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How-to books may help to get you started but there is no perfect process for writing your dissertation. It is very important that you check with your mentor and your committee to get their points of view on the dissertation process.
Consider reading this article: Kamler, B. & Thomson, P. (2008). The failure of dissertation advice books: Toward alternative pedagogies for doctoral writing. Educational Researcher (8), 507. doi: 10.3102/0013189X08327390
Web Resources for Dissertation Writers
Resources for Dissertators/University of Wisconsin, Madison (handouts; links to other writing sites)
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Books in our collection
The Craft of Research by
Publication Date: 2009-05-15
Guide new graduate students or new researchers through the complexities of turning a topic or question into a research problem whose significance matches the effort that you put into solving it.
Writing Your Doctoral Dissertation by
Publication Date: 1999-12-01
Revising Your Dissertation - Advice from Leading Editors by
Publication Date: 2004-10-11
Proposals That Work by
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Supervising the Doctorate by
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
Surviving Your Dissertation by
Publication Date: 2000-10-18
Writing the Qualitative Dissertation by
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
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