The Scholarly Way

Tools for the Scholarly Journey: TCC Episode 22writing tools

By Daniel Hansen

Today's Episode

  1. Project Management
    • Microsoft Project
    • Microsoft Outlook - Tasks Feature
  2. Editing
    • Grammarly
    • WhiteSmoke
  3. Citations and References
    • Citation Machine
    • EndNote
    • Zotero
  4. Productivity
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking
    • Scrivner
    • Copernic Summarizer
  5. Collaboration
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • Skype
    • FreeConferencing.com
  6. Tools
  7. Books

Project Management

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project delivers a visually enhanced way to effectively manage a wide range of projects and programs. Each milestone at Walden can be captured to help you be more productive and visualize your path.

Microsoft Outlook - Tasks Feature

Consider Tasks as your To-Do list. As you work on Tasks in your list, you can update the percentage of work done on each project.

Editing

Grammarly

Grammarly is an automated grammar and writing revision tool for academic writing. Grammarly will not edit your work for you; it is up to you to incorporate Grammarly's feedback and decide what suggestions are most appropriate.

http://www.grammarly.com/

WhiteSmoke

WhiteSmoke corrects and enhances your English writing. It allows you to perform advanced grammar checking, style checking, and spell checking on your texts, in a single click.

http://www.whitesmoke.com/

Citations and References

Citation Machine

Citation Machine uses an easy to use 3 step process to create your citations, 1) Choose your style, 2) Search, and 3) Edit and Create. Citation Machine helps you properly credit the information that you use in your research.

http://www.citationmachine.net/

EndNote

EndNote for Windows and Apple is a valuable all-in-one tool that integrates your references into one program. EndNote searches databases on the Internet and organizes all your images, PDFs and other files as you write.

http://endnote.com/

Zotero

Zotero is reference management software. Zotero is used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. Works with Mozilla FireFox.

http://www.zotero.org/

Productivity

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Tell your computer what you want to do, such as "Delete line," "Copy that," or "Open Microsoft Word," and Dragon will complete the task. The Dragon Sidebar lets you see helpful voice commands and tips at anytime without interrupting what you’re doing. You can also convert voice file to text.

http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm

Scrivner

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allow you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents, including the dissertation and . While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

Copernic Summarizer

Copernic Summarizer analyzes text and creates a document summary as short or as long as you want it to be. Simply drag a file, text selection, or hyperlink onto the Floating Bar bar and it will be summarized quickly and easily. When you insert a website link, Copernic Summarizer is able to summarize the page according to your specifications. A file (word, pdf, etc.) can be inserted as well. Copernic Summarizer is able to summarize the page according to your specifications

https://www.copernic.com/en/products/summarizer/

Collaboration

Dropbox

Store your stuff anywhere. Free 2 GB of drive space. Easy to share files.

Dropbox.com

Google Drive

Store and Share your files. Free 25 GB of storage. Easy to share files.

http://drive.google.com

Skype

Calling, seeing, messaging and sharing with others – wherever they are.

http://www.skype.com/

FreeConferencing.com

Free full-featured conferencing. Call, see, message and share with others

http://www.freeconferencing.com


Technical Toys


Books

Dissertation And Scholarly Research: Recipes for Success: A Practical Guide to Start And Complete Your Dissertation, Thesis, or Formal Research Project by Marilyn K Simon Ph.D. and Jim Goes Ph.D.

The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation by Carol M. Roberts

Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral by Joan Bolker

Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond by Patricia Gosling and Lambertus D. Noordam

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Tools for Your Scholarly Journey

5 Cs of the Scholarly Way: TCC Episode 21henrydavidthoreau106041

Today's Episode

  • Mission to Save Kids Lives
  • What is the Scholarly Way
  • 5 Cs of the Scholarly Way

Mission to Save Kids Lives!

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What is the Scholarly Way

Scholarly (2014) is concerned with or related to formal study and/or research while posessing the characteristics of a scholar

Scholar (2014) is a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it.

