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  • Dr S Loretti 3:53 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Taking the help of other scholars 

    Selecting the right research methodology is very important. But many students stumble at this stage. So what can they do to find a good research methodology? They can take the help of other scholars who have worked before in this field. They can ask them as to what methodology they followed. It is a good idea to browse through old samples and prior works in this field and get an idea of the research pattern that was followed. Then with a few modifications, the student will be able to arrive at a methodology that is suitable for his project.

    • David 11:09 am on June 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Books or Academic Journals? Which one of the two would lead me to a suitable research topic?

  • Dr S Loretti 3:52 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Internet as a source of research 

    Internet is a great medium of information. Researchers are starting to find that most of the material they require can be gained from the Internet itself. That is why they use the Internet as the starting point for collecting all the information they need. They move on to other sources only when they have exhausted this option. This source even comes in useful when students wish to gauge if they can successfully work on a topic or not. Information on the Internet can even point the researchers to primary sources of data that they can collect later. 

  • Dr S Loretti 3:51 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The right reasons for doing a PhD 

    Students who wish to do a PhD should make sure that they are in it for the right reasons. Doing a PhD is not for those who wish to become rich quick. It often involves sacrificing a certain level of income for a few years till the program is complete. A doctorate is also no guarantee of prestige or acquiring status in society. A PhD should only be undertaken by those who have a genuine thirst for knowledge and do not mind spending hours and hours on painstaking research. It is perfect for people who wish to contribute to the existing body of knowledge in a discipline.

  • Dr S Loretti 3:50 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Citing electronic sources 

    Every system has its own way of referencing somebody else’s work. This is true for the Harvard system as well. There are some points to remember while references are being made to electronic sources. The writer needs to put down the date on which the source is accessed, the electronic address or the email ID that he/she got the material from and the type of electronic media that the source came from. Points are given for the correct use of these references. That is why writers should read the Harvard guide comprehensively and make sure that they get the format right.

    • Rehana 10:47 am on June 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Should a hyperlink be added while citing the URL for the source?

  • Dr S Loretti 3:49 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The risks of an unformatted dissertation 

    If the project is not formatted properly, it can end up looking messy and unprofessional. Many students do not take care of this crucial aspect, which is why they lose marks in their dissertation. There are many sample dissertations on the web that students can access, or they can take the help of a professional editor. But they need to make sure that the dissertation is formatted properly and according to the rules laid down by the university and the style of the discipline that they are working on. A badly formatted dissertation could lead the student to pay a heavy price.

    • Elizabeth B. White 5:16 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The first and foremost risk of an formatted dissertation is it has a lot of chances of getting rejected.

  • Dr S Loretti 3:48 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Each discipline demands a different style 

    When it comes to dissertation writing, there are no hard and fast rules. This is not a case of one size fits all. The style that the dissertation needs to be written in will vary as per the subject that the student is studying. A dissertation in the humanities requires that the student uses a high literary style of writing. A dissertation in economics requires that the student gets all his facts and figures right and use the right graphs and charts to portray them. Sample dissertations should be referred before the student starts the writing process. 

    • aliciayanccy 10:39 am on May 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The formatting would also vary with different disciplines.

  • Dr S Loretti 3:47 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Getting guidance for writing the proposal 

    Many people take the help of professionals for writing their dissertation proposal. If they cannot engage the services of a professional then they read books that offer some useful tips on how they can write a powerful proposal. The words in the proposal have to be chosen carefully. Many students do not have the linguistic ability to produce a high standard of scholarly work. It is for this reason that they feel the need to take the help of either a writer, editor, subject matter expert or a decent guide book to help them through this difficult process.

    • huntercunie 4:10 am on May 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My superviser has given me a layout for proposal preparation.

    • Charlene E. Howard 6:42 am on August 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Proposal is the most crucial section of your research so make sure to get it revised by a supervisor or a professional editor before you submit.

  • Dr S Loretti 3:46 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The importance of data to economics 

    One discipline that requires careful analysis of volumes of data is economics. That is why those who choose to make a career in this field are also required to be skilled in mathematics and statistics. Some people make use of Excel files to accumulate all this data so as to analyze it at a later stage. Then there are others who prefer to let modern software applications carry out this work for them. Many of the economic upheavals of the modern world have been detected or predicted in advance since some economists were smart enough to look at the data and understand what it means.

    • Robert 11:26 am on June 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Accumulating data as per suitable categories is very cumbersome!

    • Gertrude J. Padilla 6:35 am on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Some software for data accumulation or collation can be used.

      • Michael 10:50 am on September 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah! It is less tiresome and much more tedious.

    • Rosa M. Garren 5:04 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Economics is a study of data only so it is of utmost important.

  • Dr S Loretti 10:32 am on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Choosing the right chart for your data 

    Data Analysis in most scientific papers involves quantitative data, and presentation of numbers to a meaningful chart is an important task. With vast amount of data, the selection of an appropriate chart that interprets the data effectively becomes tough.

    The two influential elements for the choice of the right chart for your data are:

    • Data Comparison

    The most common type of chart used for comparison of data is the Bar Graph. For example, the comparison of quarterly sales of a company can be displayed by using multiple series bar graphs. One such graph is displayed below:


    Scattered graph or line chart can be used for representing correlation between two variables.

    •  Data Composition


    The structure of data is another signifying element. When the data comprises of different categories or is composed of three or more variables, a pie chart or stacked bar graph can be used to interpret data. The stacked chart can be described in the following way:

    Choosing the right type of chart for representation of your quantitative data is of utmost importance since a diagrammatic presentation of numerical data is deemed to convey your idea to your readers in exactly the same way.

    • davidbergevin 1:39 am on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve also used bar graphs for qualitative data.

    • Elizabeth B. White 5:16 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I always using prefer graphs/charts

  • Dr S Loretti 10:28 am on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Getting your Dissertation Published 

    Once your dissertation writing is complete, you might want to publish it in an impactful journal. It is a good idea to offer a readability access of your scientific research to other scholars and interested readers. And academic journals are a great platform to get your paper published. Searching the most suitable journal for your topic can enhance your chances of being published.

    To begin with, conduct a thorough online search for publishers or publishing houses that print journals in your research domain. Access some related journals and get insights to their format, types of papers, writing styles. Subsequently, choose a journal publication that best suits your research paper. Once you finalize a journal for your paper, prepare your manuscript as per the journal’s guidelines. Make sure to read the Author’s Guidelines while editing your manuscript.

    Before submission, it is necessary that you get your work peer reviewed by an expert so that you don’t have to face rejection. A peer reviewer will enhance the content of your paper by eliminating the grammar and spelling errors. After this stage, your manuscript is all set for submission. An important point to be considered here is, don’t ever get discouraged by failure of original submission. Work and revise on your content again, if being asked by the publishers.

    • deancurnow 11:37 am on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yea, I’m also searching for high impact factor journals in my research area.

    • Tammy V. Wood 6:43 am on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      There are so many guidelines for authors that I’m very nervous if I would actually be able to get my work published.

    • Elizabeth B. White 5:21 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I want to get it published in a good journal. Can anyone suggest me some?

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