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Online Guide to Writing and Research

Development Credits (2022 Version)

Daniel Gallagher, Director of the Effective Writing Center, University of Maryland Global Campus, provided curriculum review of the revised guide.

The following writing experts from the Effective Writing Center wrote and revised this guide:

Michelle Bowman, Learning Content Creation Specialist, wrote chapter two, provided curriculum review of the revised guide.

Allison Dorsey, writing expert, wrote chapter eight and the appendices and provided curriculum review of chapter five.

Douglas Kasischke, writing expert, wrote chapters three and seven and provided curriculum review of chapters two, four, and six. 

Theresa Stevens-Johnson, writing expert, wrote chapter one, the references page, and other links, and provided curriculum review of chapter two.

Megan Lopez, writing expert, wrote chapters four and six and provided curriculum review of chapters three and seven. 

Jessica Shawver, writing expert, wrote chapter five and provided curriculum review of the appendices and chapter eight. 

Dawn Schwartz, Senior Production Specialist in Digital Marketing, built the guide shells and provided training. 

Vicky Robinson, Senior Director, design and UX, aided in image production and guidance.

Development Credits (2010 Version)

Cynthia Whitesel, Professor of Practice at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), wrote the original print version of this guide and significant additions to the first iteration of the online guide. She has a background in comparative literature and teaches writing and technical editing.

Daniel Gallagher, Director of Research and Writing Services, provided curriculum review of the revised guide.

Scott Vanek, Instructional Designer in the Course Development unit of UMGC, provided instructional design review and served as project manager for the revised guide.

Lynn Walter, Senior Editor, Course Development, edited the revised guide.

José Olivieri, Programmer and Web specialist, Course Development, designed the new interface for the revised guide.

Sherri Clark and Bernita Davis, Web Production Specialists, Course Development, provided HTML coding support and prepared these modules for web publication.

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