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Dissertation Research--Planning, Researching, Publishing

This guide was created to help GWU doctoral students in researching and writing their dissertation

Books to help guide you through the dissertation process

These books are available at one of the GW Libraries. To locate a copy (or request a copy for yourself), click on the book image.

Accountability Tools

Web Tools:

  • The Dissertation Calculator - This online tool from the University of Minnesota helps students navigate the process of writing a dissertation. The Dissertation Calculator breaks down the process into manageable stages with suggested deadlines, and provides students with important resources.
  • - This website offers free content related to dissertation writing and research.
  • All-But-Dissertation Survival Guide - a free, monthly email newsletter which focuses on ways to help its readers more readily overcome the roadblocks that often seem to stand in the way of completing the dissertation.
  • PhinisheD - a discussion and support group for students who are working to finish their dissertations or theses. It offers a variety of suggestions and resources.
  • Mary McKinney's Successful Academic E-Newsletter: Success tips from a dissertation coach who's also a clinical psychologist.
  • Writing and Presenting Your Theses or Dissertation - this guide created by S. Joseph Levine at Michigan State University, was developed to assist graduate students in thinking through the many aspects of crafting, implementing and defending a thesis or dissertation.
  • Time Management using the Pomodoro Technique


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