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Highly Recommended Text

Garrard, Judith (2011). Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method, Third Edition [Paperback]. Jones & Bartlett



Vance, D. (2013). Improve scientific writing by decreasing the cognitive load placed on readers. Research Practitioner 14(2), 40-47. (Will be distributed in class)


Other Helpful Resources

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (2009, 6th edition).  Also see http://www.apastyle.org/manual/index.aspx

EndNote ™ Available for free download to UAB students: http://www.uab.edu/it/home/component/k2/item/74-endnote


UAB Graduate Writing Courses

GRD 728: Professional Writing & Publishing - 3 credit hours

Instructor: Jennifer L. Greer at jlgreer1@uab.edu  or 205-996-6355

Designed for researchers seeking to write and publish professionally. Includes writing in field, peer review, self-editing, and coaching. Instructor approval required for second-language writers. Spring and Fall. Pass/No Pass.


GRD 729: Writing a Journal Article in 12 Weeks - 3 credit hours

Instructor: Jennifer L. Greer at jlgreer1@uab.edu or 205-996-6355

For students and scholars with a working paper to revise and target for article publication.


GRD 736: Dissertation Strategies - 1 credit hour

Instructor: Susan Olmstead-Wang at jlgreer1@uab.edu

Designed for graduate students who are preparing to start a dissertation within the next year. Topics include creating a dissertation committee, crafting a proposal, outlining the text, and managing the writing and reviewing process. Designed to help doctoral students map out a strategic plan for managing the dissertation writing process. Spring, Summer and Fall. GRD 736 is the prerequisite for GRD 737 Successful Dissertation Process (offered Spring semester).


GRD 737: Successful Dissertation Process -3 credit hours

Instructor: Susan Olmstead-Wang at jlgreer1@uab.edu

This semester-long workshop for dissertation writers encourages efficient writing progress according to the writers' stated goals. Building on strategies from GRD 736, writers set shor-, mid-, and long-term goals, and then assess their writing progress. Writers meet in class to learn specific dissertation writing practices, to develop effective peer-editing skills, and to provide support for their own practice and for that of their classmates. Writers will send drafts regularly to the professor for writing coaching and will meet individually with her once a month to discuss and to support progress.