Resources for Academic Research and Writing

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Dissertation and Thesis Writing

Managing Time, Information, Documents

Academic Life

A number of textbooks on academic research and writing are available in university libraries, public libraries, and bookstores. The following list provides some examples. No single book provides all the answers. I encourage students to review several texts for useful strategies and perspectives. If you are a graduate student, it is a good idea to ask professors in your own field of specialization about the research and writing manuals they consider especially useful.

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association will prove to be a good investment for Education students. For others, The Chicago Manual of Style, Modern Language Association (MLA) Handbook, or the Turabian Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations will be most appropriate. Writing conventions change periodically, so be sure to refer to the most recent edition of publication and writing guides.

In addition to texts on academic research and writing, I have also included a few "how-to" texts on time management and getting organized. Every stage of post-secondary education places special demands on the learner. It seems to me that one o f the key challenges of academic life involves coping with complexity. Encountering new ideas and information can be a source of great satisfaction, but dealing with the articles, papers, notes, clippings, disks, files, books, and other material manifest ations of one's rapidly expanding knowledge base can be overwhelming. The texts listed below may not only help you improve your writing, but may also help you find more time to write.

Dissertation and Thesis Writing

Becker, H. (1998). Tricks of the Trade: How to Think about Your Research While You're Doing It (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago.

Becker, H. S. (1986). Writing for social scientists: How to start and finish your thesis, book, or article. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago.

Cone, J. D. & Foster, J. L. (2006). Dissertations and theses from start to finish: Psychology and related fields. (2nd edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Elbow, P. (1981). Writing with power. New York: Oxford University.

Keyes, R. (1995). The courage to write: How writers transcend fear. New York: Henry Holt.

Locke, L., Spiriduso, W, & Silverman, S. (2000). Proposals that work: a guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Marshall, K., &Rossman, G. (2006). Designing qualitative research (4th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Madsen, D. (1992). Successful dissertations and theses: a guide to graduate students research from proposal to completion. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Mauch, J. & Park, N. (2003). Guide to successful thesis and dissertation: a handbook for students and faculty (5th edition). New York: CRC.

Rossman, M. H. (2002). Negotiating graduate school: a guide for graduate students (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Rudestam, K. E., & Newton, R. R. (2001). Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Strunk, W. Jr., White, E.B., Angell, R. (1999). The elements of style (4th edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Zinsser, W. (1990). On writing well: An informal guide to writing non-fiction. (4th edition). New York: Harper Perennial.

Managing time, Information, and Documents

Lakein, A. (1974). How to get control of your time and your life. New York: New American Library.

Dorff, P. (1986). File...Don't pile! A proven filing system for personal and professional use. New York: St. Martin's.

Silber, L. (2004). Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain: A Creative Approach to Getting Organized. New York: St. Martin's Griffen.

Young, P. & Jones, P. (1981). Sidetracked home executives. New York: Warner.

Academic Life

Clark, B., editor (1987). The academic profession: National, disciplinary, and institutional settings. Berkeley, CA: University of California.

Darley, J. M., Zanna, M. & Roediger, H. editors (2003). The compleat academic - A career guide (2nd edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Deneef, A. L., Goodwin, C. D., McCrate, E. S., editors (1988). The academic's handbook. Durham, NC: Duke University.

Kenny, P. (1983). A handbook of public speaking for scientists and engineers. Bristol: Adam Hilger.

Lucas, C., & Murry, J. (2001). New faculty: A practical primer for beginning academics. New York: Palgrave.

Lucas, C.J. (1998). Crisis in the academy: Rethinking higher education in America. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Mihesuah, D. & Wilson, A. (2004). Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities. Lincoln, NE: Bison Books.

Rudolph, F. (1990 [1962]). The American college and university: A history. Athens and London: University of Georgia.

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This document was created by Jan Armstrong on August 7, 1996.
Last update: July 31, 2006.