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  • Laura Betcher 7:00 am on October 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    What to do when my research findings do not match up with the literature review? 

    My thesis is due next month, and I have been stuck here with my thesis! The findings of my research are totally different what I expected them to be. My literature review and the objectives of the study were aimed to study something else, but now I realize that it wasn’t what I expected. My research has gone awry! If I promised to study ABC, my data analysis gave me the answer xyz of another question which I didn’t even think about. How can it be completely opposite! I guess the questionnaire is to be blamed for this for I didn’t check its reliability before-hand. What shall I do now? If I change the objectives and literature review of my thesis, won’t my proposal would be questioned which submitted to the committee? I have no idea what to do. In such a short time, I could not re-analyze my data!! No idea guys, please advise!

  • danny54460 5:37 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    To organize research data, what shall I do? 

    I am pursuing PhD in English literature. And it’s my 3rd year when I have started writing dissertation. But I think I should have started doing it earlier, since literature is very broad and I’m all trapped here. Please advise me what shall I do to not to lose my important notes and all those things which I’m thinking to do in my dissertation writing?

    • louis Herry 5:41 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You never heard of Mendeley? To keep soft copies of all of academic notes and journals, Mendeley app is perfect. It will make your systematic research organized. I have been using it for two years and found it helpful for researchers like us.

    • Robert Hughes 5:42 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi. You should draft a plan of writing dissertation first like how much time you shall take for writing the introduction, literature review, methodology, findings, evaluation, conclusion etc based on type of your research. It will also save your time since. It’s an old advice but helping.

    • danny54460 5:44 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s not easy to draft a writing plan. I don’t think any researcher can follow it easily as it take a lot of time and the whole scheduled plan becomes a mess. We can’t predict if we would be able to complete introduction or literature review within 3 months or 6 months. But since you advised me. Thanks.

    • Brad Grey 5:44 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Always ask yourself some chief questions like how long the dissertation should be? What my title of dissertation demands? What should I do to justify arguments? Middle, beginning are clear and content is in flow or not? And many more questions that can be raised. Try to answer them with your writing. Avoid writing anything manually; instead type even the small hints or important points.

    • danny54460 5:46 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      @ brad grey But why? I have a habit of pen and paper. I’m writing important points first on paper then will type it over. Otherwise I might get lost in typing and so. Also, when typing it later, there is a possibility of getting improved every time.

      • Brad Grey 5:47 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        @Danny Avoid it because each chapter of Humanities dissertation generally consist 40-50 double spaced pages. Do not make it more hectic for you to write and type simultaneously. As you said, English literature is already very broad; it involves theories and criticism. I would recommend the same I said earlier.

        • louis herry 5:48 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink

          Just adding another point here which may sound drastic but is effective. Always write your introduction at last when you are done with your entire dissertation because till then you will get a clear cut idea of what your dissertation targets and what you must introduce first.

  • morry1 4:39 am on September 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to write a persuasive dissertation 

    Tips on writing a persuasive dissertation-
    1. Identify the target reader first.
    2. Start with one or two very strong and convincing sentences so that the audience is temted to read further.
    3. Write a paragraph about the problem and dissertation from your point of view so that the audience will understand and will keep in mind while reading.
    4. Write clearly and concisely
    5. Try to create a connect between you and your audience.
    6. You can even try to cite the opposite point of view
    7. Give yourself atleast 2 days for writing a thesis.
    8. Do get a grammar check and formatting check to make it look more professional and impressive.

  • jackthomas01 4:40 am on September 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to choose a dissertation topic? 

    Choosing a right topic for dissertation writing is really important. As, if we fail to choose the correct topic we will not be able to do a quality work. Here are some tips to choose a right topic-
    1. Always make sure to explore your interest area.
    2. Try to pick a topic which has interested you through out your graduation and post graduation
    3. Think about why would you like to study that particular problem
    4. Read as much as can about the previous researches and outcomes of them. Prepare a strong LR
    5. Choose a do-able topic.
    6. Try to find out the reasons why your topic got rejected previously.
    7. Be in touch with your guide and discuss as much as you can about your interest areas.

    • Mariane 4:13 pm on November 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      These tips are quite useful jack. I would like to add something my supervisor explained to me while I began with my research.
      The research topic that you choose should be something that interests you and that you are considerably passionate about. Most important is that your topic or area of study should be specific. It should neither be too broad nor be too narrow. If the topic is too broad, you are likely to face problems while drawing conclusions. On the other hand, if your topic is too narrow, you are likely to face difficulty in data collection.
      so before you finalize the topic, determine the scope of research.

  • Dr S Loretti 3:58 am on May 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What is a Research Hypothesis? 

    A statement of the expectation or probability of an event that is proposed to be tested through the study is called a Research Hypothesis. It is a suggested explanation for the observed or probable relationship among two or more variables under study. Hypotheses generally begin with a question that forms the research problem for every research project.

    A general question such as, “Will people be more economically productive individually if they are provided with basic eye care services?” is apt to be embarked through a research project but it cannot be categorized as a hypothesis. For turning it to be a research hypothesis, operationalizing the terms is important. By operationalization, we mean defining the abstract concepts in a measurable manner. For instance, the term ‘economically productive’ can be measurably defined by using the phrase ‘hours worked per week’ or ‘quantity produced per day’. Depending upon how terms are defined, the results vary widely; so the researcher must critically decide the terms while formulating a hypothesis.

  • Dr S Loretti 6:16 am on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    www.discussyourdissertation.com And Its Academic Importance 

    The website, Discussyourdissertation.com was started by Professor Melissa Richins. She began the website to assist students pursuing their master’s courses. These students face obstacles while writing dissertations and are also affected by the high stress levels. Melissa had gone into the details of their problems and came up with this website for the United States.

    The portal is a meeting dais for all students facing problems during dissertation writing. The students here tell their problems to each other and get their doubts clarified. The website also facilitates the easy share of data by numerical examiners and investigative specialists. They offer precious advice to the students. There are various data updates on the site that enhance the latter’s level of understanding and self-belief.


  • 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 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 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 10:09 am on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Dissertation Abstract Writing Tips 

    Abstract, although, presented right at the beginning of the dissertation, is one of the last written pieces of work. It is in essence a précis version of the entire tome that you have put up for the examiner. A well-written abstract, is not just a preamble to your dissertation (this is the work of the introduction), but performs as standalone chapter that can replace your entire dissertation, in bibliographic presentations, citations, and online listings.

    Here are a few points that one must consider while compiling this work:

    • Depending upon the university rules, an abstract should ideally be 150 to 300 words long. Shorter the better is the thumb rule to be used.
    • It should include the salient features of every chapter of the dissertation, including the introduction, review of literature, goals, methodology, results, and conclusion, along with a summarizing line.
    • Like any piece of written work, the abstract should be written in a coherent language and logically structured.
    • When discussing various sections of the study, give due importance to the results and conclusions of the study and do not waste much space in building up the case.

    An abstract sets the expectations of the examiner and determines whether a reader will move forward or not. Thus, it is essential that a student put in complete efforts and thought while writing the abstract.

    • Isabella 10:50 am on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Should the abstract include all the findings of the research?

    • Taylor Memson 8:21 am on February 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You can give a brief about your findings but don’t exceed the word limit.

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