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  • Dr S Loretti 4:01 am on May 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Iterative Research Process 

    The ultimate key to a successful doctorate research lies in its ‘iterative’ process. The process involves returning to the research objectives, questions and methods over and over again while devising new ideas and improvements. A research is often considered to be a systematic process with stages occurring one-by-one, but it must be fluid and adaptable to change.

    It is often seen that post discussions with the supervisors and peers, the need for alterations in the research methodologies, or addition of a new research question or some other changes is projected. Throughout the process of dissertation writing, the study is re-examined from different perspectives which may call for a transformation of the research to a      different shape. To ensure a comprehensive approach to the research problem, it is essential to realize that the process of research is cyclical.

  • Dr S Loretti 3:57 am on May 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Common Errors in Proposal Writing 

    Most students fail to understand the underlying purpose and significance of a research proposal. A research would be sought to be good only if its proposal reaches the deemed level of quality.

    Following are some common mistakes that research candidates make while preparing for proposal writing:

    • Improper use of context to frame the research question
    • Inability to define the boundary limits for research
    • Failure to cite suitable literatures
    • Inaccurate presentation of empirical contributions by other researchers
    • Diversion from the research question
    • Inappropriate detailing on major issues and arguments
    • Absence of clearly defines directions
    • Lapse in source citation and references
    • Failing to abide by the writing style guidelines
    • Sloppy writing
    • Fidel N. Cooney 6:42 am on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Inaccurate presentation is what I’m struggling with these days.

    • Teresa J. Mann 5:07 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey just came across this at thr right time. Will surely cross check my proposal with these tips.

  • 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 3:47 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 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?

  • Dr S Loretti 6:57 am on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Preparing for your dissertation defense session 

    A dissertation defense aims at proving the ability of the student to submit the proposed study confidently in a knowing manner. The mere thoughts of preparing for dissertation defense are often enough to induce anxiety and nervousness. One must think about both the logistical and psychological considerations while preparing for their thesis defense.

    Ordinarily, students take a one-month lead-time between the submission of the final draft and the last appointment to submit your thesis defense. One should plan one’s presentation, stay calm, and know oneself well from deep within as also he should know the committee and the work to be presented highly thoroughly. One should plan smart and not over plan thereby limiting the time to be focusing on actual training. Setting up for a meeting with the committee members well in advance is a good idea, especially since it would give you an honest estimate of their expertise and the probable questions they might have on the research. So as stated, it is always helpful to confer with fellow researcher who has experienced the same circle of professors on their panel.

    When working on the slide presentation of your report, it is pertinent to keep focused and remember the objective is to highlight the study in its entirety and not just results and conclusions drawn from your work. Always include a quick section on the purpose and background of the discipline for the benefit of the defense. Further, one must observe the ground rules of preparing for dissertation defense i.e. start by reviewing the research purpose, accompanied by the methodological instruments and analyses used. Thereon, go straight to presenting the results, remember to stick to factual and not beat behind the bush.

    Practicing with an audience beforehand immensely helps in enhancing your confidence and enables in presenting a clear and level headed defense. Last but not the least, self presentation is essential, get good sleep, follow an appropriate formal dress code and conduct yourself well to ensure credibility of your work.

    Therefore, one must considered dissertation defense as an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the salient features of your research and take advantage from the review committee’s inputs in order to improve upon your thesis or dissertation. By having a positive approach towards oneself, one’s thesis and the review committee, one can do wonders with one presentation. But a thoroughly disciplined preparation plan should be chalked out well in advance. Following the plan closely and honestly can make things work definitely.

    • Mary Minton 12:28 pm on October 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Defense Sessions are the scariest part of preparing dissertations.

    • Mary Minton 12:28 pm on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Two days later, I have to present my dissertation and my nervousness is going over my head.

    • Colby McCland 12:29 pm on January 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Mary, sorry to say but I disagree to your statement. I found the presentation and defense very interesting as this part actually allowed me to describe the relevance of my work. I got great comments as well.

