Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation

Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation

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By (author) Patrick Dunleavy

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 18mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 16 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403905843
  • ISBN 13: 9781403905840
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 24,762

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Authoring a Ph.D. Thesis involves having creative ideas, working out how to organize them, writing up from plans, upgrading text, and finishing it speedily and to a good standard. It also involves being examined and getting work published. This book provides a huge range of ideas and suggestions to help Ph.D. candidates cope with both the intellectual issues involved and the practical difficulties of organizing their work effectively.

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Patrick Dunleavy is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, and a member of the Academy of the Social Sciences, London.

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"Dunleavy illuminates the management of text. Following his recommended disciplines, he has produced an elegant, witty and spare guide for the perplexed student."--Herman Schwartz, University of Virginia ""Authoring a PhD Thesis" is superb. It is so in three ways: tone; nature of the advice offered; the fact that the book itself is an exemplary illustration of the principles it recommends. After reading it, it is hard to see how many PhD students ever managed to write an acceptable thesis without reading it."--John Peck, Cardiff University "Pleasantly written, containing a lot of helpful suggestions, sound advice, and illuminating insights into the process of writing a thesis."--Giseline Kuipers, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands ..".elegantly written and contains crisp and incisive insights. I will recommend this book widely to students because it will help them significantly with the successful completion of their PhD thesis...I have gained some good ideas from reading the text."--Wyn Grant, Warwick University

Table of contents

Preface Becoming an Author Envisioning the Thesis as a Whole Planning an Integrated Thesis: The Macro-Structure Organizing a Chapter or Paper: The Micro-Structure Writing Clearly: Style and Referencing Issues Developing your Text and Managing the Writing Process Handling Attention Points: Data, Charts and Graphics The End-Game: Finishing Your Doctorate Publishing Your Research Afterword Glossary Further Reading References Index