Dissertation Writing Help: Practical Tips For Conducting An Effective Research
Dissertation writing requires strict adherence to a set of rules that will have been presented to you by your academic supervisor or professor. Even so, here are a few tips to help you out:
Define all the terms
The topic of your dissertation may contain a few terms for which the definitions are not fixed. A word like ‘truancy’for instance, may have a different definition in the elementary school system versus high school or in one country as opposed to another. If this is the case, make sure you know which definition your dissertation will refer to and how you intend to address it.
Seek out all your necessary sources
A dissertation is a very empty, sad thing without proper research. Decide as quickly as you can where you intend to source your information. Sources can come under two basic headings:
These sources are direct. If you interview someone or survey a group of people, that counts as a primary source of information. It takes a bit more effort on your part but you have the added benefit of tailoring your questions to suit your needs exactly.
These sources of information will reach you already compiled by someone else. You will not have to go through the trouble of hunting live respondents or anything of that nature but the information may not be as precisely suited to your research.
Use proper citations
A poorly done citation can make you appear to have misunderstood your dissertation’s format. A missing citation may cause you to appear to be incompetent or worse, a plagiarist. In order to avoid this predicament completely:
- Write the citations in manually
- Use a citation tool
This can be done while your research is being compiled so that none of your included references goes without citing. If you’re old-school and use a physical notepad, make sure it’s one you won’t leave lying around and misplace.
There are websites that will simplify the citation process for you tremendously. All you need to do is input a few details about the work that needs citing and it will produce your citation in the style you choose.
Writing your dissertation seems much more difficult at the start than when you’re finished. Without the benefit of hindsight it may be daunting but you can always refer to the instructions above to create a well written piece of work that you feel comfortable submitting.