Ph.D. Dissertation Writing Resources


American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Washington, D.C.

Best, J.W., & Kanh, J.V.(2003). Research in education. Boston, MA: SAGE Publishing Inc.

Bolker, J. (1998). Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes: A guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis. New York, NY: Owl Books.

Butin, D.W.(2010) The education dissertation: A guide for practitioner scholars. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Caldwell, S. (2012). Statistics unplugged (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Creswell, J.W. (2014). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Davis, G.B., Parker, C.A., & Straub, D.W. (2012). Writing the doctoral dissertation: A systematic approach (3rd edition).

Fraenkel, J.F., Wallen, N.E., & Hyun, H.H. (2012). How to design and evaluate research in Education. New York: McGraw Hill.

Gall, J.P., Gall, M.D., & Borg, W.R. (1999). Applying educational research: A practical guide. New York: Longman.

Galvan, J.L. (2012). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (5th ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.

Gay, L.R., Mills, G.E., & Airasian, P. (2012). Educational research: Competencies for analysis and application. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

Office of Graduate School. Guidelines for Preparing Dissertations and Theses. Mississippi State University.

Kranthwohl, D.R. & Smith, N.L. (2005). How to prepare a dissertation proposal: Suggestions for students in education and the social and behavioral sciences. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Lawrence, L.A. (2012). The literature review: Six steps to success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Locke, L.F., Spirduso, W.W., Silverman, S.J. (2013). Proposals that work: A guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Ollhoff, J. (2011). How to write a literature review. Farmington, MN: Sparrow Media Group, Inc.

Ridley, D. (2012). The literature review (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: SAGE.

Roberts, C.M. (2010). The dissertation journey: A practical and comprehensive guide to planning, writing, and defending your dissertation. (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Wentz, E.A. (2013). How to design, write, and present a successful dissertation proposal. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE publications, Inc.

Library Resources

Standard Guide

Standards for Preparing Theses and Dissertations

Dissertation Template

Theses and Dissertation Templates


MSU Library Workshops

Finding Dissertations

MSU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

ProQuest Electronic Theses and Dissertations