Using Bibliographic Software in MentoringDoctoral Candidates
Despite the best efforts of faculty mentors, relatively high rates of doctoral students leave their programs at the "All But Dissertation" stage never to complete their doctoral programs. When students fail to complete their dissertations, there are serious financial, programmatic, and emotional costs for the students, their faculty advisors, and their programs. Faculty mentors can support their doctoral student's dissertation development by using bibliographic database software. This article discusses how faculty mentors can create comprehensive databases and use them to help graduate students improve the writing, research methods, and formatting skills essential for developing an acceptable dissertation proposal. The article also addresses concerns with using comprehensive databases in relation to copyright laws.
Tansey, T. N., Salzberg, C.L., Swett, E.A. & Ferrin, J.M. (2005) Using bibliographic software in mentoring doctoral candidates. Rehabilitation Education, 19(4), 259-264.