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OASIS Writing Skills

Doctoral Capstone Preproposal Starter Kit:

Writing Resources for Doctoral Students in the Initial Stages of Development
These resources are for doctoral students at the premise and prospectus stages and who are not yet working on their official proposal documents.


Be proactive and self-sufficient in your writing practice. Learn how to assess your own writing; incorporate both general and specific feedback throughout a draft; build up your support system; and compile resources, tools, and practices that help support you in your writing and research.


Remember to refer frequently to program-specific guidance documents, such as the premise and/or prospectus guides on ORDS site in conjunction with the templates on the Writing Center site, to be sure you have followed all guidelines and met all requirements before submitting to faculty for feedback.


Writing Resources:

Using Evidence

Organizational Tools

APA Style



Quick Answers

Videos and Playlists

WriteCast (Writing Center podcast)

  • Episode 7: Balancing School, Life and Family
  • Episode 10: Faculty Writing Advice: Residency Interview with Dr. JaMuir Robinson
  • Episode 15: What to do with Negative Feedback on Your Writing
  • Episode 20: Favorite Apps to Save You Time When You Write

Social Media


Outside the Writing Center:

Walden Library

Academic Skills Center


Outside Walden:

APA Style Blog free DOI lookup