Here I will be identifying resources to help graduate students and junior faculty to jump all those hurdles that need to be jumped. Feel free to add your own favorite resources, or comment on the resources I have mentioned.*

One book that should be required reading for every doctoral student from Day 1 is  How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation, by Dr. David Sternberg. I myself did not even know of its existence until I was well into the second draft of my dissertation. I know it would have saved me much time and many headaches if I’d had it from the beginning. It is well worth reading at any stage, so pick up a copy if you haven’t already!

For those attempting to get a start in publishing journal articles, there is Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success, by Wendy Laura Belcher.

And this: What do Journal Editors Want?

For those who are ready to publish a book: Getting it Published:  A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books by William Germano. Published by the University of Chicago Press, it is available as an ebook as well as traditional print forms.

This is a terrific overview of how to write that pesky literature review: [PDF]
A Guide to Writing the Dissertation Literature Review – A Practical Guide to Finishing a Masters, MBA or PhD on Schedule

Those are just for starters!


*A note on links: on principle I give priority to author and publisher pages, rather than to Amazon has become an overbearing behemoth with far too much influence on the publishing industry!

3 thoughts on “Resources

  1. matrixedit Post author

    Some universities are finally accepting that academic writing for graduate students and faculty is a whole different ball of wax from the writing one does as an undergraduate, and they are offering courses and writing center resources to graduate students, and particularly to dissertators. The University of Kansas, for instance, offers three-credit courses in Introduction to Graduate Writing and Thesis & Dissertation Writing, as well as a three-credit dissertation workshop and multiple-credit tutorials. The University of Wisconsin, Madison, has individualized services for dissertators as well as workshops available through their writing center.

    I encourage you to check with your own university before hiring services such as mine.


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    I do believe all of the concepts you have presented on your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very quick for starters. May just you please extend them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.


    1. matrixedit Post author

      Hi. Thanks for reading & commenting. Yes, I will probably extend one or more of these at some time in the future. But of course you must understand that I don’t want to just give away everything I know, as I make a living by editing…

      Also, my hope is that people will actually read these resources. They are extremely valuable.



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