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Scholarly and Applied Writing for Graduate Students

Applied and scholarly writing resources for graduate students.

UNI Resources for First-Year Graduate Students

The Learning Center 

The Learning Center @ Rod Library (TLC), located on the main floor of Rod Library, is staffed by nationally certified peer educators trained to assist students develop the academic skills necessary to be successful in college and beyond.

At UNI’s TLC, you will find students helping students study more effectively, draft essays, expand math skills, prepare for tests, revise papers, develop lab reports, manage study time effectively, improve reading skills, create a study plan, avoid plagiarism, and SO MUCH MORE!

TLC services are offered (free of charge) to all currently enrolled students.


Rod Library

Rod Library offers a wide variety of services, including research and help from experienced librarians. We suggest that new students peruse the entire website to gain an understanding of the services available.


Graduate Writing Assistant

The Graduate Writing Assistant is available by appointment to help with theses, dissertations, literature reviews, course papers, and writing samples. All appointments will be held in person in The Learning Center @ Rod Library or electronically via Zoom. Appointments can be scheduled to cover:

  • Brainstorming and planning the writing process
  • Outlining and drafting assignments
  • Conducting and organizing research
  • Editing written work
  • Formatting according to style manuals and/or Graduate College standards
  • Polishing writing samples for submission

Schedule an appointment here! All questions can be directed to

Other Resources for First-Year Graduate Students

Dissertation Toolbox

This free resource offers templates, analysis tools, and a sample layout of a thesis or dissertation.


All of the resources below can be found on PDeducation. Search article titles in the website to find them.

To log in to this site, visit Your login information will be your UNI email address and the password #123UNI#.


Introduction to Graduate School

"What Is PD Education?"

“Worry, Anxiety, Imposters Syndrome.”

“Plotting Your School Semester or Year for Graduate Success.”

“Critical Analysis: A Door to Success.”

“Problems to Avoid When Writing Academically.”

“Argumentation in Academic Papers: A Need.”

“Using Strategies to Improve Academic Reading.”


Getting Started on Research

“Not Sure What to Write?...Tips to Finding a Subject for your Master’s Research.”

“Self Assess Your Topic Ideas.”

“Fallacies: A Path to Failure (Part I).”

“Theory in Academic Writing.”

“Planning for Graduate Work During Breaks.”

“The Basics of Research Questions and Methodology.”

“How to Write Your Master’s Research: Follow These Steps.”

“Masters Thesis Help: The Advisor/Student Relationship.”

“Self Assess Your Master’s Topic.”

“Using Aims and Objectives to Define Topics and Research Questions.”

“Masters Review of Literature.”

“Self Assess Your Research Problem.”