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16. Comments? (continued)
- Great site! You make this sound almost simple! ;) Thanks! (3/28)
- This site is a God sent! Many thanks for the time and energy placed in creating this resource. (3/27)
- I found this an extremely helpful site, however I would be interested to know if there are any similar papers expressly devoted to the Humanities as there are some differences to scientific papers. If you can help or add to your lst they would be appreciated. (Note - I'm not familiar with any specific sites focusing on the humanities. However, I've been impressed with the number of sites that continue to appear on the web that deal with the dissertation process. Check out the links I've included and also do a bit of web searching and you're sure to find some other helpful sites. s.j.l.) (3/27)
- Planning to defend on 4/22/99 (3/26)
- Thanks (3/24)
- I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for the work you have done. Your article made clear to me the the rigorous task one has to undergo to write a proposal to get a degree. I would truly recommend your job well-done to my colleagues and my students. Congratulations. If you have articles on Thesis/Dissertation Writing please write to me. (3/24)
- You've provided me with great insight into the process; I'm almost finished with my dissertation, but your advice/links provided excellent guidance for turning the prospectus into a dissertation and defending the dissertation. THANKS (3/23)
- Thank you. (3/22)
- Good (3/20)
- Thanks I bookmarked this site right away! I am sure it will be useful down the road!! (3/19)
- I was more looking for encouragement on how to keep motivated during the dark, lonely days of writing the thesis. It was encouraging just to read of the struggles of others. (3/19)
- I would like to give you my heartfelt thanks that you have prepared this site for people like me who need some real practical information about developing the thesis. I am in the proposal phase of my dissertation and having a lot of problem knowing what to put into the chapters and how to write them. Thanks for the assistance. I wanted to let you know that the link for Dead Thesis Society has moved to http://www.mun.ca/sgs/dts/
thanks again. (Note - Ooops. Thanks for the update. I've made the change on the links part of my site. The Dead Thesis Society website is well done with lots of information! s.j.l.) (3/19)
- The site was very helpful. Would you happen to know any sources in which I can find information relative to minority sstudents and teachers in the field of agriculture at the high school level? (Note - The only lead I can think of is Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) - http://www.manrrs.org/ s.j.l.) (3/18)
- I was referred to your site by a posting on the Wed site of Nova
Southeastern University where I am working in a doctoral program.
You site is very rich in content, thank you. I am finding that
doctoral students do not receive a lot of administrative help,
we are to "figure it out" being doctoral students. (3/15)
- I am using your guide as a future reference. I will be starting graduate school in Fall, 2000 and I am currently trying to decide whether to do a thesis. Thank you for the background information. I have not found this elsewhere. (3/15)
- I have found your site very useful in guiding me about the various section my rsearch paper should have and in what order. I would certainly recommend it to others. (3/11)
- Thank you for the well written advice.
The section on preparing for a thesis defense is very helpfull: especially the suggestion to use wall charts.
I have written most of my thesis already. Now I'm trying to make sure it's coherent from start to end. So far, this is the hardest part. (3/10)
- This web site was extremely helpful. I had no idea where to start in reference to writing a dissertation. I am considering Walden University because of it's structure. I have a BS in Psy and a Master of Arts in Health Services Management. In Dec. 1999, I will have completed in Bachelor of Science in Nursing. (3/9)
- Excellent, excellent! This information makes sense to me & is presented in an easy to understand format. Thank you (3/9)
- I am just in the middle of my dissertation. My university has just changed to the Chicago referening. I felt completly lost and hoped to find some examples. If you have any it would me nice if you could email them to me. It would be nice to have something like that on your webb site. Thank you. (Note - I didn't have your email address but since you included your surface mail address I've sent you a few things that may help. s.j.l.) (3/9)
- I would like to use this in a student handbook I am preparing. I would certainly put the source and the author. I would not sell it,
it would mostly be for out Teaching/Research Assistants. May I have your permission? Thank you, it is a very good web site. J. R. (Note - I've sent you an email with permission to reproduce the website in a print version. Good luck! s.j.l.) (3/9)
- Thanks for taking the time to do this. At Hopkins, we don't have any clear written guidelines about dissertation preparation and defense and it was reassuring to find your site. (3/8)
- Thanks for your help. (3/8)
- I am writing a proposal and wanted to get info on how to go about it. I am glad that the search engine found this site. (3/7)
- Thanks for such an interesting site (3/7)
- I found it very informative and helpful especially that I am in the process of doing my research. (3/6)
- Nice job! Concise. You've motivated me to get back to work on my dissertation. I've allowed work to swallow me up. My univeristy will probably not remember me. Thank you for the push and the helpful ideas to get going. Wish me luck! (3/6)
- please be advised that some doctoral programs would disaggree with this web site.
