Writing Theses and Dissertations

by Jennifer Hillman Helgren and David Parker

This updated Writing Center dissertation web page is designed to help students at all phases of the dissertation writing process. Whether you've only begun to choose a topic and a committee or you are revising chapters and are nearly finished, we think you will find useful information to guide you as you enter the conversation in your field. We hope that our advice helps you write a dissertation that is truly your own--one that you are both passionate about and proud of. We also hope that our site offers the encouragement necessary to keep you writing at those moments when the dissertation process seems overwhelming.

"If there's a book you really want to read,
but it hasn't been written yet,
then you must write it."
~Toni Morrison

Please select from the following table of contents to access the different portions of this guide:

Choosing a Topic Maintaining Your Focus
Writing the Proposal Organizing
Working with Your Committee Obtaining Feedback
Conducting Research Revising
The Writing Process Managing Your Time
Dealing with Writer's Block Additional Sources
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