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The Dissertation

The resources here aim to demystify the dissertation process for new students and to hopefully offer some clarity and encouragement for more advanced students. Your advisor and dissertation committee are the best sources of feedback for your specific topic, but these articles address some common questions and concerns.

Jenny J. Lee (2018) penned “The Not-So-Secret Guide to Dissertating” that places the spotlight on common pitfalls that are rarely addressed in articles.

In “6 Things Your Dissertation Director Wishes You Knew”, Gina Barreca (2012) reaffirms the independent nature of the writing process with hard-hitting clarity. The tone is sharp but measured throughout. It is not the right article for everyone at every stage of the writing process, but many students have found value in it over the years.