Most of the search hits to my blog are related to finishing thesis and/or dissertation writing. There are many great authors and bloggers out there sharing great advice for dissertation writing (along with other graduate student issues, too). I thought it would be useful to aggregate what I think are some of the best pieces of advice out there, so that it could all be easily accessible in one place!
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Understanding the dissertation genre
“Demystifying the Dissertation” blog post series from Inside Higher Education, written by Peg Boyle Single who has an excellent book by the same title
On the different types of literature reviews: “Not all literature reviews are the same,” via Pat Thomson, doctoral writing expert and book author
Six steps to writing a literature review by Tanya Golash-Boza
How long is the average dissertation? by Marcus Beck — scroll to the bottom of the post to see the average length in your field!
Writing tips and strategies
Using a spreadsheet to keep track of your writing progress via yours truly
How to deliberately practice your academic writing with some great advice on how focusing on verbs can help you improve your academic writing via The Thesis Whisperer blog
How I wrote my PhD thesis in 3 months by James Hayton
Top 10 Tips for Fast Thesis/Dissertation Writing by James Hayton
10 Ways You Can Write Every Day by Tanya Golash-Boza
A faculty member’s advice for finishing your dissertation via Claremont Graduate University’s Dissertation Bootcamp blog
Five time management ideas for part-time students, by part-time students via The Thesis Whisperer blog
Dissertations and baseball: You’ve got to “live to fight another day” from Jim Brown
Dealing with your committee
Are you on the same page as your supervisor? Some advice about how to talk to your chair and committee members about the type of writer you are and the feedback you need to success via The Thesis Whisperer blog
How to communicate effectively with your thesis supervisor by Dora Farkas
Dealing with negative face-to-face feedback from your committee – great tips for handling a difficult situation, via Pat Thomson
blogs dedicated to graduate student writing
The archives of these blogs are a treasure trove of information and advice for thesis and dissertation writers. Bookmark these and search them when you need to!
The Thesis Whisperer by Inger Mewbern
Patter by Pat Thomson (She’s currently [as of March 2014] writing about her book writing process – this is a fascinating series for anyone who is thinking of writing a book from their dissertation or after the diss process)
James Hayton (Formerly “The Three Month Thesis”) by James Hayton
Finish Your Thesis by Dora Farkas
Explorations of Style – A Blog about Academic Writing by Rachael Cayley
Of course, this is just a selection of great posts and blogs that I have been saving over the past few months of developing Thesis and Dissertation Support Services. What other blogs or specific blog posts deserve to be listed here? Leave a comment, and I’ll update the list! In future posts, I’ll share my list of academic publications that are the most helpful for dissertation writers, graduate student job searching blog posts, and emerging resources for #alt-ac job seekers.