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Working on Your Dissertation or Thesis

The purpose of this page is to give you assistance with the dissertation/theses process.  The boxes Below include information about University Dissertation & Theses Services, Data Services, and the Mason Writing Center.

As always, if you would like to meet with the Education Librarian for assistance with search strategies for your literature review, schedule an appointment with Anne Melville.  Please include specific times and dates when you are available to meet.  Appointments require 24 hour notice.  We can meet face to face or virtually if that is more convenient.

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University Dissertation & Theses Services

The University Dissertation & Theses Services (UDTS) located in the Fenwick Library is here to help you this this portion of your degree.  Listed below, you will find information about each step of the process, UDTS resources, workshops, and frequently asked questions.

The Process
These are the major steps you must complete in order to prepare, format, complete, and submit your thesis or dissertation. Steps 1, 2, 3, and 5 are required of all graduate students writing theses and dissertations. Not all Master's students are required to defend; please check with your college/school/department to confirm.  Click on the links below to read more specific information about each step.

Get templates to properly format your dissertation, thesis, or project, and schedule an appointment in order to graduate on time. To access this information, click on the following link:

To sign up for a UDTS workshop, please visit this site: There, please choose "Dissertation & Thesis Services" under "Category." You'll be able to view our upcoming sessions and sign up for any you like.

Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to questions on submitting your propsoal for review to UDTS, creation of your thesis or dissertation, format review, submission consultations, defense, final submission, and using MARS and/or Proquest  services.

Data Services

Located in the Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC), Data Services helps you find, access, and use statistical, geospatial and qualitative data as well as related software. Data Services staff instructs and consults on data discovery, acquisition and use, data management and data management plans, GIS, methodology, and more. 


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2700 Fenwick Library 

George Mason University Writing Center

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free writing support to Mason students, faculty and staff. Accomplished graduate and undergraduate students provide face-to-face tutoring, online tutoring, and workshops. They work with writers through all stages of the writing process from brainstorming and organizing to revising and polishing. To meet with a Writing Center tutor please schedule an appointment.

In addition to in-person tutoring, the Writing Center offers 45-minute video tutoring sessions for online students and on-campus students. Appointments for a video tutoring session can be made via the appointment scheduler.

ESL students who would like additional assistance can apply for the Writing Center's Opt-In Program.