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How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation (2nd Edition)

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Writing a dissertation is like running a marathon: a successful one takes months of careful planning and preparation. This practical guide takes undergraduate students step-by-step through the process of completing a...

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Writing a dissertation is like running a marathon: a successful one takes months of careful planning and preparation. This practical guide takes undergraduate students step-by-step through the process of completing a dissertation, from the initial stages of generating original ideas and planning the project through to writing their first draft and critically reviewing their own work.

It shows students how to choose the most appropriate methods for collecting and analysing their data and how to then integrate this research into their dissertation. Students will learn how to develop consistent and persuasive arguments and write up their research in a clear and concise style.

This book is an essential resource for undergraduates of all disciplines who are required to write a dissertation as part of their degree. 

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  • Shows students what examiners are looking for and how to achieve the best marks
  • Offers guidance on how students can build a strong working relationship with their supervisor
  • Includes learning objectives, examples from a range of disciplines and summaries of key points
  • Contains useful forms, tables and checklists to help students keep on top of their dissertation
  • Highlights the employability skills gained through writing a dissertation

  • New chapters on generating ideas, assessing the reliability of online sources and assessing projects for scrutiny by an ethics committee
  • Timeline detailing all of the key stages and signposts readers to the relevant chapters of the book

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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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.

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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.

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