Academic Writing Books for PhD Students

Destination Dissertation by Sonja K. Foss; William Waters

Publication Date: 2015

Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully complete their dissertations. It uses a metaphor of travel to frame the dissertation process. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck: conceptualizing a topic, developing a pre-proposal, writing a literature review, writing a proposal, collecting and analyzing data, and writing the last chapter.

Surviving Your Dissertation by Kjell Erik Rudestam; Rae R. Newton

Publication Date: 2014

In the fully updated Fourth Edition of their best-selling guide, Surviving Your Dissertation, Rudestam and Newton answer questions concerning every stage of the dissertation process, In addition, this guide covers topics such as the many types of quantitative and qualitative research models available, the principles of good scholarly writing, how to work with committees, how to meet IRB and ethical standards, and how to overcome task and emotional blocks.

Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Students and their Supervisors 2nd Edition by Brian Paltridge (Author), Sue Starfield (Author) Kjell Erik Rudestam; Rae R. Newton

Publication Date: 2019

Considering the purposes of thesis and dissertation of writing alongside writer/reader relationships, this book uses accessible language and practical examples to discuss issues that are crucial to successful thesis and dissertation writing. This edition offers: Insights into the experience of being a doctoral writer, issues of writer identity, and writing with authority, Typical language and discourse features of theses and dissertations, Advice on the structure and organisation of key sections, Suggestions for online resources which support writing, Extracts from completed theses and dissertations, Guidance on understanding examiner expectations, Advice on publishing from a PhD.

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