Congratulations! You are nearing the end of your academic journey! Now comes the final challenge…writing your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The UI&U Library has many resources that will help you to plan, research and create your culminating work. Faculty supervisors, we’ve also included a few titles for you. Your UI&U Librarians have highlighted some favorites, but there are many more theses and dissertation handbooks in OneSearch.
We welcome any suggestions from students and faculty about other ebooks that would help to improve our collection, so please let us know of any helpful and interesting titles!
Writing a Proposal for Your Dissertation: Guidelines and Examples. This user-friendly guide helps students get started on–and complete–a successful doctoral dissertation proposal by accessibly explaining the process and breaking it down into manageable steps. Steven R. Terrell demonstrates how to write each chapter of the proposal, including the problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions and hypotheses; literature review; and detailed plan for data collection and analysis. Of special utility, end-of-chapter exercises serve as building blocks for developing a full draft of an original proposal. Numerous case study examples are drawn from across the social, behavioral, and health science disciplines. Appendices present an exemplary proposal written three ways to encompass quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs. –Publisher’s description
How to Write a Thesis How to Write a Thesis [by Rowena Murray] provides an invaluable resource to help students consider, plan and write their theses. The third edition of this best-selling and well loved book builds on the success of the second edition. –Publisher’s description
Writing A Successful Thesis Or Dissertation: Tips And Strategies For Students In The Social And Behavioral Sciences. The advice and resources you need to complete your thesis or dissertation! Written in a conversational style for both faculty and students, this how-to manual covers quantitative and qualitative research methods and provides comprehensive guidance for successfully completing a master′s thesis or doctoral dissertation. Drawing on 40 years of experience supervising dissertations, the authors provide examples from 100 completed projects to guide readers through: choosing a topic and writing research hypotheses, selecting a chair or committee, ensuring a successful proposal and oral defense, adapting the finished product for publication, using the Internet and desktop publishing effectively. –Publisher’s description
How to Write a Thesis By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis — from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic… -Publisher’s Description Also Available as an Audiobook.
Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation. Dissertations aren’t walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. Destination Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully develop and complete their dissertations. It uses travel as a metaphor framing the process as an exciting trip of 29 steps that can be completed in less than nine months. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck, from conceptualizing a topic to editing the final work. It includes a wealth of real-life examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the proposal and coding data. This time-tested method comes from the authors’ successful work at the Denver-based Scholars’ Retreat. –Publisher’s description
From Dissertation to Book. Since its publication in 2005, From Dissertation to Book has helped thousands of young academic authors get their books beyond the thesis committee and into the hands of interested publishers and general readers. Now revised and updated to reflect the evolution of scholarly publishing, this edition includes a new chapter arguing that the future of academic writing is in the hands of young scholars who must create work that meets the broader expectations of readers rather than the narrow requirements of academic committees… –Publisher’s description
Revising your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors. The aftermath of graduate school can be particularly trying for those under pressure to publish their dissertations. Written with good cheer and jammed with information, this lively guide offers hard-to-find practical advice on successfully turning a dissertation into a book or journal articles that will appeal to publishers and readers. It will help prospective authors master writing and revision skills, better understand the publishing process, and increase their chances of getting their work into print. This edition features new tips and planning tables to facilitate project scheduling, and a new foreword by Sandford G. Thatcher, Director of Penn State University Press. –Publisher’s description
Making the Implicit Explicit: Creating Performance Expectations for the Dissertation Despite their and other stakeholders’ consistent demand for excellence, doctoral programs have rarely, if ever, been assessed in terms of the quality of the dissertations departments produce. Yet dissertations provide the most powerful, objective measure of the success of a department’s doctoral program. Indeed, assessment, when done properly, can help departments achieve excellence by providing insight into a program’s strengths and weaknesses. This book and the groundbreaking study on which it is based is about making explicit to doctoral students the tacit “rules” for the assessment of the final of all final educational products—the dissertation… –Publisher’s description
Understanding Supervision and the PhD (Faculty) Explores the experience of supervision and the PhD, drawing on a range of key viewpoints to further understanding of this complex educational experience. –Publisher’s description
Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses (Faculty) Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses is a practical, research-backed guide to creating a course that is valuable for both the student and the school. The book covers the design, administration, and teaching of capstone courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum, guiding departments seeking to add a capstone course, and allowing those who have one to compare it to others in the discipline. The ideas presented in the book are supported by regional and national surveys that help the reader understand what’s common, what’s exceptional, what works, and what doesn’t within capstone courses. -Publisher’s description
You’ve finished the work, and you’re proud of it (as you should be!). But then you begin to wonder: now how do I get this thing published?