you are demystifying the process and adding an element of normality to obtaining a doctorate.
surely someone would want to take away your first amendment rights! :)
thanks so much for decoding the process and modeling how to be an effective and efficient faculty member!
i am forever grateful. (3/6)
- I was told to visit site by my tutor.I think it has been a very useful experience.I have printed off your guide and intend to read it carefully. It is probably the most useful thing I have gleaned from the net so far. J. F. (3/6)
- Congratulations! (3/5)
- This source is a tremendous resource to any student writing a major research project. Few if any resources exist for the Undergraduate researcher that matches this caliber. This site has motivated me and answered my questions in my dire times of need - typically 1:00 a.m.! (3/1)
- My access to books in English is limited because I am studying at a satellite university to a major US based university. We have only a small library at hand. I needed some information about thesis writing, in order to prepare myself for the upcoming task. Your website helped. Thank you.. (3/1)
- excellent web site.will use it for my phd. iam applying for one now. (3/1)
- I wish you would include in your discusssion of the lit review that the review constitutes an
argument with two lines of analysis: (1) this researach is needed, and (2) this is a good way
to do the research. Most students I have worked with (especially at the masters level) simply
do not have a clue that the review is the central part of an argument. (Note - Thanks for an excellent suggestion. I'll be adding your idea to the guide. Thank You. s.j.l.) (2/28)
- Thanks for the help! (2/27)
- I am a 3rd year psychology student at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. An assignment for my 'Social Psychology' class is to create the premise for a thesis, which I will later complete for my honours degree. Thank you for the wealth of information this site has provided for me. Regards Michelle
- For website use I would recommend more links; link topics to
different pages. This would allow people to print only what they
need, and it would allow some cross-referencing with related topics. Very well done. (2/22)
- I will take my doctoral written exams this spring and conduct
field research this summer, if all goes well. While I have an
advisor who is extremely supportive, helpful and responsive,
your site provided information that is unavailable at my university.
I found the parts that I read extremely useful and I have bookmarked
site. Thank you so much for putting this together. One of the
other students in the department distributed it to the rest of us. I
will be back and rest assured it will be used quite a bit over the
year. Great job. (2/20)
- Wonderful website. A host of ideas. Thank you! (2/19)
- Good Advisor (2/19)
- I wish I found this guide earlier (before submitting the proposal). Now I 'm in the stage of analyzing data and drafting the chapters and to tell you the truth I'm not very confident about it. Thanks for this site, I found it really helpful and I 'll return to it. When I'll finish my dissertation (beginning of May), I'll probably send some hints to help other students. Thanking you again for your help and keep it up ! Ruth (2/18)
- While reading the six steps for writing your dissertation, I immediately prepared a timeline for myself with the six steps. In addition I
added to my timeline other things I need to do, i.e.,read, prepare a mind map with my ideas and questions, etc. Based on your suggestion I listed "the writting the research paper", during the four months I will be on administrative leave. I would suggest using a TIMELINE. Thanks! (Note - Great idea!! I'll try and update the page with your suggestion within the next few days. Thank You. s.j.l.) (2/15)
- Thamks for the opportunity to comment (2/14)
- Hi, I am from Johannesburg, South Africa. I came across this site through a search at www.lycos.com. Your site was maybe no. 50.
