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Writing the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: Entering the Conversation by Ph.D. - California State University, Northridge Irene L. Clark,

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IntroductionWriting a Thesis or Dissertation: An Overview of the Process

MANY YEARS AGO, when I was a graduate student, I found the experience of writing my dissertation difficult, mystifying, certainly stressful—words that many graduate students today are likely to use as well. Graduate school overall is challenging, but writing a thesis or dissertation is particularly anxiety provoking because little or no instruction is usually provided about how to do it. In fact, a report written in 1900 for the Pedagogical Section of the Modern Language Association contains a statement that has surprising relevance to the situation graduate students face today:

When a man has obtained his A.B. degree, he ought to be able to write his language with sufficient ...

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