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Writing Dissertations

A dissertation is a rigorous research and writing process. It is very common that some doctoral students feel lost and unsure about the appropriate approaches they should take during the course of this long-term scholarly project. The resources presented on this page provide some strategies and practical help.



Books

Brause, R. S. (2000). Writing your doctoral dissertation: Invisible rules for success. [LB 2369 B72 2000]
“Writing your dissertation proposal while designing your dissertation research” pp. 97-115.

Hart, C. (2005). Doing your masters dissertation: Realizing your potential as a social scientist . [LB 2369 H325 2005]
“Writing your research proposal” pp. 365-405.

Martin, R. (1980). Writing and defending a thesis or dissertation in psychology and education. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas. [BF 76.5 M36]
"Chapter 2: The formal proposal and the committee selection" pp. 19-37.

Mauch, J. E. & Park, N. (2003). Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: a handbook for students and faculty. [REF LB 2369 M377 2003]
"Developing the proposal" pp. 67-96.
"Preparation of the proposal" pp. 97-142.

Ogden, E. H. (1993). Completing your doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis in two semesters or less. REF LB 2369 O33 1993]
“Designing your dissertation and preparing the prospectus and proposal” pp. 73-96.






Internet Resources

Literature Reviews (by The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Writing a Psychology Literature Review by Psychology Writing Center, University of Washington)

Guidelines for writing a literature review (by Helen Mongan-Rallis, Education Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth)


Articles and Books

Boote, D. N. & Beile, P. (2005). Scholars Before Researchers: On the Centrality of the Dissertation Literature Review in Research Preparation. Educational Researcher, 34(6), 3-15.

Bryant, M. T. (2004). The portable dissertation advisor. [LB 1742 B79 2004]
"The literature review" pp. 61-94.

Cooley, L. (2003). Dissertation writing in practice: Turning ideas into text. [LB 2369 C66X 2003]
"Reviewing the literature" pp. 20-22.
"Key features of a literature review" pp. 22-30.
"The literature review: an additional feature - hypotheses and research questions" pp. 30-34.

Hart, C. (2005). Doing your masters dissertation: Realizing your potential as a social scientist . [LB 2369 H325 2005]
“Searching and reviewing the literature” pp. 365-405.

Martin, R. (1980). Writing and defending a thesis or dissertation in psychology and education. [BF 76.5 M36]
“Review of the literature” pp. 42-49.

Murray, R. (2003). How to write a thesis. [LB 2369 M87 2003]
“Writing a literature review” pp. 101-114.

Oliver, P. (2004). Writing your thesis. [LB 2369 O55 2004]
"The literature review" pp. 106-118.

Rudestam, K. E. & Newton, R. R. (2007). Surviving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process. [LB 2369 R83 2007]
“Literature review and statement of the problem” pp. 61-85.






Internet Resources

General Regulations Governing the Submission of a Dissertation (by UAlbany Office of Graduate Studies)

Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation (by S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D., Michigan State University)

Books

Brause, R. S. (2000). Writing your doctoral dissertation: Invisible rules for success. [LB 2369 B72 2000]

Bryant, M. T. (2004). The portable dissertation advisor. [LB 1742 B79 2004]

Cooley, L. (2003). Dissertation writing in practice: Turning ideas into text. [LB 2369 C66X 2003]

Dunleavy, P. (2003). Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. [LB 2369 D85 2003]

Hart, C. (2005). Doing your masters dissertation: Realizing your potential as a social scientist . [LB 2369 H325 2005]

Hawley, P. (2003). Being bright is not enough: The unwritten rules of doctoral study. [LB 2386 H38 2003]

Luey, M. (Ed.) (2004). Revising your dissertation : advice from leading editors. [LB 2369 R49 2004]

Martin, R. (1980). Writing and defending a thesis or dissertation in psychology and education. [BF 76.5 M36]

Mauch, J. E. & Park, N. (2003). Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: a handbook for students and faculty. [REF LB 2369 M377 2003]

Rudestam, K. E. & Newton, R. R. (2007). Surviving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process. [LB 2369 R83 2007]




Distinguished Dissertations (School of Education, University at Albany)

2017-2018

Xian Li, Educational and Counseling Psychology
Cumulative Risk and Chinese Adolescent Problematic Internet Use: The Mediating Role of Self-esteem

Marianne Stone, Educational and Counseling Psychology
Effects of Brief Mindfulness Practice on Perceptions of Therapist Empathy, Self-Awareness, and the Real Relationship

Fang Yu, Educational Theory and Practice
Language Socialization of Mainland Chinese Adolescents in U.S. Science Classrooms


2016-2017

Hamide Gozu, Educational and Counseling Psychology
The Role Of Personality, Perceived Parental Differential Treatment, And Perceptions Of Fairness On The Quality Of Sibling Relationships Among Emerging Adults

Dante J. Salto, Educational Policy & Leadership
Regulation Through Accreditation In Argentine Graduate Education: Regulatory Actions And Organizational Responses

Sarah J. Zuckerman, Educational Policy & Leadership
Organizing For Collective Impact In A Cradle-To-Career Network