The reason that I am looking for info on writing a thesis proposal is because I am currently considering a Doctor in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa. I was requested to put my thoughts into a proper format. I did receive specific info on the proposal but still wanted to check out as much material as I could. I think your web-site has been extrememly helpful. I now intend to follow the other links. (2/12)
- This was a very helpful website and I will visit again. (2/11)
- I found your webstire because I was looking for grant writing help on the web. I am so pleased that you took the opportunity to make this website. As a graduate student assistant I often advise other grad students here at U of M regarding their writing skills. THis web site will be of great help. Thanks! (2/10)
- This has been a very helpful resource for me to find. I plan to take full advantage of it now and for future use. (2/9)
- Great Web Site! I will pass this information on to the other members of my cohort. Thanks! (2/8)
- I appreciate your WEB site for those of us who are entering this important phase of our doctoral studies with considerable apprehension. I would appreciate in addition to your assistance, a list of any other possible WEB sites that could provide assistance.
Thank you again. (2/7)
- Wish I had seen this before I started the process. I think I'm on track based on your recommendations. Thanks. (2/6)
- Nice practical guidelines (2/4)
- Good ideas. I plan to use some (i.e. printing copies on different color paper. (2/3)
- Thank you for your comprehensive and thoughtful guideline. It is vastly superior to the guideline provided by my grad advisor. I have recommended it to several of my cohorts and they have also found it very helpful. I much appreciate your effort as help is not always available at my university and I am not the only one feeling like sometimes I am out here writing without a support system! (2/2)
- I will defend my thesis on the 15th of February. Your web site help me to prepare myself (2/1)
- I thought the format you chose was particularly helpful. I'm planning to start graduate school in the fall and writing my dissertation is all ready making me nervous. This site helped soothe some of those fears.
- Thanks for sharing your ideas (1/30)
- This website has been exceptionally helpful to me as I prepare to write my dissertation proposal.
As a matter of fact, I have passed it along to other doctoral students. (1/26)
- Thanks (1/23)
- I have printed off the full guide to read.... perhaps I can come back to you with more detailed comments after reading in detail... but initially it looks V. helpful (1/22)
- thanks for this site. Nicely laid out, and takes up (for my own revision, if nothing else) all the key aspects of the thesis landscape. Has good reminders for when the hapless PhD student has lost the plot!
- I am looking at this because my son is writing a dissertation in music. (1/15)
- Our students are from developing countries. We are offering a distance masters program. About 10 in first cohort. To we have permission to download a copy of your how-to guides (thesis writing and funding proposals)... for them to print out as standalone hardcopy documents? Of course we would preserve your authoriship. If you have a Word version, that'd be better and much appreciated. many thanks. (Note - I've sent you an email with permission to reprint both websites. Though I originally had created these materials via word processor, I now work directly in HTML for changes, updates, etc. Good luck! s.j.l.) (1/14)
- Very very helpful. I highly recommend this web page. I hope more
materials are added into it. I recommend that it be organized into a
guide or even a book. Congratulations. (1/14)
- After having spent several years in corporate, I had learned that one of the most important keys to succeeding at anything was to understand the rules of the game. Academia is no different; just different rules. Your site explained them in a very clear and helpful manner. Thank you!! (1/13)
- I am also interested in publishing a hard copy document (manual) at XXXXXXX University to help graduate students prepare their theses. Currently, no clear, consistent guidelines are available or and no guidelines are provided to students by the Graduate School. Your site has been helpful in motivating me to develop a workable instrument for graduate students to use as a text refernce. I am interested in using some of your ideas as a format and source reference for the manual. I am aware of copyright laws...Let me know if it is okay! (Note - Why not! An email is on the way to you. Good luck with your Guide. s.j.l.) (1/13)
- This guide is straightforward and free from the fluff that I have found in many books on the subject. I appreciate your candid and realistic approach to a process that sometimes seems insurmountable. The personal hints and suggestions from other graduate students is a nice touch that reminds us know that there are others who are working (and perhaps struggling) too. Thank you for providing an interactive means in which to learn more about the process of writing a dissertation. (1/13)
- The website was very organized and helpful. When I was a graduate student, this guide would have been very helpful, more helpful than professors and advisors. (1/13)
- This seemed like a very useful guide. This could be applied to writing any major papers. Thankyou. (1/12)
- I'm beginning my thesis and this web site will be very helpful.
