Below is a list of online writing guides, videos and blogs that provide comprehensive tips and guidelines for academic writing, and thesis writing in particular. These resources are appropriate for graduate students in the Arts & Social Science, Public Administration, and Sprott School of Business. If you are a Science or Engineering & Design student looking for discipline specific writing resources click HERE.
These resources were compiled by Shaun Stevenson, PhD English Student, Carleton University.
Online Writing Guides
This is a straightforward resource with helpful tips on developing a strong thesis. It provides a strong emphasis on demonstrating the significance of your project
This resource links to an in-depth 46 page pdf. which serves as a comprehensive dissertation writing guide. If you’re looking for one document that covers all the technical aspects of the dissertation, this might be the one.
This website offers a well put together list of books and articles for advice on writing dissertations, theses, articles, proposals, and abstracts in the humanities and arts.
This is an excellent 6-page PDF. that includes common problems in beginning and moving through the writing of your dissertation. While it is relatively short, it hits a lot of the key issues on the head, in a straight forward, concise style.
Video & Multimedia Writing Resources
This cross-disciplinary video provides a screen view with graphic illustration and serves as a fairly comprehensive overview of the planning and writing process. Clocking in at 20+ minutes, it requires some commitment
These are excellent 10-15 minute videos, which are very well animated and laid out. They are more engaging and better produced than most.
Some lighter, accessible articles on his website, and while the videos are mostly him giving a lecture, they remain fairly engaging. His ideas are a little on the motivational speaker side of things, which isn’t for everyone, but he still provides lots of helpful pointers, especially if you’re just beginning the process.
While no longer active, this blog has a wonderful archive of lively articles for over coming writers block, different writing rituals, tips on backing up and protecting your work, and much, much more. It is extremely accessible, and the author has since compiled some of her most helpful tips in a relatively inexpensive ebook, which you can link to from the blog.
This ‘blog newspaper’ is dedicated to the topic of thesis writing and includes a wide range of posts on research, psychological obstacles, how to effectively use word processors, and more. Its archive is huge and you can find a good post on just about anything related to the PhD process. Posts are no longer than 1000 words, which is nice, and most are quite enjoyable to read.
While this may initially appear to be more of an article than a comprehensive resource, it contains much of the point-by-point tips you’ll find in any given resource while linking to an array of other relevant blogs and resources. It is wonderfully written and much more inviting than the more traditionally formatted resources. You can also check out other areas of gradhacker on the Inside Higher Ed website to help you with all avenues of graduate school.
While the title of the blog, “The Three Month Thesis,” made me a little skeptical at first, this is an excellent, honest blog about the trials and tribulations of dissertation writing. The posts are simple and to the point and yet extremely insightful. A lot of the blog is dedicated to managing stress and time and I think these are some of the biggest issues faced in tackling something as large as a dissertation. I immediately found the post on procrastination to be very helpful. There is a lot to explore on this blog.