writing the thesis

I have written a number of posts related to thesis writing. Many of these posts are connected with the book, Helping doctoral students write: pedagogies for supervision (Kamler and Thomson, 2006, 2014). Some of them are rehearsals of ideas for a new academic writing book written for doctoral researchers, Detox your writing (to be published in 2016).

Here are some of the most popular posts:

Is there a format for a thesis?

Writing the thesis from day one is risky.

How not to fail the PhD

Literature reviews:
Why do doctoral researchers get asked to read so much?

Thinking about the literatures:

the collective and inner library

Blank and blind spots and appreciative critique

Why it is helpful to read out of your area

Beginning the literature review:
Taking notes
Finding patterns and groups

My own blogging research project literature review as a work in progress:
(1) scoping
(2) mapping
(3) noting
(4) focusing in
(5) dealing with details in literature reviewing

Mess in research

Writing about mess in the research: part one and part two

Three stages of empirical analysis

Thinking about theory

Research as argument

The thesis conclusion:
Part One: What has to go in the conclusion?
Part Two: getting organised to write the conclusion

Can I get a book from my PhD?

Writing from the PhD:
Letting go
The publishing plan

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  6. tashi says:

    Wonderful post for students.They can get lot of information for their thesis writing.Everytime one thing we have to remember about the conclusion.nice informative lines.thanks for sharing wonderful post.


  7. Sasa says:

    Thank you so much for this, this is such an amazing resource. I am doing my Masters in science rather than a doctorate in humanities or social sciences but it’s been so much help.


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  10. Rebecca says:

    Professor Thomson,

    I recently examined for my PhD at the University of St Andrews and passed with just a few typos to correct. I wanted to express my sincere thanks to you for providing such a fantastic resource which doubtlessly led me towards the finish line. I’ve recommended to all my fellow PhD pals to please check out your site, I hope they find it as helpful as I did.

    Many thanks indeed for taking the time and effort to help us all.


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