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  • Dr S Loretti 4:36 am on October 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips On Applying For A PhD Degree Program 

    A PhD degree or a doctorate degree is the highest academic degree in many countries that a student can earn. The degree is awarded to scholars who have completed the PhD program successfully. Before applying for a PhD program, there are certain things, which students need to keep in mind.

    PhD careers are mostly based on research. After getting a PhD degree, you may secure a position as a professor in any college or university. You can join as a researcher in a government or industrial laboratory or even become an independent practitioner. If you are curious to explore a subject in depth and have enough patience to do so for many years, then applying for a graduate PhD program is a right decision for you.

    But, if you simply want to do a PhD program to get a doctorate degree or the status of being seen as smarter than everyone else, then enrolling in a PhD program is not a good decision.

    The second basic thing before applying for a PhD degree program is that you should be sure about the university from where you want to get the doctorate degree. There are thousands of universities around the world but choosing the right one is really an uphill task.
    The other significant thing which students need to be sure about is that whether they want to enrol themselves in a campus based program or they want to join an online program as some universities are offering an online based doctorate degree nowadays.

    • Linda 10:58 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’m planning to apply for the university I always wanted to be in. Hope I get through!

    • Stephanie 8:29 am on November 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Linda! You must try for other universities as well, just in case you couldn’t clear in this one.

    • alexoliphaant 11:41 am on April 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Currently busy with my job but by the end of this year, I’ll shortlist my choice of colleges.

  • Dr S Loretti 9:08 am on September 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Role of Law Related Journals 

    Are you pursuing your PhD in law? If yes, then you’ve actually made the right decision. By drafting a brilliant law dissertation, you can actually play your individual role in enhancing the knowledge base of students who are thinking about building a career in law.

    Publishing law dissertations is yet another important criterion among doctoral students who’ve opted for attaining a doctorate degree in law studies. Journals are actually publications issued at regular intervals and refer to peer –reviewed serious scholarly publication written for an educated audience about an industry or area of professional activity.A law review (or law journal) is a scholarly journal focusing on legal issues, normally published by an organization of students at a law school or through a bar association.

    I know some of you might be wondering as to what role is exactly played by these law-related journals. Well, for all those who aren’t familiar with it, here is a brief:

    Law journals aim to deepen and broaden the knowledge of the rule of law and its relation to economic growth, reduction of poverty, promotion of democracy, human rights protection and geopolitical stability. These journals also invite and publish academic articles, practitioner reports and commentary, book reviews and special volumes on major developments and themes in the rule of law field.

    Some law review journals also build on a rich tradition of scholarship aimed at exploring issues of national as well as local significance to scholars, legislators, jurists, and practitioners. Others also provide timely legal information of national importance to attorneys. The legal news on legal significance to the corporate world and private sectors is also reported for better understanding to the business individuals.

    • Dereck 10:58 am on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Should I submit my law dissertation for open access? Any suggestions anyone?

    • Ben Parker 8:29 am on October 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yea Dereck, you should give it for online access, it’ll be a great help for students like me as I’m pursuing PhD in law.

    • robertmaxeey 11:41 am on March 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I am investigating up on public law as the area of my dissertation.

  • Dr S Loretti 9:06 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Inserting Quotations Within A Dissertation 

    Quotes lend a touch of personification to a piece of write-up and also enlighten the subject under research. A very simple yet basic rule of shaping up a good piece of write-up is using as many quotes as possible. However, care should be taken regarding their excessive usage, which may affect the fundamental purpose of assignment writing.

    A dissertation is a serious piece of write-up, and usage of quotes depends entirely upon the subject one has chosen. Inserting quotes where it is not required will land an amateurish touch and the reader will understand in no time that you are trying to fool him by showing up your desperation to present quotes, even when it is actually not necessary.

    Dissertations should be precise, concise, lucid and easy to understand, yet they should carry a serious overtone. Causal style of writing is a big NO and just to support or throw weight behind, what you are putting forward, insertion of quotes become pretty important. Make sure you are using quotes of well known personalities and that the quotes are 100% related to the subject you are dealing with. You can not expect the reader to be well aware about the person who’s ‘saying’ you’re including, therefore always pick quotes of those, who have made a good name for themselves in the field of research. At the same time, quotations should be simple and easy to understand, convey the message in a single attempt and back up your purpose of research study.

    • Madhvi 10:50 am on September 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Very helpful blog. I have been truly convinced with the ideas of writer.

    • Sandara 10:59 am on November 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Well, my mentor has given a strict No for the use of quotations.

    • Angela 8:30 am on December 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      How many quotes can we use?

      • Dr S Loretti 4:28 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        You should not overuse the quotes. They are just used for enhancing your writing.

    • davidbergeviin 11:42 am on February 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My supervisor was impressed with my style of inserting quotation.

  • Dr S Loretti 5:30 am on August 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Ordinary research skills mark a dissertation 

    In the course of your dissertation completion; right from topic selection, your main objective, primary research, compilation to the final conclusion; every step plays a vital role in making your dissertation an exceptional piece of writing.