The scholarly way is not only about having or showing knowledge, learning, or devotion to academic research but also living a way that promotes good health, faith, family, and displaying the 5 Cs of the scholarly way.

5 Cs of the Scholarly Way

  1. Curiosity - a keen sense of wonder, looking at life without filters, and seeing things in unusual ways
  2. Confidence - Know that you know. You are the expert and people will look to you as a leader.
  3. Courage - Have a fighter's mentality. Never give up attitude. Be Persistent.
  4. Commitment - Commit to the process no matter how long it may take. Keep your promise to yourself and others.
  5. Connectedness - Connect with mentors, instructors, students, and other scholars. You can do this through social media or reading scholarly articles and journals.

References:

Scholar. (2014). Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scholar

Scholarly. (2014). Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scholarly

The Beginning of My Dissertation JourneyThe Maroon  Bells

It all started in 2005, while I attended DeVry working on my masters in Network and Communications Management with an emphasis in eCommerce. During that time, while I was working on my masters, a friend of mine, Ron born in Thailand, and I started translating the FDA handbook from English to Thai. We met at his computer store on the Southside of Chicago frequently. We completed the project at the end of 2006. The Thai government paid for us to go there as a thank you for doing this project.

My buddy had connections at a university there. Long story short, they invited me to share my knowledge from not only my masters degree but also one of my previous jobs programming touch screen kiosks. I gave four presentations, in Thailand, on network protocols, kiosk design, wireless communications, and teleconferencing at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok. It was because of this experience that I decided to get my doctorates degree. While there, I also consulted with the university on kiosk designs to be used for processing government forms filled out by citizens from the various provinces. It was exciting sharing my knowledge and expertise. Now I want to do more of it.

In 2008, I decided to enroll at Walden University where I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a specialization in Information Management Systems. As of the writing of this section, I’m in the proposal phase of the dissertation process. My Prospectus and Dissertation committee were approved by Walden. All my classes and KAMs have been completed which means I'm finally ready to get the dissertation done. Now the real journey begins.

Bolker (1998) suggested that you own your dissertation and responsible for getting it from conception to birth; you get there by whatever process works for you. It is by sharing my journey through the dissertation process and beyond, that I can help you get through yours. I am in service to you and will help any way possible.

References:

Bolker, J. (1998). Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: A guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis. USA: New York, NY.

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Why I Decided to Write This BookThe Scholarly Way

I have way too many book and screenwriting projects started and not finished. I'm also working on my dissertation. The dissertation was the primary reason for writing this book. I want to help students like me get through the PhD program and the dissertation process. I'll be looking at best practices, risks, risk mitigation, personal development, health, faith, and how I'm making it through the dissertation process.

I have never been the best student in traditional learning environments. It wasn't until I went to DeVry University and Keller Graduate School that I realized that I excelled in courses that were hands-on. I always thought I had a learning disability. In high school I had counselors that suggested that I'd never get into college, especially after my ACT scores came back.

My ACT's we dismal a whopping 13 and even worse the second time. The one thing I had going for me was my passion for technology and the way the mind worked; even though I didn't see my first computer until my sophomore year in college. I got a minor in psychology and became a certified clinical hypnotherapist in 1988.

In 1991 I left my father-in-laws investment firm and opened my hypnosis and wellness center. Seven months later I lost that and was forced to go back to work in the real world. During that time I was also the first hypnotist that I knew to own a computer. I then went back to school in 1993 part-time at DeVry where I got my Bachelors in Computer Information Systems.

I received my Masters Degree in Network & Information Management focusing in e-Commerce from DeVry University. The focus of my studies were online collaboration, social networking and database management. I decided to get my doctorates degree after giving presentations on network protocols, kiosk design, wireless communications, and teleconferencing at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, Thailand. While there, I consulted with the university on a kiosk design to be used for processing government forms filled out by citizens faster from the various provinces.

