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Helpful Resources for Proposal Writers

Helpful Resources for Proposal Writers

If you want to improve your writing technique and to create an outstanding proposal, this list of books from will certainly help you with general information and actionable advice.

  • Howard S. Becker, Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis

Becker’s book will be appreciated by students from various disciplines. There are many actionable tips that will help you write a professional and successful proposal.

  • Joan Bolker, Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis

Joan Bolker is a clinical psychologist and a co-founder of the Harvard Writing Center. In her book, she provides proven writing strategies, as well as useful writing habits and successful methods of conducting experiments.

  • Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research

The author considers all the stages of the research process, including the identification of a research problem, developing a strong argument, and editing. This book will also teach you to communicate your evidence visually.

  • Lois and Selma DeBakey, “The Art of Persuasion: Logic and Language in Proposal Writing,” Grants Magazine, I (March, 1978)

This is a great article dedicated to proposal writing. Although the article was published many years ago, it will be very useful for modern students.

  • David R. Krathwohl, How to Prepare a Research Proposal: Guidelines for Funding and Dissertations in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

This book focuses on grant proposals and also has a particular section dedicated to dissertation proposals. We recommend that you pay particular attention to the chapters “Checklist for Critiquing Proposals” and “Writing Tips.”

  • Lawrence F. Locke, Waneen Wyrick Spirdoso, and Stephen J. Silverman, Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals

It’s a comprehensive guide for students that will teach you to write proposals of any kind (qualitative, experimental, quasi-experimental, etc.) and to prepare annotated bibliographies.

  • Judith M. Meloy, Writing the Qualitative Dissertation: Understanding by Doing

This book is based on many dissertations and data collected from students. Here you can find their common questions and comments, along with writing advice. The book addresses all the stages of the proposal writing process, including preparation, defending, and working with a committee.

  • Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon, “The Art of Writing Proposals.” New York: Social Science Research Council, 1995. 25 Feb. 2002
  • Joanne B. Ries and Carl G. Leukefeld, Applying for Research Funding: Getting Started and Getting Funded

This is a comprehensive guide that includes three sections devoted to writing a proposal. These sources will help you learn the general rules of writing, effective writing techniques, and working with different types of audience.

  • Kjell Erik Rudestam and Rae R. Newton, Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process

This book also considers different stages of the dissertation process, from coming up with a topic to the defense. There is a lot of detailed information, graphs, and tables. Here you can also learn practical tips on time-management and overcoming writer’s block.

Helpful Websites

Graduate Student Resources

Grants Information Center

Graduate School’s Dissertation Guide

Graduate School’s Master’s Thesis Guide

Graduate School Seminars

Helpful Resources for Proposal Writers
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