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BOOKS, WEBSITES & TOOLS for the dissertation writer

Each section lists books first, then websites and tools.

Productivity and motivational advice and apps  

Allen, David.  Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity 


Carson, Rick. Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way


Bregman, Peter. 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done


Clear, James.  Atomic Habits:  An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones


Halvorson, Heidi Grant.  Nine Things Successful People Do Differently


Hanson, Rick, and Hanson, Forrest.  Resilient:  How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness.


Pychyl, Timothy.  Solving the Procrastination Puzzle:  a Concise Guide to Strategies for Change

.................. The free video app pairs you with an accountability buddy.


Productivity Challenge Timer.  Digital app and Pomodoro timer keeps you focused, logs your time from Google Playstore and iTunes.


Explore other apps that block the internet and monitor your working time to find what works for you.



Dissertation and academic writing guides

Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition)

Comer, Denise K. and Garrett, Barbara Gina. It’s Just a Dissertation: The Irreverent Guide to Transforming Your dissertation from Daunting to Doable to Done


Joyner, Randy L., et al.  Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation:  A Step-by-Step Guide 


Kolln, Martha and Gray, Loretta S.  Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects


Roberts, Carol, and Hyatt, Laura.  The Dissertation Journey:  A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition


Silvia, Paul J.  How to Write a Lot:  A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing


Single, Peg Boyle.  Demystifying Dissertation Writing:  A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text.


Somerson, Joanne Broder. Finish your dissertation, don’t let it finish you!


Sword, Helen.  Air & Light & Time & Space:  How Successful Academics Write



Tools for research and writing


Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)  


University of North Carolina Writing Center Tips & Tools.

Other sites and tools:




- endnote

- Google Scholar

- Mandalay





- scrivener



How to survive academia & find a career


Caplan, Paula J.  Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman’s Guide to Surviving in the Academic World 


Feldman, David B., & Silvia, Paul J. Public Speaking for Psychologists. Helpful advice to prepare for research presentations and job talks. [DED]


Goldsmith, et al.  The Chicago Guide to your Academic Career.


Lesli Mitchell.  Peterson’s The Ultimate Grad School Survival Guide 


The Muse.


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PhD humor and peer support

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