Succeeding in Graduate School

Once you've secured your place in graduate school it's time to absorb as much knowledge as possible to prepare for your career.

You should already be thinking about your career options once you finish grad school and make sure you gain experience in the relevant areas.

Hopefully the below books and resources will help you to succeed in grad school and beyond.

Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.

Considered a must read for graduate students, this book is packed with information and advice on topics that include: choosing to pursue a Ph.D., choosing a school, financial aid, qualifying exams, what you need to survive and thrive, managing academic politics, writing a thesis, and even buying and setting up a personal computer.

A very exhaustive resource, this book is based on interviews with career counselors, graduate students, and professors.

Dissertations and Theses from Start to Finish: Psychology and Related Fields

A compilation of advice and suggestions from 35 years of supervising students completing theses and doctoral dissertations, this book was developed to aid students in making the process less mysterious and a more exciting educational experience.

The topics covered are the nuts and bolts needed to complete your task from start to finish. This is a great resource to make sure you have covered all your bases and presented the best thesis or dissertation possible.

Academic Paths: Career Decisions and Experiences of Psychologists

A collection of 13 autobiographies from psychologists who work in academia. Read about their experiences as students and what led them to become professors and researchers.

Not only is this book a good read, but it is very insightful about what life in academia is about. This is a useful resource if you are trying to decide between a professional or academic career in psychology.

Preparing for Graduate Study in Psychology: 101 Questions and Answers

This is a book you should have had preparing for graduate school and completing your application, but the last chapter deals with the first year of graduate school and how to survive it.

This book is written in question/answer format, so you can look up all your questions and get insightful answers from experts who actually know what they are talking about.

General Resources for Graduate School Success

Advice on Research and Writing
This site was created by Mark Leone primarily for computer scientists, but it contains great links for advice on how to do research, communicate effectively (speaking and writing), and how to successfully write your dissertation.

Looking for External Funding
Check out the section entitled "Miscellaneous Pearls of Wisdom" for tips on applying to NSF for fellowships.

APA Graduate Students (APAGS)
The home for graduate student concerns within the APA. Take a look at their newsletter and see what they offer for graduates who join.

APA Style Resources

Guidelines for Writing in APA
Another reference tool for writing in APA. This site goes over: checkpoints for the manuscript, rules of APA, headings, citations, references, miscellaneous points, plus examples of page layouts.

APA Style Guide
This is a comprehensive style guide for references in APA provided by the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries. Take a look at how to format books, journals, electronic information (including the Internet), and other media.

Psychology With Style: A Hypertext Writing Guide
Another summary of the APA Publication Manual. This site was designed by Dr. M. Plonsky with hints to avoid common mistakes and was organized well so you can easily find the information you are looking for.

Statistical Resources

Government Statistics
This is a powerful tool that allows you to access the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. FedStats is comprised of over 70 Federal agencies and allows you to benefit from official statistics they collect and publish.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Provides a wide range of statistical data from the Federal government's principal vital and health statistics agency. NCHS works with other Federal agencies, researchers, and academic institutions and provides data to policymakers in Congress and the Administration as well as to researchers and others in the health community.

Research Randomizer
A great site designed to assist researchers in preparing a random sampling or in assigning subjects to experimental conditions. Research Randomizer utilizes a program with a JavaScript random number generator to produce sets of random numbers that can be used in a variety of experimental situations.


Association of Psychology Postdoctoral & Internship Centers (APPIC)
If you are looking for an internship, this site provides a way to view openings and be matched to the right program. This site also promotes high quality training and recruitment practices at professional internship and training sites throughout the US and Canada.