Dissertations and Research
Starting Your Dissertation
Starting the dissertation: Tips on picking a topic, conducting a lit review and narrowing your focus.
Choose your research methods wisely: Balancing ambition and realism in your research design is key to a successful dissertation.
- Finding the right tools: Student researchers need to know what to look for in a measurement instrument.
Funding Your Research
8 Tips for funding your dissertation: Funding is available from universities, foundations, APA divisions and grants, psychology groups, federal sources, state assocations.
More data, less hassle: Researchers share tips for collecting data more efficiently.
Information gold mines: Large-scale databases are free, acesssible and provide great research fodder.
Ready, set — collect!: Advice on how to make your IRB approval, participant recruitment and data collection go smoothly.
Writing Up Your Research
Writing up your results: Be open to surprising findings, but don't lose track of your dissertation's main research questions.
Discussing your findings: Your dissertation's discussion should tell a story. What do your data say?
Nurturing your offshoots: Small research projects can bear unexpected fruit.
Publishing & Authorship
Craft a winning manuscript: Bogged down with your research paper or dissertation? Here's how to make your writing and editing more manageable.
Publishing your dissertation: Publishing is a crucial component to a successful career in psychological science. What better place to start than your dissertation?
A graduate student’s guide to determining authorship credit and authorship order: Although it is often viewed as the endpoint, publication actually reflects the culmination of efforts and contributions made by everyone involved.
Finish Your Dissertation Once and for All! How to Overcome Psychological Barriers, Get Results, and Move on with Your Life: Overcome self-doubt, procrastination, perfectionism and the thoughts, feelings and behavior that accompany them.
Dissertations and Theses From Start to Finish: Psychology and Related Fields, Second Edition: Aids student writers through the practical, logistical, and emotional stages of writing dissertations and theses.
Critical Thinking About Research: Psychology and Related Fields: Identify errors in others' research and reduce them to a minimum in your own work.