Title

Using Bibliographic Software in MentoringDoctoral Candidates

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Rehabilitation Education

Volume

19

Issue

4

Publication Date

2005

First Page

259

Last Page

264

Abstract

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.

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