It is important to devote time and effort to writing your dissertation. The English usage and style are very important. You must start your writing as early as possible. If you are a student supervised by me, I will require you to use LaTeX to write your dissertation.
Here are some slides on writing and publishing.
Here is a simple LaTeX template. You will need MikTeX, Ghostscript, and an editor like Winedt installed on your Windows machine. If you are using a linux box, relevent tools may already be available. This template is a bare-minimum one. There are sophisticated templates available online. I will also provide one later.
There are a plehora of resources available in regard to style. Your English usage must be correct. Here are some comments that I usully make: Notes on Style.
Bibliography adn Abbreviations in Referenes
We abbreviate common words in references---particularly confernce and journal names---based on the IEEE Style manual. Here is an example.