I found the web site by accident but I believe it should be known to all
people in a graduate program. (1/12)
- It made me feel better to see advice about getting stuck. I didn't feel like I could talk to anyone, even my advisor, because you feel like a slacker for not finishing on time or missing a personal deadline. (1/12)
- I'll refer back to this from time to time and let you know how the advice works out. I am currently in the proposal stage (two years worth). I especially liked the info on the "defense" That always seems to be the great unknown, somewhat like the first comp exams. (1/12)
- another good book: "How to complete and survive your doctoral thesis", forgot authors name. (Note - How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation by David Sternberg. s.j.l.) (1/12)
- The information on this web site is very useful for students in the thesis stage. I would like to add to your advice about the importance of selecting a supportive advising committee: the most important is to select a supportive ADVISOR who will help you complete your thesis requirements successfully. A major factor that impedes student progress on theses is bad advising. Don't be afraid to switch advisors if necessary: I had to do this in order to make satisfactory progress on my dissertation.
- As I am writing up the last chapters of my thesis it has been of limited value. I'm sure it would be of greater value to someone starting out. Wish I knew all I know now then!! (1/11)
- Thank you very much for a great guideline. I think you expressed with clarity a lot of the nitty -gritty details of dissertation writing, which we don't really talk much about in our grad research seminars.
What has helped me and my students is to devote a block of time everyday to working on the dissertation. I find that it provides for them a momentuum towards the final completion. If they maintain this regular sched right from the very start of their program, then the focus on dissertation writing becomes a more natural part of their daily routine. It discourages procrastination. I emphasize with the stduents that they are writing their dissertation "a page at a time". Keep up the good work. You are doing a fabulos service to all grad students and grad faculty too. All the best. (1/9)
- As I was writing a book for a writing clinic for basic ESL students, I was looking for good ESL writing web sites and I came upon this web site and found it very helpful. (1/9)
- This is an excellent site. It has inspired me and given good direction for what I need to do next. Thank you. (1/8)
- Very helpful guidelines. I am just completing my major project and needed somethin short, succinct, and motivating to read. I have printed out the site for future reference. Thanks. (1/8)
- I'd like to see more on the topic of overcoming procrastination and staying motivated. I'm searching the web, so obviously I've fallen prey to procrastination. Help! (Note - You might want to check out the links on the Dead Thesis Society website or comments on PHinisheD. s.j.l.) (1/8)
- I'm attending Cal State Dominguez Hills (Distance Learning Masters Degree in Humanities) (1/7)
- Extremely accessible material, the "checkmark" format is quite useful. I have also explored the companion website on proposal preparation. Keep up the good work. My department's weekly bulletin published the website addresses and a brief description of the content. (1/7)
- Extremely helpful (1/5)
- i am trying to get some information about writing a research and i am finding it very difficult indeed (1/5)
- I wish I could have found this earlier! (1/4)
- An excellent Wedsite and it helps me to learn moreEnglish Writing, which is a subject required to complete my degree program at an University. (1/4)
- Informative and useful information! Thank you very much. (1/4)
- Your guide is extremely well done and very useful. I have desired to develop such a guide for the graduate students I advise, but time has not allowed me to do so. Thanks for making this available. Your advise is great! (1/2)
- many of your comments encocurage me because they point out what I have been thinking but have not been able to state to my chair in such a way he understands. I will be able to better convey my needs.
- What a wonderful site. I am a recent grad of MSU and I am listing your site as a link on a web page I am creating for graduate students in Hospitality and Tourism. Thanks for providing such a wonderful resource. (12/29)
- Done with comprehensive exams and have started to research a new dissertation topic. Am working full-time and starting to run out of the energy that used to propel me to work evenings and weekends. Used your stuff as a motivator. Thanks. Dottie (12/29)
- Many thanks for this website! Had I only found it 2 years ago...
One suggestion for those at the beginning of the writing stage - always have the document you're working on (i.e., lit review, methods, etc.) AND your "Works Cited" document open at the same time. This will allow you to add to your list of references in a systematic way as well as keep track of works by the same author(s) produced in the same year. Also, I would suggest that ABD students take a look at the "PhinisheD" website for additional support. (Note - Thanks for the suggestion, I've added a link on the Guide. s.j.l.) One suggested addition to this site - could you include a _longer_ section on strategies for doing a dissertation away from the home institution? (12/28)
- Thank you for all the time and effort in creating this web site,
pulling together so much information and sharing your insights.
