Coming up with a thesis topic, developing the novel contribution, proposing it and writing it is hard. There are a number of resources available that describe the process. Here are some examples:
- Kung’s talk on Useful Things to Know about PhD Thesis Research
- Toby Walsh’s presentations:
- Jim Kajiya’s (1993) paper on How to Get Your SIGGRAPH Paper Rejected
- Phil Agre’s paper (2002) on Networking on the Network: A Guide to Professional Skills for PhD Students
- Olin Shiver’s Dissertation Advise
- David Chapman (Editor) on How to do Research at the MIT AI Lab
- Robert Axelrod’s Tips For An Academic Job Talk
- Riesbeck’s What is a Thesis
- Riesbeck’s page for Students
- Good website on more resources
Other relevant sources (also useful for new faculty)
- Gray, P., & Drew, D. E. (2008). What they didn’t teach you in graduate school: 199 helpful hints for success in your academic career. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
- Darley, J. M., Zanna, M. P., & Roediger, H. L. (Eds.). (2003). The complete academic: A practical guide for the beginning social scientist / Edition 2. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Boice, R. (2000). Advice for new faculty members: Nihil nimus. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
- Feibelman, P. J. (2011). A PhD is not enough!: a guide to survival in Science. Basic Books.