Graduate Writing Resources


Welcome to the Graduate Writing Resources page!

Whether you are looking for guidance on how to utilize a new citation style, questioning what quality writing looks like in your specific GVSU program, searching for thesis/dissertation information, or researching how to complete a writing assignment for class, the Graduate School has compiled a vast array of resources to help.

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Universal Graduate Writing Resources

Program Specific Writing Examples

Thesis/Dissertation Information

University Writing Guides and Resources

Learn how to write a grant proposal, format a citation, create a cover letter, and write other works common to graduate students. These guides may be useful for completing an array of writings tasks regardless of your graduate program.

Review outstanding examples of writing produced by GVSU faculty and students in your program.  Program specific examples have been selected from the GVSU ScholarWorks database and include capstone projects, theses/dissertations, literature reviews, case studies, and other published works.

The Graduate School has created a comprehensive webpage with the latest thesis and dissertation information including templates, guidelines, forms and other related resources. Deadlines and procedures are also featured on the page.

Access numerous guides developed at other universities from across the country. Resources include guides for writing projects you may be assigned in class, such as case studies, lab reports, analysis papers, and literature reviews.



Universal Graduate Writing Resources

Learn how to write a grant proposal, format a citation, create a cover letter, and write other works common to graduate students. These guides may be useful for completing an array of writings tasks regardless of your graduate program.

Citation Style Guides

AMA Style

APA Style

Chicago Style

CSE Style

IEEE Style

MLA Style

Vancouver Style

Scholarly Writing Materials

Conference Papers

Fellowship Proposals

Grant Proposals

Policy Briefs

Publishing Guide

Research Project Proposal

Scholarly Article Components

Professional Enhancement

Admission/Cover Letters

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Letters of Recommendation

Personal Statements

Resume/Application Letter

General Writing Resources

Avoiding Plagiarism

ESL Resources

Logical Fallacies

GRAMMARLY

Consider utilizing the free software Grammarly to grow your writing cohesion. It is more than just a spell-check tool; Grammarly can give you writing recommendations based on audience, style, emotion, and intent. Additionally, it informs the writer about text readability, sentence length, and even speaking time. Utilize the software as an add-on in your browser, Microsoft Word, or a desktop application.



Program-Specific Writing Examples

Review outstanding examples of writing produced by GVSU faculty and students in your program.  Program specific examples have been selected from the GVSU ScholarWorks database along with other submissions approved by faculty. Capstone projects, theses/dissertations, literature reviews, case studies, and other published works are included along with some program specific assignments. In many instances, written components such as abstracts, literature reviews, and tables of contents have been pulled from given theses or projects for the sake of accessibility.



College of Education and Community Innovation

College of Education and Community Innovation

Program

Writing Examples

Criminal Justice 

Thesis (1)Thesis (2)Thesis (3)Thesis (4)AbstractTable of ContentsTechnical Report

Educational Leadership

ProjectReflection

Educational Leadership: Special Education Administration

Thesis

Educational Specialist, Leadership

 ProjectReflection

Educational Technology

ThesisProject

Health Administration

Case StudyJournal Article

Higher Education

Thesis (1)Thesis (2)Thesis (3)Thesis (4)Thesis (5)Thesis (6)Thesis (7)Journal Article (1)Journal Article (2)Book Review

Higher Education: College Student Affairs Leadership

Project

Instruction & Curriculum

ProjectEducational Differentiation Paper 

Literacy Studies - Reading

Final Project (1)Final Project (2)Final Project (3)Final Project (4)Final Project (5)Final Project (6)Final Project (7)Final Project (8)Final Project (9)

Literacy Studies - TESOL

ProjectThesisArticle

Philanthropy/Nonprofit

     Leadership

 

Special Project Essay

Public Administration

Case StudyJournal Article

School Counseling

ProjectAbstractTable of ContentsLiterature Review

Social Innovation

Please contact your academic advisor or Dr. Denise Goerisch at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

Social Work

Thesis (1)Thesis (2)

Special Education

Thesis (1)Article

 

Unable to find what you are looking for? Professors and program faculty are excellent resources for questions.


College of Health Professions

College of Health Professions

Program

Writing Examples

Athletic Training

Please contact your academic advisor or Shari Bartz-Smith at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

Audiology

Please contact your academic advisor or Dr. Jennifer Smart at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

Clinical Dietetics

ThesisAbstractLiterature ReviewArticle

Medical Dosimetry

ThesisArticle

Occupational Therapy

Project #1 (Chapter Format)Project #2 (Article Format)

Physical Therapy

Research ProjectCase StudySystematic Review

Physician Assistant Studies

Thesis

Public Health

Thesis

Recreational Therapy

Please contact your academic advisor or Dr. Dawn DeVries at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

Speech-Language Pathology

Pediatric Initial Evaluation ReportGeriatric Initial Evaluation Report

 

Unable to find what you are looking for? Professors and program faculty are excellent resources for questions.