While I'm not yet ABD, my topic is identified and a grant proposal
is being prepared as the major part of my comp exam. Paragraph 11
is very close to where I am in the overall process. Thanks to
this information I see things that need improvement and its not too
late to fix them! This guidebook is printed out and going in the
permanent "strategy" file that I look to for motivational help.
This page is a great help. Thank you for creating it. (12/28)
- Excellent site - have saved for thorough review later (offline). (12/28)
- I found the guide a useful way to think through the process. I was looking for a related topic and came across the site but it was timely in that I was searching for resources for master's level students to use in doing a research course. I am a teaching assistant in the school of nursing at UNC-CH. (12/27)
- I hope that your advises are helping me to complete my dissertation . Thank you for "The Guide" ! (12/27)
- very comprehensive information. Have not read it all, but thought it was worthy of printing all 13 pages to review, as I finish my doctoral program. (12/26)
- Thank you very much! (12/25)
- A good addition to this site would be a forum where graduate students could seek out students with similar interests / topics / ideas and then be able to share experiences / ideas / good web sites, etc. I have been looking for such a site for a while now, found nothing yet. If anyone knows about such a site or would also like to see something like this, they can e-mail me : firstname.lastname@example.org (12/23)
(Note - You may want to check out the PHinisheD website - a good place for sharing ideas with others. s.j.l.)
- I am planning my defense (you are right, a
professional symposium sounds better), so I scrolled down to that section.
I did pass on the address to a friend of mine at Georgia Tech who is
in the "thinking about it" stage, and I am sure he will appreciate the info.
I have two comments related to my experience, one is that it is helpful to
read that other people also experience ups and downs along the way and
at times it seems never to end. Also, in my case, I found it helpful to
circulate individual chapters to certain committee members. I actually
asked them all, How would you like to interact along the way - chapter
by chapter, meet every once in awhile to discuss it, groups of chapter,s
or the whole thing at the end? Each committee member preferred it a different
way, which for me was nice, because I got guidance along the way. My chair
(also my advisor) is very helpful, but also more senior and busy than 2 others,
so was unable to meet with me or review my thoughts as often as a couple others
Thanks for keeping this web-site - I will pass it on to other
Heller Students (at Brandeis as well). It would have been nice to read
it earlier - fortunately a good friend gave me a couple books on completing
and surviving doctoral dissertations. (12/22)
- Thank you, I have been looking for such help for my graduate work. (12/21)
- This site was listed on the Librarians Index to the Internet
and i thought it might be a useful site to refer patrons.
I was not disappointed, in fact if i ever decide to go on
to work on my PhD i will definitely use this site!
thank you (12/21)
- Proposal suggestions helpful. A listserv (All-But-Dissertation Survival Guide) that may be of interest can be found at: http://www.ecoach.com/ (12/17)
- I just defended my dissertation three weeks ago. I wish someone had
given me the URL for this site before then. I survived (thanks to
an awesome advisor), but I think that reading this ahead of time
would have made me less nervous.
- A colleague of mine forwarded your site address to one of my graduate students, who then forwarded the address to me. I am a professor at the University of California, Davis, and one of the courses I teach is one on Professionalism, which includes a section on "finishing," and thesis/dissertation hints/suggestions. Your website is valuable and I will recommend it to our graduate group students. As a professor for some 22 years, I have found that even though I explain how to organize, write, and complete a thesis/dissertation, it takes several sessions for the concept to "sink in." This is why your written website will be so valuable. Thanks and best wishes, (12/15)
- It would be helpful to the students if there would have been information on the format of dissertation, how to do leterature search, how to cite references, how to list the references, what should be the contents of abstract, introduction, conclusion etc. (12/15)
- I am just beginning to think about my dissertation topic. The information you presented was very helpful. the whole process has seemed very mysterious in the past. (12/14)
- This site was listed in the Scout Report. I am following up to see if there is anything useful to pass on to graduate students I work with. Looks promising. (12/14)
- I found this to be a very useful tool. I am in the midst of writing my Master's Thesis and reading through this guide, I realized that I have made quite a few mistakes eg, distributing chapters to all committee members. I wish I knew about this when I began to write. Thanks a million (12/14)
- More links to other, related sites would be helpful. (12/14)