2015-2016

I-Ching Grace Hung, Educational and Counseling Psychology
The Mediating Effect of Self-Awareness in the Relations of Self-Compassion and Training Variables to Therapist Self-Efficacy

Harry Leonardatos, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
Comparing Organizational Configurations of Principal Autonomy in Finland and New York

Taya Louise Owens, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
The Role of Academic Departments in Graduate Academic Program Innovation

Julie Smit, Literacy Teaching and Learning
Eighth Grade Girls’ Knowledge Building with Narrative Texts


2013-2014

Jill Crombie-Borgos, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
An Examination of Interconnectedness Between U.S. International Branch Campuses and Their Host Countries


2012-2013

Andrew Kerlow-Myers, Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling Psychology
Assessing the Relationship of Career Goal Autonomy and Intrinsic Content on Vocational and General Well-Being

Sun Hwa Lee, Reading
Effects of the Interactive Strategies Approach on At-Risk Children’s Spelling Development

Gulnara Sadykova, Educational Theory and Practice
Learning Experiences of International Students in Online Courses: Mixed Methods Study


2011-2012

Jonathan Gagliardi, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
Measuring Entrepreneurship in the Academic Heartland

Deniz Ortactepe, Educational Theory and Practice
The Development of Conceptual Socialization in Turkish International Students: A Language Socialization Perspective on Conceptual Fluency and Social Identity

Xiaoyuan Tan, Educational and Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology and Methodology
A Study of Birth Weight as a Predictor of Cognitive Ability in Childhood: Applications of Loess Regression and Generalized Propensity Score Methods

Rene Wilson, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
Taking on the Perspective of the Other: Understanding Parents’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of Parent Involvement in Students’ Educational Experiences


2010-2011

Marta Albert, Reading
Enhancing Literacy Among Rural, Work-Oriented Youth: A Cultural Analysis

Cristina Muńiz de la Peńa, Educational and Counseling Psychology
How Do Therapists Ally with Adolescents in the Context of Family Therapy? An Examination of Relational Control Communication Patterns

Ancell Scheker-Mendoza, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
Educational Reform and Teachers' Decision Making: Relationship between the Intended and the Implemented Reading Curriculum in Dominican Primary Schools


2009-2010

Kimberly Anderson, Reading
The Effects of Professional Development on Early Reading Skills: A Comparison of Two Approaches to Word Solving

Janice Harewood, Educational and Counseling Psychology
Social and Personal Determinants of Help-Seeking Intentions Among Black College Students

Prachayani Praphamontripong, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
Intra-Sectoral Diversity: A Political Economy of Thai Private Higher Education

Yi-jung Wu, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
A Case Study of Intended and Implemented TANF Policies in the New York State Bridge Program


2008-2009

Marcelo A. Rabossi, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
Agency Costs and Labor Contract Design in the University Market: Public and Private Cases in Argentina

Melissa J. Sheehy Carmel, Educational and Counseling Psychology
The Relation of Secondary Traumatization to Therapists' Perceptions of the Working Alliance With Sex Offenders

Thomas L. Tarantelli, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
Lessons From Katrina: The Response of Higher Education to Assist Students Impacted by the Storm


2007-2008

Jozef Bastiaens, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
International Assistance and State-University Relations in Indonesia (1978-1998) Seeking Autonomy Within a Bureaucratic Polity

Felix Fernandez, Educational and Counseling Psychology
The Effects of Gender Stereotype Threat on Female Students’ Math Performance and the Potential Effects of Moderating and Mediating Variables

Kari Kay Taylor, Educational and Counseling Psychology
The Interactive Effects of White Therapists' Racial Ambivalence, Client Race, and Client Behavior on Therapists' Clinical Impressions"


2006-2007

Ronald F. Dugan, Educational and Counseling Psychology
Examining the Construct Validity of Academic Self-Regulation Using the Survey of Academic Self-Regulation (SASR)

Carrie Eunyoung Hong, Reading
Learning Other Cultures’ Ways of Knowing: Literacy and Subjectivity Among Korean Students Learning English

John J. Kowal, Educational Administration and Policy Studies
Faculty Participation in Decision-Making in Academic Departments of Two-Year Colleges in New York State

Elizabeth J. Zhe, Educational and Counseling Psychology
Effects of a Crisis Drill on Children’s Knowledge, Anxiety, and Perceptions of School Safety


2005-2006

Christina A. Cruz, Educational Theory and Practice
Gender Games: Micro-competitions and a Woman’s Sense of Self as Coach

Erin McCloskey, Reading
Taking on a Learning Disability: Negotiating Special Education and Learning to Read

Sarah E. Torok, Educational and Counseling Psychology
Cognitive and Metalinguistic Precursors of Emergent Literacy Skills


2004-2005

Terry L. Murray, Educational Theory and Practice
Exploring the Psychological Terrain of the Virtual Classroom: The Nature of Relationship and Power in Online Teaching and Learning

Kristen Campbell Wilcox, Educational Theory and Practice
Cultural Dissonance in ESL Dialogue: A Study of Two College Classrooms