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  • Dr S Loretti 7:10 am on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What to do if your dissertation gets rejected? 

    Don’t get disheartened if your past efforts could not get you the desired results. Every failure makes you learn to be stronger and determined than you were in the last attempt. Think creatively, use your knowledge and be informed about the previous mistakes while you begin with your work again.

    The first step is the critical evaluation of the specifics of your situation, keeping in mind the previous actions that lead you to failure. Devise and adapt new strategies while articulating what you did and what you did not understand. You should also try to look out for unique and innovative answers to your questions. To adapt to new strategies, it is essential to explore unfound information in the specific field. Adopt new techniques for searching information and broaden your knowledge base.

    Enhance your strengths to climb higher the ladder of success and narrow the gap between what you are today and what you want to be. Always remember that failures narrow your choices so that you can take up the right path.

    • Betty Kress 4:39 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I am a new member to this board but seriously the posts are so motivating and helpful. I just feel like dissertation writing is not that a big issues that I always felt. Thanks a lot!

    • juliaamassin 12:12 pm on May 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You are very right Dr. Loretti. Failures inform us about the mistakes we make.

  • Dr S Loretti 7:00 am on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips for effective referencing 

    Referencing is significant only when it is used in the standard bibliographic format to cite every source which the paper is tied to. Follow the useful tips while preparing the Reference Section:

    1. Record the bibliographic information as and when the sources are used to avoid the last minute hustle.
    2. Ensure to apply consistent format for citing all the sources.
    3. Cite only the sources that are directly relevant to the area of study.
    4. Never cite Incomplete or abstract sources.
    5. List all the references alphabetically.
    6. Follow the appropriate citation format for information from different sources. Separate format is used for Journal papers, books, newspaper articles, online content.
    7. Make sure that each in-text citation has an equal entry in the Reference list.
    8. Favor the present tense and active voice.
    9. Avoid the use of dramatic adjectives.
    10. Devote sufficient time for this section and proofread carefully before the dissertation is submitted.
    • Steven 4:38 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I have given few references in the form of footnotes, am I still required to cite them in the References section?

    • Dennis Scott 4:32 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Footnotes must be cited in the body of the text and on a separate page titled Footnotes.

    • Mary R. Thomas 5:05 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Referencing is so important, never thought of it. I will definitely keep these tips in mind while preparing the references in my thesis

  • Dr S Loretti 4:36 am on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Formatting your data into Tables 

    The research methodology adopted by you generates large chunks of data for you to analyze and interpret results. Such pile of varied data can be hard to understand. A better way to use it is by classifying and formatting it into tables, thereby displaying patterns in the gathered data. The representation through tables will help your readers to understand your proposed meaning and elucidation.
    A thoughtfully build table is the basis for statistical analysis and graphical presentation. Following points must be kept in mind while using tables:

    • Every table should be given a title or a caption, and must be numbered.
    • Brief description can also be added below the table.
    • A consistent format should be used for all the tables.
    • Headings must be repeated on subsequent pages if the tables split over two or more pages.
    • Proper indenting should be done to ensure that the data is easily readable.
    • Choose the most appropriate location to add the tables. There are three acceptable locations for inserting a table:
      • Within the chapter immediately where it is referred to
      • At the end of the relevant chapter
      • Grouped at the end of the dissertation
    • Elvira Kent 7:32 am on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Is there a limit to the number of tables that can be used in the dissertation?

    • Robert Ramsey 4:51 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Elvira! There is no such limit to the use of tables; they should be used as per the need of your data.

  • Dr S Loretti 4:33 am on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips to polish your Dissertation 

    Once you have drafted your dissertation, the next step is to do some rework on it to enhance it and make it more presentable. Polishing the dissertation should not be taken lightly, and due attention should be paid to it. It calls for effort and careful observation.

    There are two ways you can polish your document- one is that you can take help from professional proofreaders who will improve the flow of the document while giving suggestions regarding how to improve it further. The second way is to carry out the proofreading task on your own.
    In the latter case, follow the tips given below:

    • Re-read the complete dissertation, one paragraph at a time thereby eliminating the use of unnecessary words, simplifying the sentences, removing the grammatical errors.
    • Make sure that every paragraph is equally important and makes sense to the readers focusing on a single point.
    • With focusing on the meaning of the sentences, concentrate on the words as well.
    • Pay careful attention to Homophones (words which sound the same but are spelt differently have different meanings)
    • Fix a specific type of problem to look at, every time you open your dissertation and strive to complete it in one go.
    • Increase the use of active verb in your document.
    • Devote a session to the flow of the sentences.

    Above all, try to read your dissertation with an editor’s eye, wide open to see what you might have skipped before.

    • Christina 7:32 am on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I have hired a professional editor for this work; I can’t handle the load anymore!

    • Ronald Michael 4:31 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      These tips are good. I’ve got motivated to start up today itself.

  • Dr S Loretti 4:18 am on February 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A Twist to an Old Research 

    For many students, it is hard work to come up with a genuinely new topic for their research. So much investigation has been done in so many areas in so many fields that there are few topics in the world left untouched. That is why many students take a different point of view on an existing topic. They take a stand that is contrary to the one taken by the original scholar. Then they spend the rest of the project trying to justify the stand they have taken and the evidence in its favour.

    • William Turner 4:30 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Exactly! We guys are left with not much scope for study. It is so hard to search in depth to get a suitable topic for the research work.

    • Nick 4:54 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yea William! You are absolutely right.

    • Teresa J. Mann 5:09 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yes it is good to use old researches with some changes or for further research.

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