- Very intelligent advice which I could have used 30 years ago when I wrote my MA thesis. I have a standing offer to faculty members who do valuable work on the web: since work done on the web is poorly understood by the people who evaluate scholarly work for promotion and tenure, I will be happy to write a letter to your department chair and your dean about the value of your contribution. (Note - Many thanks for the offer. Thank goodness I work with good administrators who support their faculty! By the way your own site at http://www.sau.edu/CWIS/Internet/Wild/index.htm is a tremendous resource to graduate students! s.j.l.) (12/14)
- Very practical. Should allow fledgling advisors and graduate students to have an organizational plan that makes sense. (12/14)
- What if you have already gone astray? Chosen the wrong committee chair? Barely made it through your defense? (12/14)
- Wish i'd read this two tears ago, but better late than never. Shall have my students use it (12/14)
- In my graduate department, a number of non-Japanese
students have found it difficult to complete their
Ph.D. theses. I will be beginning the program next
April, and I certainly want to learn from their experiences
and to plan my research carefully at the outset. As well,
in a Japanese university as a non-Japanese student,
we deal with a number of culture-specific situations
and concerns that pervade academia *here* as opposed
to academia in the West (where I did my Masters). I
plan to recommend this site to others and would like
to establish a link on our department's web site (I am
the web master of the English-language portion) to
this site in order to help others (plus myself, of course).
Thanks for taking the time to compile this guide. (12/13)
- I am attending the Doctorate Public Administration program at La Vern University, in La Verne, CA. Anything I can get, including funding the project, to be successful in completing the dissertation is greatly appreciated. My e-mail is shiotsugu@.aol.com. Thank you. (12/13)
- Well done! A collection of useful bookmarks would be nice to add to your site. I have made my own collection of bookmarks but I am not internet literate enough to share them! (12/12)
- Great Resource, I've passed it on to my friends. (12/12)
- I am very pleased that the "Scout Report" mentioned your web sites. Just today I had made a note to find some information to educate myself on the processes involved in both thesis-writing and grant proposal writing. Thank you for sharing your valuable information and expertise. (12/12)
- Was reviewed by the Scout Report. (12/12)
- I am forwarding this URL to the other students in my 600-level interpretive research methods class. (12/12)
- Ye-es, thanks for a great walk-thru. Firstly, my way of finding your site was not listed; precisely...I receive reports and listings of websites in my email box daily via a number of services and this one was included. I was not specifically looking for this type of information; however, I am a professional researcher and I am designing my webpage AND thinking-thru a reference book idea. I clicked thru to this website to help assimulate and arrange my ideas; also to learn a good process for how to lay-out information - I call this information architecture. With a background in film production (production manager) I was happy to see the suggestion of using different coloured pages for each draft; we have utilised this method for script changes in the film business for decades. Drafts of scripts as well as shooting schedules are coloured.. meanwhile, the info here is presented well, is presented in both an informative and 'casual' (non-threatening..not entertaining, just very simply and well) way.
I enjoyed the review of the info and have bookmarked the site.
- Quite useful, but not very different from other guides that I've read (e.g. Phillips & Pugh. I'm looking for something more specific for law theses. (12/12)
- Your site appears to me to be useful although I haven't read it in depth.
One thing I would change right away is to move to a serifed font or type face. Using sans serif fonts/type faces makes reading the document difficult. The human eye moves across serif fonts/type faces easily. Thanks for providing this site and links to other similar sites. (Note - As much as I like the Sans Serif font I guess I'll have to yield - a few others have also mentioned that it would read easier if it was a Serif font. Thanks! s.j.l.) (12/12)
- This is exactly what I need to read right now.
I'm one semester away from beginning a thesis,
spending this semester preparing for the actual work
(literature review, articulating a research question,
establishing a methodology ...).
The checklist will come in handy more than once over the next three months.I found the link from the Internet Scout Report.
I'm emailed the TOC each week.Hope this helps,
and thanks for helping make the internet a useful tool.
It's not always, as I'm sure you know. (12/11)
- This is an excellent resource that I plan to share with my dissertation support group. Thanks! (12/11)
- This has been of tremendous help. I am just a first year graduate student totally naive about the entire process and this web site has helped me understand the process so much better. I have already e-mailed this web address to everyone in my program and I definetly hope they take advantage of it. Thank you so much. (12/11)
- I'm collecting various similar sites. Yours is nicely laid out, and
succinctly gives the main ideas. I found it on the Scout Report.
