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Writing Dissertations

A dissertation is a rigorous research and writing process. It is very common that some doctoral students feel lost and unsure about the appropriate approaches they should take during the course of this long-term scholarly project. The resources presented on this page provide some strategies and practical help.



Books

Brause, R. S. (2000). Writing your doctoral dissertation: Invisible rules for success. [LB 2369 B72 2000]
“Writing your dissertation proposal while designing your dissertation research” pp. 97-115.

Hart, C. (2005). Doing your masters dissertation: Realizing your potential as a social scientist . [LB 2369 H325 2005]
“Writing your research proposal” pp. 365-405.

Martin, R. (1980). Writing and defending a thesis or dissertation in psychology and education. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas. [BF 76.5 M36]
"Chapter 2: The formal proposal and the committee selection" pp. 19-37.

Mauch, J. E. & Park, N. (2003). Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: a handbook for students and faculty. [REF LB 2369 M377 2003]
"Developing the proposal" pp. 67-96.
"Preparation of the proposal" pp. 97-142.

Ogden, E. H. (1993). Completing your doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis in two semesters or less. REF LB 2369 O33 1993]
“Designing your dissertation and preparing the prospectus and proposal” pp. 73-96.






Internet Resources

Literature Reviews (by The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Guidelines for writing a literature review (by Helen Mongan-Rallis, Education Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth)


Articles and Books

Boote, D. N. & Beile, P. (2005). Scholars Before Researchers: On the Centrality of the Dissertation Literature Review in Research Preparation. Educational Researcher, 34(6), 3-15.

Bryant, M. T. (2004). The portable dissertation advisor. [LB 1742 B79 2004]
"The literature review" pp. 61-94.

Cooley, L. (2003). Dissertation writing in practice: Turning ideas into text. [LB 2369 C66X 2003]
"Reviewing the literature" pp. 20-22.
"Key features of a literature review" pp. 22-30.
"The literature review: an additional feature - hypotheses and research questions" pp. 30-34.

Hart, C. (2005). Doing your masters dissertation: Realizing your potential as a social scientist . [LB 2369 H325 2005]
“Searching and reviewing the literature” pp. 365-405.

Martin, R. (1980). Writing and defending a thesis or dissertation in psychology and education. [BF 76.5 M36]
“Review of the literature” pp. 42-49.

Murray, R. (2003). How to write a thesis. [LB 2369 M87 2003]
“Writing a literature review” pp. 101-114.

Oliver, P. (2004). Writing your thesis. [LB 2369 O55 2004]
"The literature review" pp. 106-118.

Rudestam, K. E. & Newton, R. R. (2007). Surviving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process. [LB 2369 R83 2007]
“Literature review and statement of the problem” pp. 61-85.






Internet Resources

General Regulations Governing the Submission of a Dissertation (by UAlbany Office of Graduate Studies)

Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation (by S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D., Michigan State University)

Books

Brause, R. S. (2000). Writing your doctoral dissertation: Invisible rules for success. [LB 2369 B72 2000]

Bryant, M. T. (2004). The portable dissertation advisor. [LB 1742 B79 2004]

Cooley, L. (2003). Dissertation writing in practice: Turning ideas into text. [LB 2369 C66X 2003]

Dunleavy, P. (2003). Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. [LB 2369 D85 2003]

Hart, C. (2005). Doing your masters dissertation: Realizing your potential as a social scientist . [LB 2369 H325 2005]

Hawley, P. (2003). Being bright is not enough: The unwritten rules of doctoral study. [LB 2386 H38 2003]

Luey, M. (Ed.) (2004). Revising your dissertation : advice from leading editors. [LB 2369 R49 2004]

Martin, R. (1980). Writing and defending a thesis or dissertation in psychology and education. [BF 76.5 M36]

Mauch, J. E. & Park, N. (2003). Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: a handbook for students and faculty. [REF LB 2369 M377 2003]

Rudestam, K. E. & Newton, R. R. (2007). Surviving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process. [LB 2369 R83 2007]