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The master's thesis or PhD dissertation can be a daunting task for any graduate student. In this section, you'll find advice for every stage of your project, from organizing, staying on track, and utilizing a support group, to working with your committee, overcoming procrastination, and navigating the final steps, including the defense, format review, and binding/microfilming your finished document.
How to organize your thesis
An introduction to graduate-level research and the impact it has on the organization of the thesis/dissertation. How to organize your thesis from Carleton University - Ottawa, Canada
Completing your dissertation
A resource to get you started and help you stay on track. Read completing your dissertation from the University of Maryland - College Park.
How to write a dissertation or bedtime reading for people who do not have time to sleep
Douglas E. Comer, a Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University, writes this essay containing practical advice and helpful tips for graduate students in all subject areas.
Managing large writing projects
This article from the University of Washington outlines strategies to break down a seemingly formidable undertaking into smaller, more manageable parts.
Graduate policies: maintaining academic progress
Graduate Education policies regarding GPA and time limits on degree completion.
PhinisheD is a discussion and support group for people trying to finish their dissertation or thesis and those who have been there.
For those who struggle with procrastination, here is a comprehensive 5-step process that provides tips to help students work through the sometimes daunting task of writing the dissertation. Tara L. Kuther, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Western Connecticut State University.
Working with your committee
You should first consult your ASU academic unit. Here is a brief overview of important considerations when selecting and working with committee members. Produced by Claremont Graduate University - Office of Academic Affairs
The care and feeding of your dissertation/thesis committee
This article offers a pragmatic approach to selecting and developing relationships with your dissertation/thesis committee members. Produced by the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Completing the degree
Visit completing your degree to find information regarding the thesis/dissertation format review, thesis/dissertation defenses and applying for graduation.
Thesis and dissertation binding/microfilming
The ASU Bookstore is the place to go for information on thesis & dissertation binding and microfilming.
Publishing your thesis/dissertation
In addition to binding services, the ASU Bookstore can also assist students who are interested in making their research available as a scholarly publication.
The dissertation defense: being well-defended in a good way
This article from the APA Graduate Students' website offers practical advice on mental preparation, "stage" presence, and simple logistics for graduate students who are preparing to defend their dissertations.