Here's another site your readers might be interested in:
- Is this process similar to that for the M.A./M.Sc. thesis??
Undergrads, like myself, may visit this site, but leave unsure of
how applicable this is to a Master's programme. What are the
similarities or differences??
Overall, a very enjoyable and interesting read. (12/11)
- this site gave me realistic idea about the process. As it stands now,
I am in the middle of this process and feeling a little lost and
- Good advice for any presentation to a group, ie, county board,
library board, etc. I do not like the type face used. It is very distracting and makes
the content seem trivial. (12/11)
- Thanks for the information. I am trying to decide whether to write a thesis or take exams. The input I got from this site should be very helpful. (12/9)
- I found this website helpful. I am just now preparing my dissertation proposal. Some of the writing suggestions were great, as was the strategy presented for the defense of the dissertation. Even though it would make the site a little longer I would have liked more examples in each of the sections. More examples, that is, of specific topics that work and don't work and why. More suggestions and examples of interesting methodologies, or combinations. Thank you again for your time. (12/9)
- Excellent resource! Thanks! (12/9)
- Thank you very much for the tip...it is very helpful (12/7)
- I forwarded this site on to my collegues in the college of ed. Hope you don't mind! (12/7)
- I need all the help I can get. I know what I want to work on but can't seem to get it into a manageable question. (12/7)
- It would be good to have examples of proposals to look at. (Note - I had considered doing this but felt there was too much variation between what major professors expect in a proposal. Ask your major professor to pull a few old proposals from her/his files to share with you. Your major professor is still the key person that you must work the closest with. s.j.l.) (12/7)
- I am in the first semester of a doctoral program and I appreciate the guide putting the process of the disseratation into perspective. The site was reccomentded by the department chair. (12/6)
- This is very well done. I will recommend it as a resource to my students. I enjoyed your organization and writing style. (12/6)
- A real short condensed version with all the steps needed. (12/2)
- I am currently in the "Thinking About it Stage" in completing my dissertation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I feel "stuck in the mud" and am frustrated about my progress. Your website has given me a renewed sense of energy in getting this done! Thank you. (12/1)
- This has been helpful for me to look at from time to time as I struggle with thi dissertation thing. I also tell people about your site! (11/30)
- Good infomration and well-organized. I have trouble with the green text and persons with red/green color-blindness will have even more trouble! (Note - Thanks for the feedback. Have changed the HTML so it works better on MS Explorer. s.j.l.) (11/30)
- Printed out web page to read at length.
A member of the faculty informed the grad student population about
this site. (11/30)
- Great information. Thank you for making me a little less intimidated now. (11/29)
- This is a very well designed site, and helpful to boot. Thank you so much. (11/28)
- I've simply downloaded it to read later; I
found it because it was mentioned on the
doc-talk mailing list. I don't know yet
how helpful it will be! so I can't answer
all your questions. (11/28)
- Very helpful and full of practical information.
The clear writing style and supportive tone reinforce
the well-organized material. Thank you! I will be
sharing this site with others. (11/27)
- This is an extermely helpful and detailed site. I am just starting my Ph.D program (Mar '99) and want to get as much info as possible on dissertations and what is needed. I'll be visiting more as I progress through my program :-) (11/24)
- Infact, I just want to get some advices for preparing my thesis.
I'm a part-time student and studying the MBA in TQM with Newport University.
This is a distance learning programme. Hope you can generate some ideas with me. (11/20)
- Great to find help like this. I wish my supervisor, Uni did something!!! (11/19)
- Tips are great. My main concern is finding out US standards/approaches as I come from a European academic tradition and there are some notable differences e.g. in terms of materials relied on, predominant type of research approach etc. Might be worthwhile for you to explore. (10/30)
- As a graduate student who is attempting to start writing my thesis, it would be a nice source to break the ice. (10/28)
- This is one of the most thoughtful websites imaginable. The author is doing a major service to us graduate students by laying out the process of writing a dissertation in a plain, straightforward fashion. He is to be congratulated! (10/23)
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