Matt Schonlau’s Great Tips – the most detailed, honest and useful advice you can ever find on how to finish your PhD, written by Matt Schonlau; he provides you with a concise but thorough insight into all major aspects of doing and finishing your PhD. What you have to keep in mind doing a PhD: how to focus on your goals for a longer time, how to plan your life in accordance with your research and how not to lose track in order to finish your PhD within a reasonable timeframe. (2003) Start with this one!
The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research (Study Skills) – This book covers all the aspects you wish someone had told you before you started your PhD and provides you with useful tips on how to come through your PhD with a happy ending; written by Gordon Rugg and Marian Petre; Paperback: 240 pages, Publisher: Open University Press (2004)
Tips on how to write a PhD thesis or Dissertation – Seán Mac Fhearraigh’s useful article sheds light on all major aspects of the thesis writing process: setting your goals, submission deadlines, taking breaks, writing and reviewing – but most importantly on the mistakes that you should really avoid! Definitely worth reading! (archived copy)
Literature Review HQ – a great site, with a great value proposition! A literature review is the P***-in-the-A** part of the thesis writing process. Do you want to wrap up your literature review faster? Contact Ben!
Doing a PhD in the Social Sciences: Myths, Tips and Strategies – some great tips on how to do a PhD, written by Dr Kevin Morrell, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour. (archived copy, originally published in 2009)
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Countdown to Your Thesis Defence – Mastering Your Ph.D.: Countdown to Your Thesis Defence; a concise article on how to finish graduate school; by Bart Noordam, Patricia Gosling, Authors of Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond (2007)
So long, and thanks for the PhD! – “Everything I wanted to know about C.S. graduate school at the beginning but didn’t learn until later”; a somewhat lengthy but definitely useful and informative personal story told by Ronald T. Azuma, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003). Take your time and read this one, too!
Writing Tips for PhD students
Writing Tips for PhD Students (PDF) – if you are a PhD student, you can’t miss this paper! It provides you with some of the best writing tips for PhD students available online, written by John H. Cochrane, University of Chicago (2005)
Ph.D. Thesis Research: Where do I Start? (PDF) – Ph.D. Thesis Research: Where do I Start? Great advice from finding the right research topic to research strategies and writing your thesis; by Don Davis, Columbia University (2001)