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Surviving Your Candidacy/Comprehensive Exam
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This workshop will examine the purpose of candidacy/comprehensive exams and include strategies to consider as you prepare for them and write your answers. You will have the opportunity to ask program-specific questions and seek one-on-one assistance from the presenters. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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Writing Your Thesis/Dissertation Proposal
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This workshop will examine the general characteristics of a proposal, the proposal defense process, and the steps for applying for an IRB if it is necessary for the research project. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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You’ve been admitted as an International Graduate Student, now what’s next?
Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
**ONLINE** Congratulations on your admissions. Do you know what you need to submit to move forward? Join The Graduate School staff as well as the Director of International Admissions to hear of your next steps. Come with questions or just come and listen to prepare yourself to join the Huskie Family.
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How to Avoid Plagiarism
Monday, August 29, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This workshop will examine what plagiarism is, how it happens, and the academic/professional consequences. More importantly, it will clarify the differences between direct quotations vs. paraphrasing and provide information about how to use, and acknowledge, sources. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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Find The Most-Cited Literature on Your Topic
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
ONLINE: Have you ever tried to find the most-cited literature on your topic? What does “most-cited” mean? In this workshop, you will define “highly cited” literature, critique the academic publishing systems which track citations, and find the most-cited literature on your topic using tools like the Scopus and Google Scholar.
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Unpacking and Managing Research Articles and Other Sources
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This interactive workshop models strategies for you to read, understand, and use stacks of material effectively to frame and design a research paper or study. It will also demonstrate how to use a reference management system like Mendeley to help you organize the content you generate. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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Learning to Play Well with Others: Working with Your Thesis/Dissertation Committee
Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This workshop will discuss how to work with your committee, including member selection, dynamics, expectations, and feedback as well as general strategies for success. It will also discuss how to communicate with your committee according to academic and professional standards, including through email and collaborative platforms. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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How to Write the Introduction to Your Thesis/Dissertation
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** You have picked a topic and a focus, but now you have to begin framing how you envision your research. The introduction sets the stage for the entire study, so this workshop will demystify the difference between a problem statement and the significance of the study. It will also explain why you need to define the terms and establish a general direction for the theoretical framework and the methodology. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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How to Write Your Literature Review for Your Thesis/Dissertation
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** How skilled are you in writing a literature review? You don't want to miss this popular and practical workshop designed to provide you with strategies for how to write a review as well as tips for organizing and presenting your sources. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek one-on-one assistance from the presenter. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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Find The Most-Cited Literature on Your Topic
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
ONLINE: Have you ever tried to find the most-cited literature on your topic? What does “most-cited” mean? In this workshop, you will define “highly cited” literature, critique the academic publishing systems which track citations, and find the most-cited literature on your topic using tools like the Scopus and Google Scholar.
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From Notes to Quotes: Note-taking Strategies for a Literature Review
Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
**ONLINE** **ONLINE** Reading sources effectively is a good first step to producing a literature review, but if you do not take efficient notes, you may find yourself returning to the same materials over and over again. This workshop will offer a range of strategies to help you work smarter, not harder, when it comes to your note-taking practices. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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The Most Common Errors in Theses and Dissertations
Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This presentation will identify the most common format, punctuation, and grammar mistakes seen in theses and dissertations. Carolyn Law, Thesis/Dissertation Advisor, will give detailed examples of each type of error as well as easy-to-understand tips and techniques to avoid or correct them. Registration required.
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How to Write Your Methods Section for Your Thesis/Dissertation
Monday, September 12, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** A methodology section describes how data will be collected and analyzed so it can be assessed and replicated by peers/mentors, so this workshop will examine how to select and present the research design as well as how to use academic sources to support your choices. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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International Graduate Admissions Info Sessions: What’s involved in the application process?
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
**ONLINE** Are you interested in a graduate program at Northern Illinois University? Maybe you have inquired or even started your application, but would you like to know what is involved in the admissions and application process for an international student? Join this session to learn more from The Graduate School admissions staff team about the admissions process for an international graduate student. Come with your questions!
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Introduction to Zotero for Citation Management
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
ONLINE: This session will introduce you to the basics of Zotero, a free citation management application that can help keep your research organized and can generate citations and bibliographies from your sources. This workshop is for anyone new to citation management software or with limited familiarity with Zotero.
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How to Write the Findings Section for Your Thesis/Dissertation
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** You have collected your data! But now you have to (re)present them in your dissertation/thesis – how do you do that? This workshop examines options for shaping your results chapter(s) and showcasing the findings in conjunction with existing research in the discussions and implications sections. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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How to Write Your Conclusions for Your Thesis/Dissertation
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** You have your findings! You know what you want to say based on your beliefs! Why isn’t that enough? This workshop will offer strategies on how to frame an argument and incorporate the outside sources to connect your ideas to the existing scholarship – AKA the final chapter of your dissertation. It will offer tips on how to organize and write about the sources to place your ideas into the larger field. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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Top 10 Survival Strategies to Finishing the Thesis/Dissertation
Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This workshop highlights how to balance your work, life, and academic responsibilities to push through to completion. It will consider establishing and following schedules, breaking projects into workable segments, and the importance of including rewards to keep yourself motivated. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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Introduction to Zotero for Citation Management
Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
ONLINE: This session will introduce you to the basics of Zotero, a free citation management application that can help keep your research organized and can generate citations and bibliographies from your sources. This workshop is for anyone new to citation management software or with limited familiarity with Zotero.
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Advanced Zotero for Citation Management
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
ONLINE: This session will introduce you to some of the advanced features of Zotero, a free citation management application that can help keep your research organized and can generate citations and bibliographies from your sources. This workshop is for anyone who is already using or is already familiar with Zotero.
