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Dissertations & Theses: Writing Your UCSD Thesis or Dissertation

Locating and acquiring dissertations & theses from UCSD and beyond

UCSD Dissertation & Thesis Manual

The UC San Diego Graduate Division's Preparation and Submission Manual for Doctoral Dissertations and Master’s Theses “Bluebook” outlines the requirements for "the preparation, submission and dissemination of doctoral dissertations and master’s theses at UCSD." It includes sections on layout and organization, copyright, handling special material, using published material (including material submitted or being prepared for publication), electronic filing of dissertations and theses, and lists of necessary filing documents.

Get Help from Your Subject Librarian

Several ways a subject librarian can support you during your thesis or dissertation research and writing:

  • Show you the library services that you will need while you're here at UC San Diego.
  • Help you get the most out of the resources (databases, etc.) you need for your research, including literature reviews.
  • Assist you with citation management tools such as EndNote and Mendeley.

Books on Dissertation & Thesis writing

The Library has many books on writing and research for dissertations and theses. A keyword search for writing dissertation* or subject search for dissertations, academic -- handbooks or academic writing in the catalog will get you started.  You may also find additional books by searching your discipline and adding works like research or authorship

Style Guides

Every discipline has its own guidelines for formatting references and bibliographies. Here are a few of the most popular styles, but you should consult with your department on the preferred citation style. Your subject librarian can help you find the style manual you need.