  • Dr S Loretti 6:11 am on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips on writing a brilliant Dissertation Acknowledgment 

    After a lot of effort and sweat, when you finally come close to the finish line of your dissertation, it will be time to write an acknowledgement. A dissertation acknowledgement is a page that you dedicate to all the people who helped you write and complete your dissertation and supported you in times of distress. It includes professional as well as personal assistance that you may have received in the course of your dissertation writing process.


    Here are a few tips to write a good dissertation acknowledgement:

    People Matter: Your acknowledgement will be one of the first few pages of your dissertation. Make sure to include all the people who have supported you through your dissertation. Hopefully, your advisor will have played a vital role in your dissertation; give him/her due credit. Don’t forget to mention your professors, your college staff, your librarian, your classmates, your family and friends, your love, your dog, etc.! The point is, do not miss out on important people, they may not read the entire dissertation, but they will surely read the acknowledgement.

    Writing Skills: Showcase some great writing skills while you write your acknowledgement. Using the right words will add a lot of personal touch to your acknowledgement and give it a deeper meaning than just words. Also, refrain from using slang language or very casual tone. Keep it formal, sincere and nice.

    Copy: As weird as it sounds, this is actually a good idea to write a brilliant acknowledgement. Before you start writing, you need to read other students’ acknowledgements. Some will be terrible, sloppy, bad, while some will be touching, wonderful and exceptional. Pick the ones that you really relate to, and ones that interest you as a reader. In all probability, you should write something similar. Do not copy word to word, but use a similar language to achieve the desired impact.

    Don’t overdo it: Many-a-times, students lose control while writing the acknowledgment and go on writing pretty much nonsense. Understand that there is a reason a section of acknowledgement is present in your dissertation. Give it ample time and thought before you writing something in a hurry just for the sake of it. Also, you must try and keep it real. Don’t oversell your professors or your advisors. Thank them and express sincere gratitude, but don’t use words that will sound fake to the reader.

    Express wholeheartedly: When you write the acknowledgement, express how the people have helped you – whether they motivated you, made your experience of writing worthwhile, helped in your research, stood by you in tough times, added enthusiasm when you felt distressed or wanted to give up, etc.


    A good acknowledgement will always bring a smile on your reader’s face. Whether it is your advisor, your family or your prospective employer, a well-written note of gratitude exhibits your personality and your writing.

    • Henry Smith 10:56 am on October 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Is there some specific format for writing acknowledgement?

    • Debora Wood 8:26 am on October 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      You can follow some templates for acknowledgement but there is no set format for the same.

    • carlochandleer 11:40 am on May 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Good tips!

  • Dr S Loretti 6:03 am on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    How to write a Housing Dissertation? 

    Writing a housing dissertation can be quite a challenge if you are not well aware of the real estate industry. However, with detailed research, one can write an exceptional housing dissertation which will benefit many people around the globe. In today’s market, real estate and housing are the latest talk-of-the-town with the sky-high rates and need for affordable housing.


    The number of topics available in the field of housing dissertations is quite high, giving students a wide scope to choose a topic that interests them. While writing a housing dissertation, it is important to consider your audience and the kind of change you aspire to bring in the specified field. Here are some tips on writing a good and effective housing dissertation.

    Points to consider while writing a Housing Dissertation:

    • Topic: Choose your topic wisely. Within housing dissertations, there are a lot of topics available like maintenance, real estate prices, investments, apt locations, need for affordable housing, constructions, choosing a trust-worthy builder, etc.
    • Social and affordable housing: Usually, social housing and affordable housing are the largest chosen topics as the current recession and decline in economy are raising a lot of questions about affordable housing. If you choose a similar topic, you must consider the impact of your dissertation and have a solid plan to change the scenario at least a little bit. Your dissertation must be able to find some solution for the lower income group so that they can also afford a home for themselves.
    • Proposal: Create a strong proposal. Your topic will be more appealing with a well-written and effective proposal.
    • Title: Your title page must have a strong statement that well-elaborates your topic
    • Introductory pages: The preface, acknowledgement and table of contents must be included in your dissertation
    • Research: Conduct a thorough research about your topic and incorporate all the tables and charts based on your study in your dissertation. You can use a lot of facts and figures to complement your study in a housing dissertation
    • Abstract: Write an exceptional abstract. The abstract will make your dissertation stand out from the others, and a good housing abstract will interest a lot of people, right from niche to mass audiences.
    • History: Give a history about the topic, for e.g. if you are writing about affordable housing, go back to the initial years and talk about how the concept of affordable housing has changed over the years.
    • Legal issues: Since every housing deal requires a lot of documentation and faces many legal issues, you must incorporate this in your dissertation
    • Analysis: Give a detailed analysis based on your study that includes statistical data and data collection methods and analysis.

