Successful Dissertation Writing guides students through the involved process of writing an academic dissertation, developing their ability to communicate ideas and research fluently and successfully. From conducting research, working with a supervisor, understanding and avoiding plagiarism, right through to using feedback and editing to improve the written piece, it will help students master the more technical elements of producing well-written academic work.
Table of ContentsPart 1: Academic Research: An OverviewA. Conducting Academic ResearchB. The Differences between a Thesis and a DissertationD. Developing Independence as a Researcher and Finding your VoiceE. Meeting the Challenges of Academic Researcha. Intellectual Challengesb. Emotional Challengesc. Motivational Challenges d. Organisational ChallengesF. Becoming a Member of an Academic Communitya. Attending Research Seminars and Conferencesb. Networking in Person and on the Internetc. Creating a Support GroupG. Choosing and Working with Your Supervisor Part 2: Preparing to WriteA. Familiarity with Your School's Rules & RegulationsB. Ethical ConsiderationsC. Deciding on a Research TopicD. Identifying a Gap in the LiteratureE. Generating Research Questions and Research HypothesesF. Deciding on the Research Approacha. Quantitative Approachesb. Qualitative Approachesc. Mixed-methods Approachesd. Disciplinary and Subject Variations Part 3: Clear and Effective WritingA. Reading and Planning before You WriteB. Sources of InformationC. Selecting Appropriate InformationD. Note-takingE. The Style of Academic Writinga. Clarityb. Level of Formalityc. Eliminating Biased Languaged. Supporting Your Claimse. Acknowledging Alternative Perspectivesf. Avoiding Plagiarismh. Summarising and Concluding Individual Chapters F. The Mechanics of Academic Writinga. Capitalization & Punctuationb. Abbreviationsc. Headingsd. Quotationse. Tablesf. Figuresg. Referencingh. Appendices Part 4: The Research ProjectA. AbstractB. The Introductiona. The Background of the Issueb. Statement of the Problemc. Purposes of the Studyd. Significance of the Studye. Theoretical Perspectivef. The Audience for the Studyg. DelimitationsB. The Literature Reviewa. What to Reviewb. How to Review Published Papers and Booksb. Synthesizing and Summarizing Major Sectionsc. Presenting the Gap in the Literatured. Stating the Major Purposes of the Studye. Stating Research Questions and Research HypothesesC. Methodologya. Research Participantsb. Instrumentationc. Proceduresd. ; Analytical ApproachD. Resultsa. Organizing the Resultsb. Summarizing the Resultsc. Using Tables and Graphs to Present ResultsE. Discussiona. Relating Your Results to Previous Researchb. The Theoretical Consequences of Your Resultsc. How Your Results Have Resolved the Problem You Identifiedd. New Contributions of Your StudyF. Conclusionsa. Summarizing Your Findingsb. Limitations of the Studyc. Suggestions for Future Researchd. Final Conclusions Part 5: The Viva (oral examination a. What is a Viva and What is its Purpose? b. How Does the Viva Work? c. Choosing your Examiner(s) d. Preparing for the Viva e. Having your Supervisor Present f. Strategies for Success Part 6: AppendicesA. ChecklistsC. Answer Key to Tasks