Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing

By R. Murray Thomas; Dale L. Brubaker | Go to book overview

Chapter 13
Writing the Final Version
"A friend told me his advisory committee turned down the first version of his dissertation because they said it was badly written. What precisely is the difference between a well written and a badly written dissertation?"
This chapter offers suggestions about how to produce the ultimate document that will earn your graduate degree. The chapter addresses two sets of issues:
Meeting the university's thesis or dissertation requirements as well as accommodating your supervising committee's preferences.
Writing a skillfully crafted, readable document.

FULFILLING REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERENCES

Two sources of expectations that your final work is expected to meet are (a) your university's or department's standards and (b) the preferences of your major advisor and members of your supervising committee.


University and Department Requirements

Graduate students sometimes are unaware of the requirements set by their university or department regarding (a) deadlines for submitting theses and dissertations and (b) the form in which theses and dissertations must be written. Therefore, early in the process of conducting your research--and certainly before writing the final version--you'll profit from inspecting those requirements. How you find such information can vary from one institution to another. A place to start hunting is the university's graduate school catalog or bulletin, where guidance about such matters may be found in the index under the words thesis and dissertation. The catalog may mention a Guide for Preparation of Theses and Dissertations which you can obtain from the graduate school office, the central library, or the campus bookstore.

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