Whether you’re looking to sharpen your work through revision, focus on the craft of writing, learn the ins and outs of academic publishing, or focus on online writing, the UI&U Library has you covered. Below is a sample selection of titles to help you polish–and perhaps even publish–your work. For further assistance in accessing similar titles, please feel free to contact us.
Smart shopping involves saving time and money by selecting the best product. You don’t want something that will fall apart within the year, and that requires product research.
The library collection includes magazines with product reviews, such as Consumer Reports and Wired.
To find product reviews, use the search box on the library homepage. Search for your product or product type, i.e. “coffee makers” (see search tips tutorial).
Once in OneSearch, limit the search results by adding the keyword “reviews” to the search box or specifying “Reviews” as the Source Type (limits to product reviews, book reviews, film reviews, etc.). You can narrow the search results further by limiting the publication date to the last few years.
Another great place for product research is Wirecutter, which is owned by the New York Times. “Wirecutter is a list of the best gear and gadgets for people who want to save the time and stress of figuring out what to buy. Whatever sort of thing you need—tableware or TV or air purifier—we make shopping for it easy by telling you the best one to get…our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.”
So before you hit the sales, make sure you are getting the best value for your money with product reviews.
Reading the top journals in your field is a great way to stay up-to-date, and the library is full of free, peer-reviewed journals!
Popular journals in the library’s collection include: Academy of Management Review, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Signs, Journal of Human Lactation, Police Chief, Research on Social Work Practice, and the American Political Science Review.
The library collection even includes popular magazines such as Oprah, The Smithsonian, and Consumer Reports.
Your librarians are ready to help you find the right journals for you, and to set-up alerts so new issues are delivered straight to your inbox! There is also a journals alert tutorial in the library’s help center with journal suggestions and instructions for creating an alert.
Have you heard of Zotero? Zotero is a powerful citation and research management tool that can save you time and help safe-guard your research. This program allows you to import citations and save PDFs of most resources to your personal Zotero Library. Your Zotero Library helps you organize research, link back to articles and webpages, and provides the information needed to create a bibliography and in-text citations. Zotero is compatible with Microsoft Word and LibreOffice, and using either of these programs, it will instantly generate citations formatted in thousands of styles.
With the Zotero sync tool, you can access your research from any computer with an internet connection, and it is compatible with most major internet browsers. Perhaps best of all, Zotero is free to use. While this tool usually takes experienced researchers several days to learn, we highly recommend taking the time to master this resource if you are completing graduate-level research. If you are interested in using Zotero, please visit the UI&U help page for step-by-step instructions on creating a Zotero account. Your UI&U Librarians are also available for one-on-one training and assistance.
When using OneSearch, your default search results will display as a Brief View. This view shows the title and citation information for each result. If you want to quickly see the summary of a book or article from your search results page, change the result format to Standard by using the Page Options menu, found at the top of your Search Results. The Standard View displays the title and citation plus the first few lines of the abstract, when it’s available. The Detailed View will show the title, citation, and the full abstract. From the page options menu, you can also change the number of search results per page. If you want to save your display preferences, remember to sign in to your OneSearch Account.
The UI&U Library is a member of the SouthWest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON) Consortium. Many member libraries in the Greater Cincinnati area participate in the SWON Direct Lend Program. This program allows current UI&U students, faculty, and staff who reside in the Greater Cincinnati area to check-out library materials from participating institutions.
If you are interested in using this service, contact the UI&U Library to request your lending card. We will create your card and work with you to determine which local libraries participate in the direct lending program.
Whether you are interested in publishing your research or just want to improve your academic writing skills, the UI&U Library is here to help. Check out the library’s newest e-books for tips on persuasive and effective writing, finding the right home for your research, and understanding the publishing process. You can also access additional publishing and writing resources in OneSearch.
They Say, I Say (audiobook). “The New York Times best-selling book on academic writing―in use at more than 1,500 schools.
“They Say / I Say” identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves. And, because these moves are central across all disciplines, the book includes chapters on writing in the sciences, writing in the social sciences, and―new to this edition―writing about literature.”—Publisher.
Essentials of Publishing Qualitative Research. “Getting a qualitative article or book published involves more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. You also need to know how to navigate the social relations of presenting your work to the journal editor or book publisher—and how to craft your message to them—if you want to be successful. Written by a highly-respected publisher of qualitative research, this brief, practical resource shows you how to identify the right home for your work. It also guides you through the publications process– from crafting the abstract to writing, production, and marketing–once you’ve found the best publisher. The author -demystifies what publishers and journal editors do, how they make their decisions on qualitative articles, research studies, and methods. [Also] discusses edited books, how to publish from your dissertation, and when to consider open access and electronic publications. Includes case studies, appendixes, forms, and resources to help the aspiring academic”—Publisher.
