How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation (Palgrave Study Skills 2nd New edition)
By: Bryan Greetham (author)Paperback
Unlike any other book this teaches students how to generate their own ideas and develop them into original research projects. Using examples from all disciplines, it not only teaches students how to plan and research using all the qualitative and quantitative techniques and instruments, but also how to construct arguments and use evidence and language consistently. Throughout it emphasizes that writing is the most difficult form of thinking and dissertations are a test of our ability both to think and write clearly.
Bryan Greetham was educated at the universities of Kent and Sussex, UK. He holds a PhD in moral philosophy from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is currently engaged in research into moral thinking and the Holocaust, and teaches philosophy at the University of Maryland. He is the author of How to Write Better Essays, Thinking Skills for Professionals and Philosophy.
Preface Acknowledgements 1. Introduction PART I: EXAMINERS AND SUPERVISORS 2. Examiners - What Are They Looking For? 3. Working With Your Supervisor PART II: GENERATING AND DEVELOPING ORIGINAL IDEAS 4. What Activities Suit You Best? 5. Types of Research 6. What Interests You Most? 7. Generating Your Own Ideas 1: Using Trigger Questions 8. Generating Your Own Ideas 2: Perspectives and Levels 9. Developing Your Ideas 1: Causal Relations 10. Developing Your Ideas 2: Conceptual Relations 11. Original Questions and Hypotheses 1: Using Analogies 12. Original Questions and Hypotheses 2: Working With Your Structures PART III: DECIDING ON YOUR PROJECT 13. Searching the Literature 1: Knowing What to Look For 14. Searching the Literature 2: How to Search 15. Choosing the Topic PART IV: ORGANISING YOUR WORK 16. Planning Your Research 17. Managing Your Time 18. Your Retrieval System 19. Reading 20. Note-taking PART V: DOING YOUR RESEARCH 21. Qualitative and Quantitative Research 22. Secondary Sources 23. Primary Sources 1: Quantitative Research 24. Primary Sources 2: Designing and Distributing Your Questionnaire 25. Primary Sources 3: Qualitative Research - Interviews and Focus Groups 26. Primary Sources 4: Qualitative Research - Case Studies and Observations PART VI: PLANNING YOUR DISSERTATION 27. The Main Components and Introduction 28. The Literature Review 29. Research Methods, Findings, Conclusions and Appendices PART VII: ORGANISING YOUR THINKING 30. Developing Consistent Arguments 1: The Components 31. Developing Consistent Arguments 2: The Connections 32. Using Evidence 1: Describing It 33. Using Evidence 2: Drawing Inferences 34. Using Evidence 3: Creating Causal Connections 35. Using Language 1: Clarity - Jargon 36. Using Language 2: Clarity - Manipulative Words 37. Using Language 3: Consistency PART VIII: WRITING YOUR DISSERTATION 38. The First Draft 39. Style 1: Finding Your Own Voice 40. Style 2: Simplicity and Economy PART IX: PLAGIARISM, REFERENCING AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES 41. Plagiarism 42. Referencing and Bibliographies PART X: EDITING Revision 1: The Structure Revision 2: The Content Conclusion
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