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Intelligent Systems Orientation - Oakland Campus: Writing a Thesis or Dissertation @ Pitt

This guide helps new students in the intelligent systems program become familiar with library resources and services.

Getting Started: What is a Dissertation or Thesis?

So, what is a dissertation or thesis?

A dissertation is a written essay, treatise, or thesis that is prepared as a requirement for the award of a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.). Dissertations demonstrate your ability to build theory, test ideas, and/or discover new knowledge (Kerchener, Charles T, 1994).

A thesis is a written essay or treatise that is prepared as a requirement for the award of a Master's Degree. Usually done on a particular subject in which one has done original research (

How do I write and publish my dissertation or thesis?

Use the resources and services on this page!

On Campus Resources and Services

Citing Sources Using a Citation Manager

Keep track of all of your reference lists and bibliographies. Pitt's library resources work with tools such as Mendeley and EndNote, and allow you to import citations from sources like PITTCat+ and article databases. 

PITTStop: Thesis Quest


Find books on writing a successful dissertation or theses by searching PITTCat+, the library catalog.

Here are a few highlighted books!