Research & Writing Guides

Grants, Theses, Writing & Publishing: Selected Guides for Graduate Students

Preparing the Thesis/Dissertation

General Guides | Preparing a Literature Review| Finding Theses| Thesis Proposals/Statements

Securing Research Funding & Preparing Funding Proposals

Grants Available | Writing a Grant Proposal

Writing at Graduate Level

General Guides | Discipline Specific Guides

Scholarly Communication & Graduate Students

Open Access Resources | Author Rights Resources

Guides to Disseminating/Publishing Research

General| Articles | Books | Conference Proposals/Presentations | Post Your Research/Publications in YorkSpace

Academic Blogging: Recommended Resources

Directories & Blog Aggregators | Getting Started with Academic Blogging

Preparing the Thesis/Dissertation

General Guides

York Specific Guidelines:

Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines. Faculty of Graduate Studies. York University.

The following are selected books from York University Libraries’ collection. Use the links below to get details about each one including their call numbers and the library at which they are located:

Dunleavy, Patrick. Authoring a PhD : how to plan, draft, write, and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003

Lunenburg, Frederick C. Writing a successful thesis or dissertation : tips and strategies for students in the social and behavioral sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin Press, 2008.

Mauch, James E. Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation : a handbook for students and faculty. 4th ed. New York : M. Dekker, 1998.

Paul, Oliver. Writing Your Thesis. 2nd ed. Los Angeles ; London : SAGE, 2008.

Roberts, Carol M. The dissertation journey : a practical and comprehensive guide to planning, writing, and defending your dissertation. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, 2004.

Thomas, R. Murray. Theses and dissertations : a guide to planning, research, and writing. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin Press, 2008.

Preparing a Literature Review

Note some of the resources below are web guides, while others are books at York University Libraries:

How to Write a Literature Review. Guide Prepared by The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Literature Review: A Few Tips on Conducting It. University of Toronto.

Review of Literature. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ridley, Diana, Dr. The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students. London : SAGE, c2008.

Writing the Literature Review. University of South Australia Online Learning Environment.

Finding Theses

Finding Theses and Dissertations

A comprehensive guide on how to find York theses as well as these from other universities. Features links to key databases.

Thesis Proposals/Statements

Creating a Thesis Statement. The OWL at Purdue.

Developing a Working Thesis. Writing Center. Portland State University.

Developing a Thesis Statement. Hunter College Reading/Writing Center.

Rozakis, L. Schaum’s quick guide to writing great research papers [e-book] . 2nd ed. New York : McGraw-Hill, 2007.

Has a chapter about how to write a thesis statement.

Thesis Statement Basics. Writing Center. Sierra College.

Securing Research Funding & Preparing Funding Proposals

Grants Available

Student Funding Information. Faculty of Graduate Studies.

A very useful resource from the Faculty of Graduate Studies outlining research funding opportunities (both internal and external research funding opportunities) for students at York.

GrantsNet Online Database

From Next Wave and Science Magazine. GrantsNet is a searchable, continuously updated, database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education. It contains programs that offer training and research funding for graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, as well as programs in science, math, engineering, and technology for undergraduate faculty and students

Writing a Grant Proposal

Locke, L.F. Proposals that work : a guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals . 5th ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2007.

Miner, J.T. Proposal planning & writing. 2nd ed. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2008.

New, C.C. How to write a grant proposal . Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, 2003.

Writing at Graduate Level: General Guide

Casanave, C.P. Learning the literacy practices of graduate school : insiders’ reflections on academic enculturation. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2008

Has information about writing competencies and tasks associated with graduate level education.

Craswell, G. Writing for academic success : a postgraduate guide. London ; Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications, 2005.

De Gruchy, J.W. The emerging researcher : nurturing passion, developing skills, producing output. Cape Town : UCT Press, 2007.

Talks about how graduate students can develop writing skills.

Silvia, P.J. How to write a lot : a practical guide to productive academic writing . Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2007.

Discipline Specific Writing Guides

Writing Guides by Discipline/Subject

Points students to key writing guides, for a wide range of different disciplines/subjects, available at York University Libraries

Disseminating/Publishing Research


Academic writing and publishing : a practical handbook . London : New York : Routledge, 2008.

Huff, Anne Sigismund. Writing for scholarly publication. Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications, 1999.

Moxley, J.M. Writing and publishing for academic authors. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1997.


Becker, H.S. Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article. 2nd ed. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Kupfersmid, J. An author’s guide to publishing better articles in better journals in the behavioral sciences . Brandon, Vt. : Clinical Psychology Pub. Co., 1994.

Mackenzie Owen, J. S. The scientific article in the age of digitization . Dordrecht, Netherlands : Springer, 2007.

Volokh, Eugene. Academic legal writing : law review articles, student notes, seminar papers, and getting on law review. 3rd ed. New York, N.Y. : Foundation Press, 2007.

Wager, E. How to survive peer review. London : BMJ, 2002.


Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article. 2nd ed. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Getting it published : a guide for scholars and anyone else serious about serious books.Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Books in the digital age : the transformation of academic and higher education publishing in Britain and the United States. Cambridge : Polity, 2005.

Conference Proposals/Presentations

Becoming Conference Savvy: Preparing to Present a Paper The University Writing Center. University of Central Florida.

Conference Paper Guide. Writing Center. Claremont Graduate University.

Posting Your Research Publications in YorkSpace

YorkSpace is York University’s repository of research. It is a platform that enables York community members to post, organize and preserve their research online in an institutional context. The YorkSpace repository is an ideal dissemination platform as it promotes and facilitates discovery of research online through its standards-based architecture. Llearn more, including how to make submissions or contact Andrea Kosavic, Digital Initiatives Librarian at York University.

Academic Blogging: Recommended Resources

Directories & Blog Aggregators

Getting Started with Academic Blogging:

Thinking about starting your own academic blog? Here’s a tutorial on getting started: Blogging 101

Here are some articles, with some interesting thoughts and pointers: