Resources for Writing a Thesis or Dissertation


Developing Quality Dissertations: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Achieving Excellence

Barbara Lovitts and Ellen Wert

Barbara Lovitts and Ellen Wert have written three short booklets – one for the sciences, one for the social sciences, and one for humanities – that explain the purposes of the dissertation and the criteria by which it will be assessed. The booklets are designed to help students understand the context of their course work; the need to take an active role in shaping their studies; and the importance of thinking ahead about the components of the dissertation and the quality of scholarship they will need to demonstrate. Faculty and advisers will find the booklets helpful for setting clear expectations for student performance and for helping students understand the desired quality of work. Included are rubrics that students can use to self-assess their work and that can aid faculty in providing focused feedback.

This book is available from Stylus Publications.

Complete your Dissertation or Thesis in Two Semesters or Less

Evelyn Hung Ogden

This newly updated guide describes how to manage the dissertation or thesis process in two semesters or less. Written for doctoral and master's degree students enrolled in on-campus programs and students pursuing accelerated and online-based degree programs, this book demystifies the seemingly daunting process. From choosing a topic and adviser, to efficient researching and the actual writing and defense, Complete Your Dissertation or Thesis in Two Semesters or Less provides students with all the information needed to conquer this academic experience. Updates to this edition include an update to the length of graduate studies and technological advantages now available to graduate students.

This book contains six chapters: 1) The Doctoral Facts of Life: The Beginning; 2) Researching Your Committee: The Really Critical Research Project; 3) Selecting a Dissertation Topic; 4) Spending Money and Using the Twenty-first Century to Your Advantage; 5) Designing Your Dissertation and Preparing the Prospectus and Proposal; 6) Writing The Dissertation: Twenty Workdays to Go!; 7) Defending the Dissertation: Two Hours to Doctor; and 8) Celebrating, the Last Revision, Post-Partum Depression.

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Other Resources for Completing a Thesis or Dissertation

Bryant, M. T. (2003). The Portable Dissertation Advisor. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Foss, S. K., & Walters W. (2007). Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers: Lanham, MD.

Glatthorn, A. A., & Joyner, R. L. (2005). Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Sternberg, D. (1981). How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation. St. Martin’s Griffin: New York, NY.