The Dissertation Help You Need
The Way You Need It

Are you a student in a Ph.D. or masters program looking for a practical guide to help you with your dissertation or thesis? 
The Graduate Research Guidebook, a classic for over 30 years, is a concise, easy-to-follow resource tailored for you, the student researcher. It could just be the best investment you make as you begin or complete your research project!

You’ve done the coursework and had excellent professors, but the research process may still seem daunting or even scary. The Graduate Research Guidebook fills the critical knowledge gaps and guides you step-by-step through the research process giving you the confidence you need to move your project to a successful completion.

Can This Book Help You?

The Graduate Research Guidebook is designed for use by degree candidates in the fields of education, psychology, business, behavior sciences, clinical studies, sociology, and political science. Since its first edition in 1982, the book has helped thousands of students successfully complete their dissertations and masters theses. Now in its fourth edition, the book has been completely updated for today’s student researcher.

A Practical, Mentoring Guide

The Research MazeIt was back in 1978 as I was doing private dissertation consulting and conducting group dissertation workshops when the concept first hit me: There were extremely intelligent grad students who had completed all their coursework, had studied under excellent professors and attained high grade point averages, yet often they were lost as to how to start, let alone finish, their doctoral dissertations or masters theses. Does this sound familiar?

What was needed was a guidebook, a pragmatic guide that would walk students through each step of the process. There were and still are hundreds of texts out there that cover research in great detail, but what was still missing was a mentoring resource—a user-friendly guide covering the practicalities of putting a dissertation or research project all together to create a successful, final written document.

The Completely Updated Fourth Edition

New to the fourth edition are numerous improvements and expansions including:

♦ An extensive section covering literature searches.

♦ Deeper coverage of classic and more recent qualitative research techniques.

♦ Expanded coverage of quantitative statistical techniques, many additional examples and discussions of computer output interpretation.

♦ Updated and greatly expanded references and suggested readings on a chapter-by-chapter basis.

♦ Updated assistance for writing your dissertation, including Internet support services, editing and proofing.

♦ Revised Graduate Research Axioms highlighting and summarizing the most critical concepts in dissertation research.

♦ Relevant Internet sources evaluated and conveniently listed at the conclusion of each chapter.

♦ Free access to online quantitative databases—great for data analysis practice or self-guided learning exercises with the software of your choice.

♦ Networking opportunities with other graduate students and myself through both LinkedIn and Facebook online sites.

♦ Online updates to this book which will be available through this website.

♦ An Online Help feature allowing you to communicate with the author directly.



The Graduate Research Guidebook provides the framework that will help make you successful in your dissertation or thesis project. In the spirit of highest quality and continuous improvement, I welcome comments and suggestions from graduate students, faculty, and other educators.

Edward Sarkis Balian, Ph.D.

San Diego, California