Joan Blocker, Writing your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Writing, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998.

Paul J. Silvia, How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Academic Writing. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2007.


The Graduate Center Library’s Dissertation Office: Information about graduation date, deposit procedure, format requirements, copyright, embargoes, etc.


  • Dissertations¬†: Every year, the College Art Association publishes lists of dissertations in progress and dissertations that have been defended. By looking through the lists, you can see which topics have been “claimed” by other PhD candidates and the direction specific fields are trending in.
  • Proquest Dissertations & Thesis Global: A searchable database of published dissertations, available through the Library. Proquest has the world’s largest curated collection of dissertations and theses.
  • CUNY Academic Works: A digital repository for academic publishing at the City University of New York (including dissertations and thesis).