Research and Dissertation Writing Help

If you’re planning to undertake a major writing project, here are some helpful books and commentary on them from the NT Resources blog

A few excerpts:

Booth, Wayne C. The Craft of Research. 2d ed. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2003; xv + 329 pgs. pbk. ISBN 0226065685.
(I just ran into this book recently and haven’t read it carefully yet, but it looks like it would be a very helpful guide to planning and implementing a research project, especially one of dissertation size. From my preliminary assessment, it’s now taken the place of an older work on the same subject.)

Germano, William. Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books. 2d ed. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2008.
(This is actually about the next step after the dissertation: getting it published. It’s worth knowing some of it ahead of time, however. That will save you a lot of work later. And it’s very well written—actually fun to read, which is an unusual attribute for books of this genre!)

Zinser, William. On Writing Well. 4th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1990. xiii + 288 pgs. hdcvr. ISBN: 0060552727.
(This is a classic work that focuses simply on learning to write clearly and well in English.)

Strunk, William Jr. and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. 3d ed. New York: Macmillan, 1979. 92 pgs. pbk. ISBN: 0024182001.
(Another classic on writing, slim, but valuable; the first part covers some basic rules of English, but most useful are parts 2 and 5 which talk about writing in a clear, effective style.)

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