The following list is a sampling of the many books about dissertation writing currently available. For more options and up-to-date information about new publications, do a keyword search on MNCAT for dissertation writing.
Bencich, Carole, Elizabeth Graber, Jenny Staben, and Katherine Sohn. "Navigating in Unknown Waters: Proposing, Collecting Data, and Writing a Qualitative Dissertation." College Composition and Communication 54.2 (Dec 2002): 289-306.
Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998.
Davis, Gordon B. and Clyde A. Parker. Writing the Doctoral Dissertation: A Systematic Approach. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's, 1997.
Fitzpatrick, Jacqueline. Secrets for a Successful Dissertation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1997.
Goodchild, Lester F. et al., eds. Rethinking the Dissertation Process: Tackling Personal and Institutional Obstacles. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1997.
Glatthorn, Allan A. Writing the Winning Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 1998.
Locke, Lawrence F., Waneen Wyrick Spirdoso, and Stephen J. Silverman. Proposals that Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2000.
Madsen, David. Successful Dissertations and Theses: A Guide to Graduate Student Research From Proposal to Completion. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1992.
Mauch, James E. and Jack W. Birch. Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook for Students and Faculty. New York: Marcel Decker, 1998.
Ogden, Evelyn Hunt. Completing Your Doctoral Dissertation or Master's Thesis in Two Semesters or Less. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 1997.
Peters, Robert L. Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning a Master's or Ph.D. New York: Noonday Press, 1998)
Rankin, Elizabeth. The Work of Writing: Insights and Strategies for Academics and Professionals. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2001.
Rudestam, Kjell Erik. Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001.
Zerubavel, Eviatar. The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books. Amherst, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.
Becker, Howard S. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.
Hart, Chris. Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1998.
Meloy, Judith M. Writing the Qualitative Dissertation: Understanding by Doing. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002.
Piantanida, Maria and Noreen B. Garman. The Qualitative Dissertation: A Guide for Students and Faculty. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 1999.
Fisher, Elizabeth and Daniel Holtom. Enjoy Writing Your Science Thesis or Dissertation!: A Step by Step Guide to Planning and Writing Dissertations and Theses for Undergraduate and Graduate Science Students. River Edge, NJ: Imperial College Press, 1999.
Garson, G. David. Guide to Writing Empirical Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2002.
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