Writing your thesis
The structure of your thesis will be determined to some extent by the discipline within which you are working. Before starting your thesis, make sure you prepare it in the format prescribed by the relevant rules of your award.
Your research topic should aim to fill a gap in the current research. An invaluable source of information when considering how to structure your thesis is other theses. Detailed information and Library resources for finding other theses can be found in the Finding theses guide.
Southern Cross University Library holds many books relating to thesis and PhD writing. The following selection of book titles offers great guidance for those about to embark on the writing process.
|How to write a thesis||SCU Online book|
|Writing a thesis or long document using a word processor: A practical guide||652.52 BENN|
|Revising your dissertation: advice from leading editors||SCU online book|
|Writing for academic success: A postgraduate guide||808.02 CRAS|
|Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write, and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation: A step-by-step guide||808.02 DUNL|
|Writing the winning thesis or dissertation: A step-by-step guide||808.02 GLAT|
|Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: A handbook for students and faculty||808.02 MAUC|
|Writing your doctoral dissertation: invisible rules for success||808.02 BRAU|
|The action research dissertation : a guide for students and faculty||300.72 HERR|
|Surviving your thesis||808.02 OLIV|
Deposit your thesis with the library
All print copies of theses by SCU graduates are catalogued and made available for loan from the library's thesis collection. If you are studying for a Doctorate, or a Masters by Research through the Division of Research, a copy of your thesis will be submitted to the Library on your behalf by the relevant College. For other post-graduate awards, there may be a School or Faculty requirement that you submit an extra copy which will be sent to the Library. If it is not a requirement, you can still donate a copy of your thesis directly to the Library.
Updated: 25 January 2012