Writing a Dissertation For Dummies

Writing a Dissertation For Dummies

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By (author) Carrie Winstanley

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 22mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470742704
  • ISBN 13: 9780470742709
  • Edition statement: UK ed
  • Sales rank: 51,507

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Producing a dissertation has become a major requirement of most university courses, both undergraduate and Masters. It's likely to be the largest single piece of work you'll have to submit - and also the hardest! Writing a Dissertation For Dummies walks you through all the practical and theoretical aspects of writing a dissertation to help you produce a first-class work. This guide is ideal for any student in the broad range of the social sciences, from anthropology to law, psychology to media studies. From choosing a topic, to researching the literature, utilising your supervisor, managing your time, and structuring and writing your dissertation, you'll be able to avoid all the common mistakes and stay on top of your workload throughout the process. You'll also find tips on the best way to reference your work, and expert advice on presentation and binding. This is a must if you want to maximise your marks on your university dissertation. Writing a Dissertation For Dummies covers: Part I: What is a Dissertation? Chapter 1: So You Have to Write a Dissertation Chapter 2: Thinking About a Research Question Part II: Getting Set Up for Your Dissertation Chapter 3: The Structure of Your Dissertation Chapter 4: Getting Started Chapter 5: Finalising Your Research Question, Dissertation 'Type' And Considering Ethics Chapter 6: Reading Efficiently and Taking Useful Notes Part III: Getting On With Your Research Chapter 7: Researching in Libraries and the Using the Internet Chapter 8: Creating Your Own Empirical Data Chapter 9: Analysing Data And Drawing Conclusions Chapter 10: Staying on Track Part IV: Writing and Polishing Chapter 11: Managing Your Argument: 'Writing Up' Your Non-Empirical Dissertation Chapter 12: Writing Up Your Empirical Dissertation Chapter 13: Writing Effectively Chapter 14: References, Bibliographies and Appendices Chapter 15: Sorting Out The Presentation of Your Dissertation Part V: Managing The Overall Experience Chapter 16: Your Work Habits Chapter 17: Looking After Yourself Physically and Emotionally Chapter 18: Ten Common Dissertation Pitfalls to Avoid Chapter 19: Ten Essential Tips For Completing Your Dissertation Chapter 20: Ten Items For Your Very Final Checklist

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Dr Carrie Winstanley is a Principal Lecturer in Education at Roehampton University, London, where she works with both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Carrie was recently named one of the Top 50 university teachers in the UK by the Higher Education Academy, for which she was awarded a national teaching fellowship.

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All you need to research, write and present a brilliant dissertation As long as you adopt a winning plan of attack, writing a dissertation needn't take over your life. Focusing on the social sciences, this book breaks down your project into bite-size chunks, leading you step-by-step through the process. From research, structure and building a coherent argument, to polishing your final draft and avoiding common pitfalls, you'll find everything you need to reach the finishing post with finesse. Prepare for what's ahead - choose your dissertation topic, write a strong proposal, decide on structure and pin down your research question Tackle the ground rules - plan your time wisely and practise effective reading and note-taking Present first-class research - gather the material you need, analyse your data and clearly display your findings Nail the writing - transform your ideas into polished text, with clear arguments, thorough references and a solid conclusion Open the book and find: Tips on writing either an empirical or non-empirical dissertation How to make the best use of your supervisor The elements of a great interview or questionnaire How to draw meaningfulconclusions from your research Reviewing and editing skills to refine your first draft The right way to reference, build abibliography and avoid plagiarism Perfect printing, binding and presentation techniques What should make your final checklist

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Understanding What a Dissertation Is. Chapter 1: Sorting Out the Basics of a Dissertation. Chapter 2: Thinking About a Research Question. Part II: Getting Set Up for Your Dissertation. Chapter 3: Structuring Your Dissertation. Chapter 4: Getting Started. Chapter 5: Finalising Your Research Question and Considering Ethics. Chapter 6: Reading and Note-Taking Efficiently. Part III: Getting On with Your Research. Chapter 7: Collecting Information and Researching. Chapter 8: Generating Your Own Empirical Data. Chapter 9: Analysing Data and Drawing Conclusions. Chapter 10: Staying on Track. Part IV: Writing and Polishing Your Work. Chapter 11: Managing Your Argument: Writing Up Your Non-Empirical Dissertation. Chapter 12: Writing Up Your Empirical Dissertation. Chapter 13: Writing Effectively. Chapter 14: References, Bibliographies and Appendixes. Chapter 15: Presenting Your Dissertation. Part V: Managing the Overall Experience. Chapter 16: Organising Your Work Habits. Chapter 17: Looking After Yourself. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid. Chapter 19: Ten Top Tips for Finishing Your Dissertation Successfully. Chapter 20: Ten Things to Check Before You Bind Your Dissertation. Index.