Fully updated since first publication in 2007, and with extended and revised sections in key areas such as Plagiarism & Copyright, Ethics in research, and Citing & Referencing, How to write Dissertations & Research Projects will allow a student to assess and address their particular weaknesses in researching and writing dissertations and longer pieces of coursework and delivers detailed tips, techniques and strategies to enable them to significantly improve their abilities and performance in time to make a difference.
Kathleen McMillan and Jonathan Weyers work within the University of Dundee's Learning Centre and Academic Affairs Office respectively and have each been teaching for over 25 years and now specialize in supporting academic skills across both the arts and sciences.
Introduction 1. Tackling a dissertation or project report: how to make the best possible start 2. Choosing a dissertation or project report: how to decide on a theme for your investigation Planning your research 3. Writing a proposal: how to structure a successful dissertation or research proposal 4. Time management: how to write your dissertation or project while balancing family, work and leisure 5. Planning for dissertations: how to begin your research and evolve a model for your writing 6. Planning for experimental projects: how to organise your efforts effectively Finding and filtering information 7. Information literacy: how to make the best use of the library resources 8. Effective academic reading: how to read efficiently and with understanding 9. Analysing and evaluating source material: how to filter and select relevant material as part of the research process 10. Note-making from source material: how to create effective notes to support your dissertation and project research Applying research techniques 11. Principles of quantitative research: how to obtain and analyse numerical information 12. Principles of qualitative research: how to obtain and analyse descriptive information 13.Experimental research and field visits: how to develop and apply your skills 14. Thinking critically: how to develop a logical approach to analysis and problem-solving Working with Data & Numbers 15. Number crunching: how to solve problems in arithmetic and algebra 16. Interpreting and presenting data: how to understand & produce graphs, tables & basic statistics Addressing issues of plagiarism, referencing amd ethics 17. Plagiarism and copyright infringement: how to avoid being accused of 'stealing' the ideas and work of others 18. Citing and listing references: how to refer appropriately to the work of others 19. Ethics in researching and reporting: how to follow good research practice Writing a first draft 20. Structuring a dissertation: how to organise your writing within a standard framework 21. Structuring a project report: how to select and shape your content appropriately 22. Academic writing style: how to adopt appropriate language conventions Editing, revising and presenting 25. Reviewing, editing and proof-reading: how to make sure that your writing is concise and correct 26. Exploiting feedback: how to understand and learn from what your supervisor writes on your work 27. Presentation of dissertations and reports: how to follow the appropriate academic conventions References and further reading Glossary