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APA 7 – In-text Citations
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This interactive workshop will focus on improving your understanding of how to use APA, the most commonly used documentation style at NIU, when incorporating sources into your writing. In addition, you will delve into other elements that often appear in graduate work. Tools like reference management system plugins and shortcuts in Microsoft Word will also be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to bring their work or specific questions (including other documentation styles) to maximize the workshop’s effectiveness. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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APA 7 - References
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** This interactive workshop will focus on improving your understanding of how to use APA (7th ed.), the most commonly used documentation style at NIU, to track sources on your references page. Tools and shortcuts like citation generators, research management systems, and Microsoft Word will also be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to bring their work or specific questions (including other documentation styles) to maximize the workshop’s effectiveness. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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You’ve been admitted as an International Graduate Student, now what’s next?
Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
**ONLINE** Congratulations on your admissions. Do you know what you need to submit to move forward? Join The Graduate School staff as well as the Director of International Admissions to hear of your next steps. Come with questions or just come and listen to prepare yourself to join the Huskie Family.
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Advanced Zotero for Citation Management
Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
ONLINE: This session will introduce you to some of the advanced features of Zotero, a free citation management application that can help keep your research organized and can generate citations and bibliographies from your sources. This workshop is for anyone who is already using or is already familiar with Zotero.
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Your Privacy Matters
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
ONLINE: This workshop will teach you how social media, websites, and even research tools track and sell your data. You will learn techniques that can keep your information private and reduce your digital footprint (the trail of data you leave behind on the internet).
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What do you mean my writing isn’t perfect?!? Revision Strategies for Graduate Students
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** A long weekend, a few late nights, more coffee than is probably good for you, and finally, finally, you have your draft, and it is perfect...or so you think. In reality, with larger projects likes theses or dissertations, the strategies that help you write shorter papers in a single sitting (or two) often do not work, and you will typically need to expand on, clarify, develop, refocus, or connect your work in different ways. This workshop will discuss revision strategies to help you reorganize the material you know into a format your readers can follow. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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Your Privacy Matters
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
ONLINE: This workshop will teach you how social media, websites, and even research tools track and sell your data. You will learn techniques that can keep your information private and reduce your digital footprint (the trail of data you leave behind on the internet).
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Commas, colons, and semicolons are interchangeable, right? Addressing Common Grammar Mistakes
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
**ONLINE** Typos, who vs. whom, dangling modifiers, split infinitives, active vs. passive voice, concision. This workshop will discuss effective proofreading strategies, address common grammar issues, and identify useful resources to help you clearly explain your work to others. This effort is sponsored by NIU’s Writing Center; for more information, contact hasc@niu.edu.
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Demystifying the Submission Process
Monday, October 3, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This presentation is for graduate students preparing to submit a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School for December 2022 and May 2023 graduation. Carolyn Law, Thesis/Dissertation Advisor, will walk students through the steps of the process: defense, electronic submission, and final approval. Registration required.
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Archival Literacy and Primary Source Research Across Disciplines
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Location: Online
ONLINE: Archival resources are varied, dynamic, and relevant to a range of disciplinary research that relies on access to historic and contemporary information. This workshop will help graduate students from all disciplines use archival collections, while delving into how to locate, understand, and utilize primary source materials in their research.
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Tables, Figures, Pagination
Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
**ONLINE** This presentation is designed to assist thesis and dissertation writers to comply with the Graduate School requirements for tables, figures, and pagination. Thesis Office staff will cover the specific format requirements and demonstrate helpful techniques and shortcuts in Microsoft Word. Registration required.
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International Graduate Admissions Info Sessions: What’s involved in the application process?
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
**ONLINE** Are you interested in a graduate program at Northern Illinois University? Maybe you have inquired or even started your application, but would you like to know what is involved in the admissions and application process for an international student? Join this session to learn more from The Graduate School admissions staff team about the admissions process for an international graduate student. Come with your questions!
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You’ve been admitted as an International Graduate Student, now what’s next?
Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
**ONLINE** Congratulations on your admissions. Do you know what you need to submit to move forward? Join The Graduate School staff as well as the Director of International Admissions to hear of your next steps. Come with questions or just come and listen to prepare yourself to join the Huskie Family.
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You’ve been admitted as an International Graduate Student, now what’s next?
Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
**ONLINE** Congratulations on your admissions. Do you know what you need to submit to move forward? Join The Graduate School staff as well as the Director of International Admissions to hear of your next steps. Come with questions or just come and listen to prepare yourself to join the Huskie Family.
Register Now!

International Graduate Admissions Info Sessions: What’s involved in the application process?
Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
**ONLINE** Are you interested in a graduate program at Northern Illinois University? Maybe you have inquired or even started your application, but would you like to know what is involved in the admissions and application process for an international student? Join this session to learn more from The Graduate School admissions staff team about the admissions process for an international graduate student. Come with your questions!
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International Graduate Admissions Info Sessions: What’s involved in the application process?
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
**ONLINE** Are you interested in a graduate program at Northern Illinois University? Maybe you have inquired or even started your application, but would you like to know what is involved in the admissions and application process for an international student? Join this session to learn more from The Graduate School admissions staff team about the admissions process for an international graduate student. Come with your questions!
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International Graduate Students: Are you prepared for the Fall semester?
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
**ONLINE** Congratulations on your admissions. You have been admitted and have requested for your immigration document. Are you prepared to enter the U.S. and start the fall semester? Join the Director of International Admissions as well as the International Student and Scholar Services staff to hear of your next steps to ensure that you are ready when entering the U.S. Come with questions or just come and listen to prepare yourself to join the Huskie Family
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