For When You’d Rather Read Than Write

I’ve been researching how universities support their graduate students through the thesis-writing process for another project I’m working on (it’s okay if you’re impressed), and came across the names of many books written about writing your thesis. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a nice list on its website that includes short descriptions of each book, so you can pick the one that might be the most helpful for you.

Based on that list, and others I’ve found on the internet, here are the ones I’ve added to my “Thesis” list on Goodreads.

  1. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article by Howard S. Becker
  2. Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals by Lawrence F. Locke
  3. The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations & Books by Eviatar Zerubavel
  4. The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth
  5. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day by Joan Bolker
  6. Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process by Kjell Erik Rudestam
  7. Writing the Qualitative Dissertation: Understanding by Doing by Judith M. Meloy
  8. Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-By-Step Guide by Allan A. Glatthorn
  9. Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing by R. Murray Thomas

Right now I’m on page 102 of around 200 in Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article by Howard S. Becker, and I like it well enough. The book is geared toward social science students, but it offers many helpful insights into the writing process itself. I’ll post a full review when I’ve finished it.

If you know of any books that should be added to my list, please let me know!

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