At the PPLS Writing Centre, we concentrate on improving your ability to write clearly and put forward coherent arguments. We try to avoid getting into proofreading or giving advice on your essay’s content. After all, we don’t want to duplicate the help that is available from elsewhere within the University of Edinburgh. I have already written a blog post about some of the options that are available (eligibility varies).
It was a nice surprise today to see an announcement that EUSA’s peer proofreading service, which normally closes over the summer, has been made available until August 10th. Eligibility is limited to current MSc students who are non-native speakers of English. You are welcome to access this help in addition to any appointments you book with us.
It can be a bit scary to be told to “engage” with your sources. After all, who are you to decide what’s right and what’s wrong? The research you’ve been looking at was carried out by people who have spent years in the field, and you’re just beginning your academic career. Continue reading ““Engaging” with your sources”
The University of Edinburgh has a staff and student subscription to Lynda.com, a site with many video courses on how to use software more effectively and acquire new skills. It’s well worth linking your EASE account and having a look around.
With dissertation deadlines drawing closer, there are many MSc students who are approaching software like RStudio or SPSS for the first time. For these students, the following courses might be of interest. They cover program installation, data entry and manipulation, basic statistical analysis and chart production. Continue reading “Learning RStudio and SPSS”