Dissertation and Thesis Support


 Getting Started   •   Thesis Proposal   •    Introductions   •   Literature Review   •   Methods   •   Results   •   Discussion and Conclusions   •   Document Preparation (OSU Grad School)    •     Dissertation Examples  


With thanks to Edwina Careeon.  For any studies or disciplines that do not follow the same chapter organization (i.e., Introduce, Literature Review, Method, Result, and Discussion/Conclusion), please consult your advisor before using any of the following handouts to draft your dissertation/thesis.


Getting Started

Dissertation Chapter Concept Mapping 

"Getting Started" [video] [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)


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Thesis Proposal

Writing Proposals for Theses and Dissertations

Writing Funding Proposals

"Getting Started" [video] [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)

"Key Parts of Your Proposal" [video] [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)


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Traditional Sections of an Introduction 

Creating Contexts for an Introduction

Typical Moves and Language Chunks  

Strong Topic Sentences (Introduction) 

Sample Dissertation Introductions

"The Abstract and Introduction" [video] [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)


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Literature Review

Assessment Criteria for the Literature Review 

"The Role and Purpose of a Literature Review" [video] [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)

"Organizing the Literature" [video] [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)

"Synthesizing" [video] [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)

"Critiquing the Literature" [video] [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)


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Writing the Methodology Chapter

Strong Topic Sentences (Methods Chapter) 

"Methods, Results and Discussion" [video] [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)


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Writing the Results Chapter

Sample Sentences (Results Chapter) 

Sample Moves for the Results Chapter  


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Discussion and Conclusion

Conclusion Section

Sample Sentences (Discussion Chapter) 


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Document Preparation

Dissertation Document Preparation (OSU Grad School)

 Format Review and Submission (OSU Grad School) 

Formatting Guidelines  (OSU Grad School)

Guidelines Sample Pages (OSU Grad School)

Dissertation Formatting Tips and Tricks (OSU Grad School)


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Dissertation Examples

ProQuest (requires OSU login)

Research Guides (requires OSU login)


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