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Thesis, Dissertation, and Research Advice for Graduate Students

The advice and tips on these pages will help you complete your thesis or dissertation with ease.
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Procrastinating by Choice
Choosing to delay working on your dissertation can be productive.

4 Tips for Making Progress on Your Dissertation - Before You Begin
You should begin thinking about your dissertation well before you become a doctoral candidate.

What is a Dissertation?
What is a doctoral dissertation?

Use a Project Planner to Organize Your Dissertation
The dissertation can overwhelm even the best of students. Most time management experts agree that the best way to tackle a large project is to break it down.

Getting Started in Research: Your Research Journal
Keep track of your ideas so that you have a head start when it's time to start your thesis or dissertation.

How Do You Choose Faculty to Sit on Your Dissertation Committee?
How Do You Choose Faculty to Sit on Your Dissertation Committee?

Full Text Articles and Databases
List of full text articles and databases.

Top 5 Books on Dissertation Writing
The dissertation-stage is the most difficult period of graduate school. These books will help you add structure to your dissertation and complete your dissertation more quickly.

Avoid Writing Block with the Pomodoro Technique
Write in bite-sized bits to get your dissertation done.

Stop Procrastinating and Complete Your Dissertation!
Are you an ABD (All-But Dissertation) student? The dissertation is the most difficult and time consuming academic requirement a doctoral student faces. Don't fall into a procrastination trap!

Know the Difference Between a Mentor and Advisor
They're not the same. One is much more helpful to your professional development than the other.

Writing Your Dissertation
"Graduate school pundits often cite 50% or more as the attrition rate for ABD students. Why? This handout will not only answer this question, but will also give you good, practical advice on starting, drafting, and completing your dissertation."

The One Year Plan
Finish your dissertation on time by setting a schedule and sticking to it, from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

How to Finish Your Dissertation
Finally ready to write your dissertation? This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education will help you to overcome writers block

Writing a Dissertation: Advice
Several resources that provide excellent advice on how to complete the dissertation.

PhinisheD
A discussion group for students "who cannot seem to finish their dissertations and theses."

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