    Conclusions: This is the most important aspect of your dissertation. Write a clear and focused conclusion that communicates your study and research effectively.


    • Crystal Campbell 12:01 pm on December 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Real estate has always been an interesting field of study for me. But I thought of it to be a complex matter of affair for research. Looking at the segregated parts here is in some way motivating me to take up this task.

      • William Lowery 12:04 pm on January 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah Crystal, you can surely make a wonderful report in this sector. I have researched a lot in this field and find interest too. And the best part is that for the complicated analysis you can always take help of analysis software like SPSS or Amos.

    • Crystal Campbell 12:06 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the support William. I am surely looking forward to this.

    • Dr S Loretti 12:07 pm on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Crystal, real estate is a growing sector today and you have a wide scope in this sector like residential development, public infrastructure, business advancement projects, real estate pricing and much more.

    • julianmassina 11:32 am on May 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My study is based on the problem of affordable housing in UK.

    • Jane S. Schlesinger 6:43 am on August 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Findings, suggestions and conclusions are also essential to be included in a research.

    • Teresa J. Mann 5:08 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That’s something new I have come across to.

  • Dr S Loretti 8:36 am on October 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Enhancing Readers For A Dissertation 

    A dissertation, also known as a research project is considered to be an indicator of your potential and capability as a research scholar. When you write a dissertation, the expectation is that you, as a scholar, will write up your finding and explore an area in depth.

    Usually, your dissertation advisor, your supervisory committee and your partners, friends or your parents read the dissertation. But these people do not really count because they are ought to read it and cannot skip that. Since you’ve poured in a lot of effort for your research project, it is important for you to be focused on portraying the same in the best manner.

    You should try to encourage readers for your dissertation. For this, you will have to keep your dissertation simple, understandable and interesting. Try to explain things to people and while doing so you will realize the changes you need to bring in it.

    You can also blog about your dissertation in order to increase the interest of readers in it. Blogging takes a lot of energy and is time-consuming too but it is a very good and unique way to make your dissertation readable by common readers.

    Most importantly, your dissertation topic should be interesting enough so that readers want to learn more about it. Also, do not escalate the number of pages of your dissertation as it will reduce the interest of readers.

    • Frank Manjarrez 10:56 am on October 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I regularly follow your discussion board and the posts are very informative.

    • robertmaxeey 11:40 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      A captivating topic is the first thing that can encourage a reader.

  • Dr S Loretti 6:47 am on October 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Is pursuing a PhD in Computer Science actually easy? 

    Choosing a PhD in computer science is whole heartedly decision of the pursuer. At the end of PhD (After thesis is written and defended), one can be an expert in a particular subject. If you wish to be a lecturer or consultant, you are on the right path, but if you want to be a programmer, you are wasting your time and energy in a long study course which is of no use in practical as you become over qualified. Although through PhD’s you can get a good research job which pays you well.

    If you want to pursue PhD in CS, you must ask few questions to yourself that why are you doing it?

    • Money- If you think that you can earn with PhD, it’s not a very good idea as you will be earning very less than your capable earnings.
    • Interest- If you really want to be a computer geek and explore the subject in depth to kill your curiosity and learn new things, then you are on the right path.
    • If you want to be a professor and want to find yourself as a faculty in a university with creative freedom, travel and flexible schedule then pursuing this lengthy and tedious course is worth it.

    Choose the right path after graduation, as PhD is a long process of attending classes and doing research. It is fun to learn new things, but sometimes frustrating too.

    • Charles Pike 10:57 am on October 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      It is no way easy to prepare dissertation in CS.

    • adamflindeers 11:40 am on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This questions are pursuading me to leave this domain of research!

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