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Program

Writing Examples

Applied Statistics

Please contact your academic advisor or Dr. Robert Downer at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

Biology

ThesisBook ReviewArticleTechnical Report

Biomedical Science

Thesis (1)Thesis (2)Thesis (3)Literature ReviewArticle

Biostatistics

Please contact your academic advisor or Dr. Robert Downer at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

Cell & Molecular

     Biology

Thesis (1)Thesis (2)Journal Article

Communications

ThesisLiterature ReviewJournal ArticleCase Study

English

ThesisAbstract

School Psychology

Please contact your academic advisor or Amy Campbell at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

Water Resources Policy

Please contact your academic advisor or Dr. Mark Luttenton at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

 

Unable to find what you are looking for? Professors and program faculty are excellent resources for questions.


Kirkhof College of Nursing

Kirkhof College of Nursing

Program

Writing Examples

Nursing (DNP)

Dissertation (1)Dissertation (2)ProjectArticle (1)Article (2)Article (3) Article (4)

Nursing (MSN)

Project

 

Unable to find what you are looking for? Professors and program faculty are excellent resources for questions.


Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

Program

Writing Examples

Applied Computer Science

ProjectThesis (1)Thesis (2)Article (1)Article (2)

Cybersecurity

Please contact your academic advisor or Andrew Kalafut at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

Data Science and Analytics

Please contact your academic advisor or Dr. Paul Leidig at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

Engineering

Thesis (1)Thesis (2)Thesis (3)Thesis (4)Thesis (5)Thesis (6)Thesis (7)Thesis (8)Journal Article

Health Informatics and Bioinformatics

ProjectConference Paper

 

Unable to find what you are looking for? Professors and program faculty are excellent resources for questions.


Seidman College of Business

Seidman College of Business

Program

Writing Examples

Accounting

Please contact your academic advisor or Koleta Moore at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

Business General

Comparative AnalysisCommunity Benefits StudyThematic Analysis

Taxation

Please contact your academic advisor or Koleta Moore at [email protected] with program specific writing questions.

 

Unable to find what you are looking for? Professors and program faculty are excellent resources for questions.



GVSU Thesis and Dissertation Information

The Graduate School has created a comprehensive webpage with the latest thesis and dissertation information including templates, guidelines, forms and other related resources. You will also find a helpful Thesis and Dissertation flowchart to orient you to timetables and Committee Chair responsibilities. Deadlines and procedures are also featured on the page.

 

Make sure to look out for upcoming updates about the new Thesis and Dissertation Workshop the Graduate School has been developing on the Thesis and Dissertation Information Page as well!



University Writing Guides and Resources

Access numerous guides developed at other universities from across the country. Resources include guides for writing projects you may be assigned in class, such as case studies, lab reports, analysis papers, and literature reviews. If you are unable to find a guide for an assignment, feel free to contact the email listed at the bottom of the webpage under 'Questions' so we can add a reputable guide for future students.

Alphabetical Order

University Guides

     

A - A

Abstract

Analysis Papers

Annotated Bib. [PDF]

Annotated Bib. Guide

B - C

Book Review [PDF]

Business Plan

Case Study Analysis [PDF]

Comparative Essay [PDF]

E - L

Executive Summary

Executive Summary [PDF]

Journal/Research Article

Lab Report [PDF]

L - M

Literature Review

Literature Review [Video]

Literature Review [PDF]

Memo Writing

P - R

Poster Presentation

Proposals

Reflection Papers

Research Paper

R - S

Response Paper [PDF]

Review Essay

Scientific Manuscript/Report

 


Questions

Are you unable to find what you need or do you have suggestions for the page and its content? Contact [email protected] with any questions or requests concerning the webpage material.

PACES ResourcesThe PACES Resources page features numerous materials to prepare graduate students for their careers. The topics covered on the webpage include resources pertaining to Professionalism, Advancement, Communication, Engagement, and Success.

Statistical Consulting CenterThe Statistical Consulting Center offers assistance with project/thesis work, building models, data analysis/calculations, and interpreting results. They can also aid with designing a study or formulating a survey.

The Writing CenterThe Writing Center works closely with students who need support for any type of writing activity. They have drop-in and online appointments available, as well as availability on both the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses.

The contents of this webpage are purposed to act as general guides for GVSU graduate students in their classes. No material from this webpage is intended to replace or override faculty expectations on assignments. Always consult your professor when you have questions.



Page last modified January 10, 2023