Writing the Successful Thesis and Dissertation by Irene L. Clark
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A complete, step-by-step, practical overview of the process of writing successful theses and dissertations


Every year thousands of graduate students face the daunting–sometimes terrifying– challenge of writing a thesis or dissertation. But most of them have received little or no instruction on doing it well. This book shows them how in ways no other book does. It combines the practical guidance and theoretical understanding students need to complete their theses or dissertations with maximum insight and minimum stress. Drawing on her extensive research and experience advising hundreds of graduate students, Dr. Irene Clark presents a solid overview of the writing process. Clark shows how to apply innovative theories of process and genre and understand the writing process for what it is: your entrance into a conversation with the scholarly community that will determine your success or failure. This book offers useful strategies for each phase of the process, from choosing advisors and identifying topics through writing, revision, and review. Coverage includes


•  Getting started: overcoming procrastination and writer’s block

•  Understanding the genre of the thesis or dissertation

•  Speaking the “language of the academy”

•  Writing compelling proposals

•  Developing and revising drafts

•  Constructing effective literature reviews

•  Working with tables, graphs, and other visual materials

•  Working with advisors and dissertation committees

•  Avoiding inadvertent plagiarism


Experience based, theoretically grounded, jargon free, and practical, Writing the Successful Thesis and Dissertation will help you become a more effective writer–and a more meaningful contributor to the scholarly conversation.


Preface xi

Introduction: Writing a Thesis or Dissertation: An Overview of the Process xix


Chapter 1: Getting Started 1

Chapter 2: So What? Discovering Possibilities 17

Chapter 3: The Proposal as an Argument: A Genre Approach to the Proposal 33

Chapter 4: Mapping Texts: The Reading/Writing Connection 63

Chapter 5: Writing and Revising 83

Chapter 6: Writing the Literature Review 103

Chapter 7: Using Visual Materials 125

Chapter 8: The Advisor and Thesis/Dissertation Committee 139

Chapter 9: Working with Grammar and Style 155

Chapter 10: Practical Considerations 175


Index: 193



About Irene L. Clark

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Dr. Irene L. Clark is Professor of English and Director of Composition at California State University Northridge, where she is also in charge of the Master's degree in Rhetoric and Composition option. She has published in College Composition and Communication, Profession, Composition Forum, and The Writing Center Journal, and has written several books that focus on writing and the teaching of writing, including Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing, Writing in the Center, and The Genre of Argument.
Published December 21, 2006 by Prentice Hall. 240 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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