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Resources for Dissertation Writing: Home

"There are two kinds of dissertations, finished and unfinished." - Anonymous

In this guide we hope dissertation writers will find helpful resources and tips to get your dissertation done. Resources for dissertation supervisors, dissertation committee members, faculty mentors, and dissertation support groups are also available in here. Good luck in the journey!

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FSU Resources for Writing

FSU Reading-Writing Center  
Writing support for graduate students across the disciplines. 

Stages and Timeline of Dissertation Writing


Use  Dissertation Calculator to plan a timeline for your dissertation journey:

Note: a screenshot from University of Minnesota Library

Stages of Dissertation Writing
(from U. of Minnesota)
Read the narrative from Univ. of Minnesota. Each stage contains practical tips for dissertators.
1: Understanding expectations
2: Identifying your research questions
3: Developing a methodology or methodological framework
4: Surveying literature to position your research in your field
5: Establishing a dissertation committee
6: Writing a dissertation proposal
7: Creating a work plan
8: Creating a dissertation support network
9: Conducting research
10: Conducting a comprehensive literature review
11: Outlining and drafting chapters
12: Taking care of visual details (illustrations, tables, figures, graphics, etc.)
13: Reviewing, revising, and submitting your text for comment and initial approval
14: Creating defense draft and defending dissertation
15: Writing the abstract
16: Finalizing revisions
17: Submitting dissertation  
18: Getting closure 


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Scholars Commons
Located in the basement of Strozier Library


This guide was originally created by Kyung Kim, Business/Communication Librarian at FSU. 

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