Resources for Thesis & Dissertation Writing

This list of resources for thesis and dissertation writing was compiled by members of the WPA-listserv in September of 2014.

Bishop, Wendy: Ethnographic Writing Research: Writing It Down, Writing It Up, and Reading It (1999)

Boice, Robert: “Work Habits of Productive Scholarly Writers: Insights from Research in Psychology,” Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition (1997) pp. 211-228

Booth, Wayne C., Colomb, Gregory G., and Williams, Joseph M.: The Craft of Research, 2nd Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) (2003)

Curry, Mary Jane, Lillis, Theresa: A Scholar’s Guide to Getting Published in English: Critical Choices and Practical Strategies (2013) * For many doctoral students in the sciences whose dissertations may be compilations of published and/or publishable articles

Feak, Christine, Swales, John M.: Academic Writing for Graduate School: Essential Tasks and Skills (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes) (2012)

Fiore, Neil: The Now Habit A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination
and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play

Foss, Sonja, Waters, William: Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation (2007)

Kamler, Barbara, Thompson, Pat: Helping Doctoral Students Write: Pedagogies for Supervision (2006)

Kamler, Barbara, Thompson, Pat: “The failure of dissertation advice books,” Educational Researcher Vol. 37 No. 8 (2008) pp. 507-514.

Olson, Gary A., Taylor, Todd W.: Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition (1997)

Silvia, Paul J.: How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing (2007)

Turabian, Kate L.: A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 8th Edition (2013)

Zerubavel, Eviator: The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books Paperback (1999)

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