a storm – by Jessica Guynn

Honesty is the best policy: how to stop worrying and learn to love social media – by Marcus Body

The “cancelled future” generation has gone from apathetic despair to inspired action – Adbusters

Educational Technology

40 iPad Apps For Language Learners – by Sathishkumar

Audioliterate – Stream and download audio books – by Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers

Technology Resources and News

Use Twitter to brush up on a second language – by Glen Gilmore, B2C

The worst Internet privacy scandals of all time – by Carolyn Duffy Marsan, TechWorld

Best apps and tools for serious photographers – by Kristy Korcz, GeekSugar

Why Game Designers Are Better Motivators Than Your Boss – by Bryce Christiansen

Literacy Resources

Valentine’s Day books to make your heart sing – by Gail Terp

Literacy and Language News

David Suzuki: Science literacy is good for society – by David Suzuki

Low literacy in Canada equals high costs – by June Striegler

Education News From Around the Globe

Teachers tell parents: ‘Raise your own damnded kids’ – by MamaMia

Teacher: I won’t ‘teach and shut up’ – by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

“Coming out” at school – by David Weston, The Guardian

Britain’s (lack of) language skills are hurting international growth – Real business

Canadian Education News

Canadian schools ‘falling behind with e-learning implementation’ – Virtual college

Don’t shut disabled kids out of society – Andre Picard, Globe and Mail

Related posts:

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 23-29, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 16-22, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 9-15, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 2-8, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 18-24, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 11-17, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 4-10, 2011)

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Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan.23-29, 2012)

January 30, 2012

Here are my favorite resources of the week, curated from my Twitter account.

Social Media News

Businesses grapple with evolving social media rules – by Rebecca Goldfine

Teachers warned over befriending pupils on Facebook – by Jeevan Vasagar and Martin Williams, The Guardian

Schools use social media to communicate with students, parents – by Kim Archer and Andrea Eger, Tulsa News

Teachers take to Twitter to improve craft and commiserate – by Emma Brown, The Washington Post

McDonald’s Twitter Campaign Goes Horribly Wrong #McDStories – Business Insider

Educational Technology

Four Creative Commons Photo Sites You Should Know About – from EdTech Ideas

14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging – Mrs. Ripp

Find and Translate 10,000+ newspapers – Newspapermap.com

Technology Resources and News

13 Everyday Technologies That Were First Imagined In Science Fiction – by Dylan Love, Business Insider

10 Tips for Building a Strong Online Community Around Your Startup – by Megan Berry, Mashable

Literacy Resources

Digital Literacy for Women and Girls – Alliance for Women in Media

At What Age Should Your Child Be Able To Read? – The Reading Corner

Literacy and Language News

Internet Promotes Literacy, Study Says – PC World

Learning a Second Language Protects Against Alzheimer’s – Fox News

Dissecting the bilingual brain- Insights of thinking in two languages… – EAL Teachers

International Languages Resources and News

Resources for Teaching Spanish – Language Links Wiki

Education Resources

10 great books to help you think, create, & communicate better in 2012 – Presentation Zen

Personalization vs. differentiation vs. individualization – by Barbara Bray

Education News From Around the Globe

Is Sweden’s Classroom-Free School the Future of Learning? – Good Education

Canadian Education News

Canada’s outstanding public school principals honoured by education charity – by Steve Mertl, Yahoo News

Related posts:

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 16-22, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 9-15, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 2-8, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 18-24, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 11-17, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 4-10, 2011)

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Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan.16 – 22, 2012)

January 23, 2012

Here are my favorite resources of the week, curated from my Twitter account.

Social Media Resources, Policy tools and How To’s

Managing social media complaints before they explode into Tweets, YouTube videos and Facebook shares – by Janet Cho

Social Media Policy Must Have: when are they on the clock? – by Shawn Tuma

Muscogee County Schools new social media policy discourages ‘friending,’ texting between teachers, students: Teachers urged to not communicate with students, parents on websites, texts – by Sara Pauff and Sonya Sorich

Business Insider: Our new Twitter-Facebook policy: What Do You Think? – by Henry Blodget

Hampton school board debates new social media policy – by Samieh Shalash

Social media rules for public servants ‘laughable’ – by Amy Simmons

Social Media News

25 Eye-Popping Internet Marketing Statistics for 2012 – by Pamela Vaughan

Educational Technology

Top 10 Free Online Tutoring Tools for 2012 – Edudemic

Grades 9-12 Examples: Voicethread – Voicethread4education

Top 10 Sites for Educational Apps – TechLearning.com

LibriVox – free audiobooks

Technology Resources and News

Shy students should be able to tweet their teacher in class, study finds – by Jeremy Pierce

Can Technology Help the Blog Replace the Term Paper? – New York Times

The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet – Technology Review

7 Google Search Techniques You Don’t Know Exist – Teacher Learning Community

Apple vows iBooks 2 will ‘reinvent’ school textbooks – Globe and Mail

Amazon: “Primed” to disrupt Apple’s textbook plans? – by Jason Perlow

Teachers Buzz about Apple’s Education Announcement – Globe and Mail

Literacy Resources

Books for Struggling Readers in Middle or High School – Jenna Scribbles

Literacy and Language News

How one New Brunswick school is celebrating Family Literacy Day – McAdam High

Barnes & Noble Donates Close to 1.2 Million Books To Nonprofit Organizations, Schools, Libraries And Literacy Partners All Across The U.S.A – Press Release

Pioneer of ESL, EAL in PEI, Canada celebrated by local media – The Guardian, Prince Edward Island

Library Link: We can help you give your kids the gift of literacy – by Anne Beaty, Airdire, Alberta

Church’s “Missionary Training Center” promotes international language learning – Deseret News

No Difference Between Kids’ Comprehension of Ebooks, Print Books, Study Says – School Library Journal

EAL / ESL / EFL Resources

Superb collection of ESL / EAL Learning and Teaching Resources – Alberta Education

International Languages Resources and News

Benefits of Learning a Second Language at a Young Age – Sewickley Academy

Hawaiian Language Immersion Program open to all children – by Louise Rockett, Lahaina News

Educational Leadership

7 Top Things Teachers Want from Their Principal – Connected Principals

How to Lead Effectively in Virtual Environments – by Frank Kalman

Education Resources

How can I help my (struggling) child with homework? (Part 1) – by Sylvia Hannah

New Year’s Resolutions for Children with Special Needs – Brain Balance

Education News From Around the Globe

Is Sweden’s Classroom-Free School the Future of Learning? – Good Education

Study on Teacher Value Uses Data From Before Teach-to-Test Era – by Michael Winerip, NY Times

In schools, self-esteem boosting is losing favor to rigor, finer-tuned praise – by Michael Alison Chandler, Washington Post

Everyday tasks can be teaching moments – by Kelly Pedro, London Free Press

Canadian Education News

Paul Martin says generation of Aboriginal Canadians lost – Canada.com

Medicine Hat (Alberta) school officials admit to illegal Tory donations – CBC News

Teachers’ union, province in secret talks to explore cap on work hours – by Matt McClure, Calgary Herald

Youngest students need more time in school: minister – Primary to Grade 2 students now spend four hours a day in class – CBC News

Military training, possible future for Canadian universities? – The Varsity

Related posts:

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 9-15, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Jan. 2-8, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 18-24, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 11-17, 2011)

Dr. Sarah’s favorite resources of the week (Dec. 4-10, 2011)

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