For FAQs, Research Protocols, Forms, Submission Requirements, Writing Support, and info on Editing and Formatting, please visit the Grad College’s official site for students writing dissertations and theses.
***The Graduate College offers a number of formatting workshops to assist students in the preparation of dissertations, masters’ theses, and specialist projects. To find out when the next workshop will be offered and to find information about our style guide and writing support, visit our Writing Support Site.***
***The Graduate Center for Research and Retention is currently offering a summer “Dissertation Cafe” series. See the Grad College’s events page for more information***
Helpful Resources and Articles
“The Dissertation House” — a series of events and workshops held at college campuses to help move students from ABD to PhD, and one of the main inspirations for OUR blog! Check out the “Articles” and “Resources” section for online and print texts that might be of use during the writing process.
On Research and Writing
- Chris Keyworth’s advice on avoiding common writing traps: “Write, write, and write some more.”
- Brianne Jaquette’s short essay on how we talk and think about writing, drafting, and finishing a dissertation.
- Jenae Cohn’s advice on “Pushing Past Writing Blocks.”
- Shira Lurie’s tips on “How to Read a Book in Two Hours or Less.”
- Book: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, PhD Completion: If You Can Write a Master’s Thesis You Can Write a Dissertation
- Book: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, PhD Completion: Methods Journal
- Mike Rose’s essay “On Writing” — strategies to write (and think) creatively and critically, and to break yourself out of old patterns of thinking and expression.
- Kaitlin Gallagher’s top 5 book picks for grad students, several of which talk about the nuts and bolts of writing: “5 Great Reads for Grad Students.”
- The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s list of Resources for Dissertators (books and websites)
- Cornell University’s site and email list, “The Productive Writer,” which offers advice and tips on how to get from blank page to DONE.
Getting the Tools You Need
- GradHacker’s list of tech gifts for grad students.
Avoiding Procrastination and Getting to Done!
- Joli Jensen’s column on “When Doubts Bedevil Your Writing, Invite Your Demons in for Tea.”
- Andrea Zellner’s tips on what to do “When All Motivation Is Lost.”
- Kelly Hanson’s advice on “Adapting Your Writing Software to Your Writing Style,” complete with a list of online programs to check out.
- Ashley Wiersma’s advice on “Tackling Productivity Challenges” — tips to stop procrastinating!
- Kaitlin Gallagher’s analysis of the Ph.D. / dissertation process as a “Crash Course in Project Management.”
- Kaitlin Gallagher’s short blog piece advising us to avoid “Meta-Dissertating.”
- Carleen Carey’s blog post offering advice on “Dissertating During the Summer.”
- Erin Bedford’s quirky piece on “Gumption Traps I Have Known,” (including procrastination, fear of failure, and tunnel vision).
Defenses and Talking About What You Do
- Andrea Zellner’s blog post on “What I’ve Learned About [Dissertation] Defenses.”
- Erin Bedford’s post on “How (Not) to Talk about Your Research”
Publication, or What Comes Next
- From The Chronicle, Kirsten Bell’s advice column on “The Really Obvious (but all-too-often-ignored) Guide to Getting Published.”
- Anamaria Dutceac Segesten’s essay on the differences of “Publishing Your Ph.D. Dissertation” in Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S. Interesting observations about the way we think about books and publications in different systems
- Ben Sawyer’s advice on “Turning the Dissertation Into a Book.”
- Amanda Visconti’s essay on LiteratureGeek / HASTAC on intellectual property rights and digital dissertations: “Copyleft, IP Rights, and Digital Humanities Dissertations.”
The Dissertation Writing Retreat — offered in summer by WMU and Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale
See the article on our front page about the 2013 Dissertation Retreat
WMU Ph.D. candidate LaSonda Wells (Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology) discusses the Dissertation Writing Retreat, her own research, and the two-minute dissertation talk.
The Two-Minute Dissertation Talk
WMU Ph.D. candidate LaSonda Wells explains the “two-minute dissertation talk” and demonstrates her own.