Thesis and Dissertation Writing

Welcome to the Thesis and Dissertation Writing

This guide has been designed to provide an overview of resources available for the study and research on Thesis and Dissertation Writing.

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E-Books   Subject Call Numbers

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  • ·Springer e-Books

The call number listed below is based on general Library of Congress subject classifications. These numbers are provided primarily as a browsing tool. This list is presented as a quick guide to selected subject and call number ranges, and not a comprehensive research tool.

  • LB1047.3              Report writing
  • LB1028                 Educational research
  • LB2369                 Thesis writing
  • PE1408                 Academic writing
  • PE1478                 Report writing
  • Q175 – Q180.55   Research methodology
  • How to survive your viva : defending a thesis in an oral examination LB2366 M983
  • Getting a PhD : an action plan to help manage your research, your supervisor and your project LB2386 F514
  • Doing your masters dissertation : realizing your potential as a social scientist LB2369 H325
  • Your master's thesisBL2369 Y81 2006
  • The unwritten rules of PhD researchLB2386 R929
  • How to write a master's thesisLB2369 B932 2014
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Reference Work

The Reference Collection on the First Floor contains a number of different works from quick references, dictionaries, encyclopedia, atlas, thesaurus and etc.There are also ranges of electronic reference resources which is available on the Internet

Dictionaries Handbook/Manual
  • Collins poket dictionary & thesaurus / editor Duncan Black ... [et al.].PE1625 C712 2012
  • The Cambridge encyclopedia of language / David Crystal.  P29 C957 2003
  • The Facts on File encyclopedia of word and phrase origins.  
    PE1689 H498 2008
  • Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation : a handbook for students and faculty LB2369 M447 2003
  • Thesis and dissertation writing in a second language : a handbook for supervisors LB2369 P183
  • Writing the winning thesis or dissertation : a step-by-step guide LB2369 G549 2005
  • Surviving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process BL2369 R915 2007
  • Organizing and managing your research : a practical guide for postgraduates LB2371 P541
  • Succeeding with your master's dissertation : a step-by-step handbook LB2369 B592 2011
  • The action research dissertation : a guide for students and faculty H62 H564
  • Guide to the preparation of thesis LB2369 G7 2005













Related Databases

Related Database (Open Access)

Below is a list of useful resources for accessing theses :

  • UPM Thesis (Accessible within UPM campus only)

The UPM eThesis contains the full text electronics copies of theses and dissertations and project reports from post-graduate students of the Universiti Putra Malaysia. The materials in the portal is available to be browsed, searched or read by anyone interested in its content.

Any use made of information contained in this portal must be in accordance with the Copyright Act 1987 and related or successor legislation, and must be properly acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.

  • MyTO : Malaysian Theses Online

It lists the theses collection compiled from public academic universities and university colleges as well as private academic universities.

  • ProQuest

Comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, 1743 to the present; full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997.

Edinburgh Research Archive (ERA) -

EThOS (e-thesis online service) -

Search over 400,000 doctoral theses. Download instantly for your research, or order a scanned copy quickly and easily

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations -

Open Access Theses and Dissertations - aims to be the best possible resourse for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1000 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 2,806,182 theses and dissertations.


Open Thesis -

OpenThesis is a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools.

PQDT Open -

PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge

















This list provides a sampling of the rapidly proliferating number of resources on agriculture available on the Internet. However, this page will remain on the Web as a courtesy to those people who still use it.


Writing the Thesis


Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements


Writing Tips: Thesis Statements


Writing a dissertation


Writing Your Dissertation or Thesis


Guideline to Thesis Preparation


Writing a Thesis in Education


Guidelines for Writing a Thesis or Dissertation


How to Write a Thesis

Cite your sources

Why Must I Cited The Work?
Academic Integrity @ UPM
  • Acknowledge the author
  • Acknowledge the source of direct quotations
  • Avoid Plagiarism & Respect the Intellectual property and Copyright issues
  • Your ideas will be supported with fact
  • To acknowledge the source of paraphrased information that the reader may question or may want to pursue further    

The Graduate School Office at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) promotes and educates the UPM community on the importance of academic integrity.

APA Sytle Guide Refworks
  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.) BF76.7 P976 2001
  • APA Style

From the American Psychological Association

From the Purdue Online Writing Lab

From University of Malaya Library (UML)

From Trexler Library, Muhlenberg College

  Refworksallows users to create their own personal bibliography.

Refworks offers:

  • Specialized database management service designed for bibliographic references – web based citation manager
  • Importing of references from various sources
  • Storage and searching of personalized data

Formatting of bibliographies AND manuscripts in different styles