How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation by David Sternberg
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Mastering these skills spells the difference between "A.B.D." and "Ph.D."
-refuting the magnum opus myth
-coping with the dissertation as obsession (magnificent or otherwise)
-the fine art of selecting a topic
-writing the dissertation with publication in mind
-when to stand your ground and when to prudently retreat if the committee's conception of your thesis differs substantially from your own
-dealing with obstructive committee members, and keeping the fences mended
-how to reconsider "negative" findings as useful data
-reviewing your progress, and getting out of the "dissertation dumps"
-defending your paper successfully – distinguishing between mere formalities and a serious substantive challenge
-exploiting the career potential of your dissertation
-and much, much more