« Resources on Homelessness | Main | MyMinerva Lets You Track Due Dates, See Fines »

Need Help Writing Your Thesis?

If you’re working on your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, you’ll know that it requires a lot of hard work. Here at the Dewey Library, we can help ease the strain of research with our many useful sources. The following are some resources you can find at Dewey:

McShane, Marilyn. A thesis resource guide for criminology and criminal justice. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008. Dewey Library / Reference HV 6024.5 M37 2008

Pyrczak, Fred. Completing your thesis or dissertation : professors share their techniques and strategies. Los Angeles, CA : Pyrczak Pub., 2000. Dewey Library / Reference LB 2369 C64X 2000

Mauch, James E. Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation a handbook for students and faculty. New York: M. Dekker, 2003. Dewey Library / Reference LB 2369 M377 2003

Becker, Howard Saul. Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007. Dewey Library H 61.8 B43 2007

Carey, Malcolm. The social work dissertation : using small-scale qualitative methodology. Maidenhead, UK: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 2009. Dewey Library HV 11 C37X 2009

Krathwohl, David R. How to prepare a dissertation proposal : suggestions for students in education and the social and behavioral sciences. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2005. Dewey Library LB 2369 K723X 2005

The University Libraries also has access to many dissertations in electronic form. The Dissertations @ SUNY Albany database provides access to dissertations written by former UAlbany students. This database provides full-text access to dissertations written from 1997 to present and abstracts of dissertations from 1988 to present.
The other resource is Dissertations & Theses . Unlike Dissertations @ SUNY Albany, which only contains dissertations written by former members of UAlbany, Dissertations & Theses contains dissertations written by students from schools across the country. Complete full text access is not available for non UAlbany dissertations, but many records include the first 25 pages, and there is abstracting from 1980 to present.

It’s also possible to search dissertations in Minerva. Select the Dissertations and Theses (UA) tab and search by author, title or any combination of the two. Most theses and dissertations are available on microfilm in the University Library. Print copies of University at Albany dissertations from 1914 to the present are available in the Special Collections department, but they must be used on-site.

The guides “Writing and Presenting your Thesis, “How to Write your Thesis��?, and “Thesis Statements��? are all helpful websites.

If you need more assistance please visit the Graduate Studies Office for Dissertation Submittal Policies and Guidelines [http://www.albany.edu/gradstudies/degreecomp/d2.shtml]. For research assistance, stopping by the Reference Desk, call us at 442-3691, or make an appointment with a librarian who the Subject Specialist in your discipline.

Blog post created by Katie Farrell