First Steps in Journal Article Writing. “This concise and practical volume guides the reader through the process of article writing for submission to scholarly journals. It provides helpful examples and clarification of the steps involved and will prove to be an invaluable resource for both novice and experienced researchers. Chapters include selecting a topic, proposal design, research design and methodological considerations, submitting an article for publication and the role of critical readers”—Publisher’s description.
Pocket Guide to Preparing Social Work Research Articles. “The art of writing up a completed research project in a format suitable for submission to a social work journal is an ability separate from one’s skills as a research methodologist. It is also an ability that, despite its importance, is often overlooked by research courses and senior-level mentors. This straightforward pocket guide to Preparing Research Articles steps into the void as an insider’s guide to getting published. Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience editing a social work research journal, Bruce A. Thyer has crafted a candid companion to the journal publishing process, unraveling the mysteries that students – as well as many established researchers – might otherwise stumble over, and as a result their prospectus for future success improve. Thyer’s frank advice on selecting an appropriate journal, handling rejections and revisions, understanding confusing concepts like impact factors and electronic publishing, and avoiding common methodological and formatting pitfalls, constitute a gold mine for the fledging researcher-writer”—Publisher.
Publishing Journal Articles. “This accessible, informative and entertaining book provides practical strategies to help maximize the chances of success in getting your work published in the journal of your choice. It offers advice on vital topics such as: how to write and get the style right; what to select for publication; how to plan for success; how to cope with writer’s block; working with editors and reviewers; and how to cope with rejection. It is a must-have book for anyone seeking to write for successful journal publication”—Publisher.
Successful Academic Writing: A Complete Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists. “Using rich examples and engaging pedagogical tools, this book equips students to master the challenges of academic writing in graduate school and beyond. The authors delve into nitty-gritty aspects of structure, style, and language, and offer a window onto the thought processes and strategies that strong writers rely on. Essential topics include how to: identify the audience for a particular piece of writing; craft a voice appropriate for a discipline-specific community of practice; compose the sections of a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods research article; select the right peer-reviewed journal for submitting an article; and navigate the publication process. Readers are also guided to build vital self-coaching skills in order to stay motivated and complete projects successfully”—Publisher’s description.
Write it Up: Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles. “How do you write good research articles — articles that are interesting, compelling, and easy to understand? How do you write papers that influence the field instead of falling into obscurity? Write It Up offers a practical and revealing look at how productive researchers write strong articles. The book’s guiding idea is that academics should write to make an impact, not just to get something published somewhere. Your work will be more influential if you approach it reflectively and strategically. Based on his experience as an author, journal editor, and reviewer, Paul Silvia offers systematic approaches to problems like picking journals; cultivating the right tone and style; managing collaborative projects and coauthors; crafting effective Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections; and submitting and resubmitting papers to journals. With its light-hearted style and practical advice, Write It Up will help graduate students struggling with writing their first paper, early career professors who need advice on how to write better articles, and seasoned academic writers looking to refresh their writing strategy or style”—Publisher’s description.
Writing Research Critically: Developing the Power to Make a Difference. “This is not a standard guide to writing a dissertation, thesis, project report, journal article or book. Rather, this book will help researchers who are dissatisfied with the typical recipe approaches to standardized forms of writing-up and want to explore how academic writing can be used to greater effect. Packed with examples from a range of writing projects (papers, dissertations, theses, reports, journal articles and books), this book provides a practical and refreshing way to approach and present research. Through case studies the authors offer a step-by-step guide from the early stages of planning a writing project, whether an undergraduate paper or a professional publication, to the polishing processes that make the difference between a merely descriptive account to an argument that intends to be critical and persuasive. This book will inspire a wide range of researchers from undergraduates to postgraduates, early career researchers and experienced professionals… and demonstrate how research can have more impact in the real world”—Publisher’s description.
Looking for a specific article or e-book from the library? Try using a phrase search to quickly narrow your search results. A phrase search uses quotation marks to look for two or more words in the exact order you enter them. To conduct a phrase search, just place quotation marks around your search terms.
For example, the search “Leadership for a better world” will find this exact phrase rather than articles or books that mention the words leadership and world anywhere in the text. From your results, just select the full-text link underneath the title to access the item.
Phrase searches are also useful when searching for quotes or common names.
How can researchers save and organize the articles, e-books, and other resources they find? One solution is to save them to a OneSearch (or My EBSCOhost) account. Please note: sign in to permanently save your resources. If not signed in, your resources will only be saved for that session and will be lost once you close your browser window.
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