Thesis Writing Tips
A thesis is a complex project. It requires you to identify a significant topic and craft a good research question. You’ll connect with an advisor, who will play an important role in how your research is planned and executed. A well-crafted thesis proposal will get you started on your research journey. As you progress, you’ll have to make decisions about how to organize your information into chapters, what function each chapter serves, and how each is structured. Your ultimate goal is to edit, refine, and polish your text and citation to a publishable level.
For students writing theses, the NPS Thesis Processing Office (TPO) will be a critical source of information and support. Before you even begin researching and writing your thesis, it is worthwhile to visit the TPO’s website to learn more about the submission process, the thesis template, and iThenticate review.
Books on Thesis Writing (NPS Library)
- Writing the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: Entering the Conversation, Irene Clark, Prentice Hall.
- Enjoy Writing Your Science Thesis or Dissertation: A Step by Step Guide to Planning and Writing Dissertations and Theses for Undergraduate and Graduate Science Students, Daniel Holtom and Elizabeth Fisher, Imperial College Plus.
- How to Write a Better Thesis, David Evans, et al., Melbourne University Press.
- The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books, Eviatar Zerubavel, Harvard University Press.
The following index makes searching for a specific topic easier and links to the appropriate place in the sequenced material. We think we have most of them, but please email us at email@example.com if we are missing something!