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Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation
Updated Edition of Bestseller

Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation
A Step-by-Step Guide

Fourth Edition

July 2018 | 344 pages | Corwin

Current Editorial Description:

Updated Edition of Bestseller!

The classic for masters and doctoral students--newly revised and updated!

Writing your masters thesis or doctoral dissertation can be a daunting task. Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation, Fourth Edition demystifies the process, helping you prepare your scholarly work. This experience-based, practical book takes you through the process one step at a time!

Newly revised and updated, this edition uses a step-by-step approach, providing specific models and examples that will take you through the complex writing process. Included are chapters on:

  • Laying the groundwork for the thesis or dissertation
  • Organizing and scheduling your work
  • Using technology
  • Developing and defending your work
  • Conducting quality research and writing a winning report
  • Defending and publishing your dissertation
  • Solving problems throughout the dissertation process

This excellent resource, used in its first three editions by tens of thousands of students, will provide you with clear direction for structuring a winning thesis or dissertation.

The content of the 4th edition has been designed to reflect today’s electronic information age.  Thus, examples will reflect current and emerging trends in preparing theses and dissertations. 

Also, one of the reviewer’s suggestions for “Case Studies” will be included in the 4th edition.   Case studies will be based on real situations which are designed to “coach” the prospective dissertating student through some of the challenges that the student may face.

Finally, the content will be streamlined so that the reader will NOT be bombarded with too much information at one time.


Dr. Joyner and Dr. Rouse have again put together an in-depth, comprehensive, and practical guide that is a valuable resource for graduate students. In addition to the excellent information provided in earlier editions, this edition also includes important information related to current and emerging trends in technology and valuable case studies focusing on the most common problems encountered in writing at the master’s and doctoral levels. If you are embarking on a thesis or dissertation, use this most valuable of resources to avoid the pitfalls inherent in the process.

James R. Machell, Dean
College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma

Writing the Winning Dissertation is an essential guidebook for students writing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. I used the first edition to write an award-winning dissertation and now use the updated edition with the doctoral students I advise. Each chapter of this cogent and comprehensive book addresses crucial elements that lead to success. I highly recommend it to both students and advisors.

Susan Colby, Director of Faculty Professional Development, Appalachian State University; Boone, NC
Appalachian State University

In this book, Joyner, Rouse, and Glatthorn thoroughly introduce and explore writing a thesis or a dissertation – walking the reader through every path and pitfall imaginable.  It is a must-read for anyone starting one of these writing processes and a good read for the faculty working with them.

Sara Olin Zimmerman, Curriculum Specialist Program Director, Reich College of Education; Boone, NC
Reich College of Education
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Current Features and Benefits: This book has been developed as a careful and practical step by step guide to writing theses and dissertations. Much of the emphasis here has been placed on 'demystifying' the process so that users can approach this important topic with confidence instead of terror.

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