This page is designed to provide guidance and resources to those who are in embarking upon writing a doctoral dissertation. Always check with your institution of higher learning concerning style, chapters, and other vital information.
The Erskine Seminary Style Guide
A Taxonomy of Citations
Online Citation Management Instruments (a must-read for doctoral students)
Bibliographic Software Selection (2022)
[I recommend Zotero for a free version, and Endnote for the paid version of bibliographic software. For those involved in a longer, I highly recommend Endnote.
Working with grammar, synonyms, phraseology. and word families, I recommend Grammarly
SHOULD YOU USE MICROSOFT WORD TO WRITE?
Well, that is up to you. For my part, I am not a fan.
There are advantages to writing in a large document program like Scrivener, or even in Apple Pages. One can then compile the chapters into a Word file since that is what is most desired by institutes of Higher Education. Here are a few programs that I recommend, with Scrivener being the best.
THE DISSERTATION WRITING
How to Write a Dissertation (note: Seminaries, universities, and other institutions of higher learning will have unique requirements. These steps represent a norm that is often modified according to social sciences versus humanities, etc. In addition, your supervisor will have his or her own requirements. So, take in this broad introduction to writing the chapters, but do so with eyes wide open to your school’s requirements.
Learn about Dissertation Structure
Discovering Your Dissertation Topic
The Introduction with Research Questions(s)
How to Write a Literature Review:
How to Write Chapter three: Methodology
How to Write Chapter Four: The Results and Discussion Chapter