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Writing a Dissertation For Dummies, UK Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-74270-9
360 pages
January 2012
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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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Introduction 1

Part I: Understanding What a Dissertation Is 7

Chapter 1: Sorting Out the Basics of a Dissertation 9

Chapter 2: Thinking About a Research Question 23

Part II: Getting Set Up for Your Dissertation 41

Chapter 3: Structuring Your Dissertation 43

Chapter 4: Getting Started 55

Chapter 5: Finalising Your Research Question and Considering Ethics 75

Chapter 6: Reading and Note-Taking Efficiently 97

Part III: Getting On with Your Research 115

Chapter 7: Collecting Information and Researching 117

Chapter 8: Generating Your Own Empirical Data 135

Chapter 9: Analysing Data and Drawing Conclusions 165

Chapter 10: Staying on Track 187

Part IV: Writing and Polishing Your Work 203

Chapter 11: Managing Your Argument: Writing Up Your Non-Empirical Dissertation 205

Chapter 12: Writing Up Your Empirical Dissertation 217

Chapter 13: Writing Effectively 229

Chapter 14: References, Bibliographies and Appendixes 247

Chapter 15: Presenting Your Dissertation 259

Part V: Managing the Overall Experience 271

Chapter 16: Organising Your Work Habits 273

Chapter 17: Looking After Yourself 285

Part VI: The Part of Tens 303

Chapter 18: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid 305

Chapter 19: Ten Top Tips for Finishing Your Dissertation Successfully 311

Chapter 20: Ten Things to Check Before You Bind Your Dissertation 317

Index 321

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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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