This experience has changed my life. That is why I decided to write this book.

The Scholarly Way: TCC Episode 20The Scholarly Way

Today's Episode

  • The Scholarly Way
  • Why I'm Writing It

The Scholarly Way

The Scholarly Way will be about how I'm making it through the dissertation process.

Area to be covered:

  • Best practices
  • Risks and risk mitigation
  • Personal development
  • Health
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Anything else I can think of that will help you.

Challenges I faced:

  • Learning style
  • Study habits
  • TIme Management

The Scholarly Way was inspired by The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) by Chris Hardwick, Dissertation and Scholarly Research: Recipes for Success: 2013 Edition by Marilyn K Simon Ph.D. (Author), Jim Goes Ph.D. (Author), Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker, The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation by Carol M. Roberts, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz, and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Other books that helped make this works possible: How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time by Nina Amir and Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should: Updated Second Edition by David Gaughran.

Why I'm Writing It

I have way too many book and screenwriting projects started and not finished. I'm also working on my dissertation. The dissertation was the primary reason for writing this book. I want to help students like me get through the PhD program and the dissertation process.

I plan on writing two or three posts a week, God willing. I don't see the book as a very long one, therefore  I'm hoping it won't take too long to finish it.

This will  be my first draft. I'm  not a professional editor, although I’ll be reading through each post at least once, doing a spellcheck, and then hit “publish.” If there are typos or grammatical errors, I’ll catch those later. That's what editors are for.

Special Thanks to:

Dr. Walter McCollum my Walden University mentor and dissertation chair

Dr. Antony Lolas of my dissertation committee

Marilyn K Simon for her expertise and support for research design

Dr. Latrice Walker for her mentorship outside Walden (Walden Graduate)

Dr. Brandon Hamilton for his mentorship outside Walden (DeVry University)

Those Who Encouraged Me to Launch this Project:

K.M. Weiland of the Helping Writers Become Authors Podcast for her support and guidance as a writer

Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn Podcast for her support and guidance as a writer

Nina Amir, author of the How to Blog a Book, for her book that made me seriously think about launching this book project.

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The Dissertation Process: Recipes for Success

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Today's Episode:

  • My progress
  • Recipes for Success
  • P.R.O.C.E.E.D.

Weekly progress:
Date: Feb. 11 - 17, 2013

Name: Dissertation Writing

Topic: Chapter 1

Milestones: Started writing chapter 1

Summary: Setup outline, table of contents, Background ,Problem Statement, Purpose Statement, Significance of the Study, Nature of the Study, Research Questions, Theoretical Framework, Definitions (limited to just chapter 1 not whole dissertation yet), Scope, Limitations, and Delimitations.

Risk: None

Risk Mitigation Strategy: N/A

Project timeline: On Time

Committee Member: Dr. Walter McCollum & Dr. Anthony Lolas

URR: N/A

Recipes for Success:

The hardest part of any journey is getting started. Now that we have done that you'll want to finish. Over the next several episode we will be looking at Dr. Marilyn Simons' (2012) book Dissertation & scholarly research: A practical guide to start & complete your dissertation, thesis, or formal research project - Recipes for success. My goal is to cover as many sections in the book that will help you get your dissertation from conception to birth. Let us PROCEED!

P.R.O.C.E.E.D.

Positive Attitude - Not only mentally but also physically, which I cover next week
Read Efficiently - Get the information you need and get out
Organize Your Time - Make sure you get the most out of the time you are writing, working through procrastination, no wasted steps
Create your work space - Make your work areas conducive to productivity
Extend your Note taking and writing skills - Constant ever improvement
Enter Information into your Computer or Journal - Tracking your progress, venting to yourself, and help open creative juices
Design your Survival Kit - Having what you need when you need it. In my case copious amounts of coffee

Recommended Books for your Scholarly Journey:

Simon, M. K. (2013). Dissertation and scholarly research: Recipes for success: (2013 Ed.). USA: Dissertation Success, LLC.