    If you go ahead with your research study in an ordinary way using irrelevant sources and methodologies, your dissertation will lack the emphasis and the substance it deserves. In order to create an exceptional dissertation, your research skills must be well-polished so that you can exploit all possibilities in formulating the perfect study. Your research tutor will also play a very important role in ensuring that your dissertation does not succumb to ordinary measures.

    Doing research the right way:

    • Pick the right research sources from books, monographs, text books, online studies, journals, internet sources, etc.
    • Make sure to give due credit to your sources and utilize them to your full advantage
    • Use content that is relevant to your subject and adds value to your dissertation. Choosing unique and interesting content will engage your reader
    • Another thing to keep in mind while researching your subject is one-to-one research. Pick connoisseurs from the industry of your subject and speak to them regarding your study. Their interview will help in taking your dissertation a notch higher.
    • Use academic literature, professional literature, formal publications, data sources and subject matter to compile an all-round research
    • The wider and deeper you go into your subject, the better you use your research skills
    • Take help from your tutors in formulating the right research methodology

    In order to prevent your dissertation from being run-of-the-mill, pay careful attention to details and your research skills.

    • Samuel Hawkins 10:50 am on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Before beginning, one must read as many research writing tips as possible to have clarity of what you are required to do.

    • Rebecca 8:21 am on December 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Writing consultants also guide in a better way about how to initiate your research.

    • sophiaw740 12:05 pm on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Dr S Loretti, you have given very useful tips for research students.

    • Jose E. Hall 6:43 am on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Tutors are very useful in preparing research methodology as well as other sections of your research.

  • Dr S Loretti 5:26 am on August 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Is choosing a broad dissertation topic viable? 

    A dissertation is one of the most crucial steps in your graduation or post-graduation programme. In the course of your dissertation, you will come across a number of hurdles and regrets about your topic selection and the scope to work within your topic. One of the most debatable issues in dissertation topic selection is whether you should take a focused selective topic or go ahead with a broad topic that allows you to extend your research.

    Choose a topic that interests you, raises your curiosity and makes you want to find out more. It is wise to start with a broad topic as you can explore greater possibilities and have a larger canvas to work on. However, in the process of your dissertation, you might realise that you can narrow down the broader topic to a more precise one, thus enabling a better conclusion to your study.

    Discuss your topic with your supervisor so that you are alarmed on time if you are on the wrong track. Don’t choose a topic that is so broad that it makes it impossible for you to study. Go for a realistic scope of topic research so that you can do justice to your topic and break the chains of an average dissertation to create something extra-ordinary.

    • Kate 10:59 am on October 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      No, topic should always be narrowed to ease the study.

    • Robert Earls 8:31 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yea, rightly said Kate!

    • sophiaw740 11:42 am on January 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m planning to consult online topic assistants for my paper.

  • Dr S Loretti 9:31 am on June 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Can a dissertation topic determine your future? 

    The topic that you choose for writing a dissertation can certainly impact the course of your career and its growth. You must choose a topic keeping in mind your genuine interests and skill sets. The research that you create at the PhD or master’s level counts as a factor when you are trying for a job, as the recruiter will judge a lot from the research report.

    If you are making your dissertation on the subject that you wish to pursue as a profession, then it will support your candidature, as you already have in depth knowledge about at least some aspect of the domain. You will have already studied practical problems in the field and interacted with people related to that domain. So, answering the questions posed by the interview panel will be comparatively easier.

    Your dissertation topic will not just reflect your interest in the area that you wish to take up as a profession; it will also reflect the accuracy with which you have been able to cover the idea. Let me explain; if you have a topic that is wide in scope and does not point out the core idea of research, then this will be counted as a generalist approach towards any problem. On the other hand, if your topic is drafted in a clear cut manner and the reader can understand the research question from it, then it will be a plus point. Recruiters will assess you as someone with a clear focus and targeted approach towards problem solving. It will also show that you care for precision in all that you do. Hence, the chances for selection increase manifolds.

    Therefore, be very careful when you pick a topic for dissertation. You don’t want to waste a golden opportunity that comes your way.

    • Ankit 5:53 am on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What has a coffee machine got to do with research project? A lot! It’s been down since two days, and it’s hard to keep awake during afternoons and late night. Result, documentation going slow.

    • editingpublishing 5:56 am on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      All the best with your coffee machine. However, if you want to complete your documentation real quick, then you should consider getting help from professional academic writers. They will also guide you with the formatting issues.

      • Rohit 6:24 am on July 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        APA format is the most widely followed style. Is there some reliable way I can learn about the style for applying to my project?

        • editingpublishing 3:30 am on July 15, 2013 Permalink

          The best way to learn about APA (American Psychology Association) style of referencing is by reading the tutorial given on the website and the APA publication manuals that are published by the association. You can also take guidance from editors who are expert in following APA style.

        • Lopamudra 6:38 am on July 17, 2013 Permalink

          I would suggest you to apply APA as much as you can, since practicing is the only good way to learn it effectively. Get the document checked from an editor, who will tell you the mistakes.

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