Research resources

There are many resources for FLARE students conducting research at The University of Iowa. An intuitive place to start is at the University Libraries website, which introduces students to the workings and services of the libraries on campus. Infohawk, the university's online resource catalog, is a simple way to search for books, journals or other media.

When actually conducting research, students in FLARE may wish to take advantage of the tools offered in both the SLA Lab in 653 Phillips Hall or at the Center for Language and Culture Learning (CLCL), with several separate facilities in Phillips Hall. Specialized software and equipment are available for conducting research, not only for data collection, but also for qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Special software packages include nVivo, Atlas.ti, SPSS, Superlab (with the SV-1 voice key), and the Multi-Speech software package with the Analysis-Synthesis Lab option. FLARE students also have exclusive access to a pool of check-out equipment, including laptops, digital recorders, and digital media transcribers.

Writing resources

When writing papers for classes, conferences, don't forget to take advantage of the resources The University of Iowa provides. These tools become even more important when you're writing your dissertation.

The Writing Center provides advice and assistance at any stage of the writing process. Hours and locations are listed on their web site. This is a great asset for non-native speakers of English who wish to have their writing proofread before submission.

The Thesis Resource, hosted by the Graduate College, is a treasure trove of information about writing and submitting dissertations. Every semester, the Graduate College offers a seminar on thesis writing.

Endnote is another helpful writing tool. This program simplifies the making and formatting of bibliographies. Visit to learn more or to purchase the software.

When writing SLA papers, APA is usually the required style. To purchase the style guide and to receive style tips, go to

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