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Resources for Dissertation Writers

"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 and dissertation committee

Databases & Search Tools

Theses & Dissertations 

Resources for Literature Review Articles  

Databases for Social Sciences


  • Your Subject Specialist Librarian

  • Ask the Librarian for Help with Literature Review Project
    Schedule a research consultation (f2f, email, phone, or web conferencing system) for:
    • Finding appropriate databases or journals for specific discipline research and highly interdisciplinary research
    • Verifying incomplete or incorrect citations
    • Developing subject-specific search strategies for database searching
    • Creating a plan to acquire or have access to research materials (purchase, ILL, UBorrow, etc.)
    • Replicating a search strategy explained in a paper
    • Learning how to organize citations using citation management programs such as Zotero or EndNote Web
    • Learning how to keep up with new publications on a given topic
    • Formatting citations in a given publishing style (i.e., secondary citation)  

Writing & Citing

Writing Exercise or Help

Help with APA Style

Citation Management Tools

Plagiarism Detection Program

Statistical Consulting

Statistical Consulting Center @ Department of Statistics
Free service for graduate students for thesis work and assistance in upper level courses and to faculty for research   

Mental Health & Doctoral Students

“Advice” section of The Chronicle of Higher Education
Access to The Chronicle of Higher Education is available through FSU Libraries.
_Go to 
_On the upper left corner of the screen, you will see = SECTIONS link.
_Click onto the link, scroll down, then click onto Advice
_ Scroll down then under [More Advice News] click on “The Unmet Mental-Health needs of Foreign Doctoral Students” link. In case you don’t see the link, you can search the site by typing the article title or run a query with "mental health" "doctoral students". The search box will be on the upper right hand of the page.
_ For more related content, check out the bottom of the page, such as 
    "Why does graduate school kill so many marriages” 
    "Why we need to talk more about mental health in graduate school"
Fairly STEM-centric, but the journal Nature has published a number of articles on mental health and doctoral students. To read the article, please go to, then, copy-paste the following onto the search box: "graduate students" "mental health"

Council of Graduate School
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