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  • lucas446 8:39 am on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    How can I formulate my research objective? 

    Hey everyone. I am pursuing my PhD and stuck in the very beginning. I am finding it quite challenging to write research objectives. I very well know about what I am going to research and what are the problems of my research but the real struggle comes with the writing. How should I write various objectives of my research?

     
    • danny54460 1:43 am on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You are quite right in the context of research objectives. It is sometimes difficult to write what you already know. I suggest you to provide accurate description of the specific actions you will take in order to reach this aim.

    • kelly2368 7:46 am on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You remind me of my own PhD days. From my experience I can tell you that it is not as difficult to formulate research objective as it looks. You can start with making a draft of your research objectives and then formulate sentences for each one of them.

    • addison2017 9:24 am on December 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Use action verbs such as to identify, establish, describe, assess, determine, estimate, develop, compare, analyse, collect.

    • Alisa Louis 9:28 am on December 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The objectives should cover different aspects of the problem and its contributing factors in a coherent way.

    • Molly 9:31 am on December 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You can always consult your supervisors. Do not hesitate because writing the research objective is an important part of your thesis and should be well written.

  • danny54460 5:22 am on December 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Is it pre viva anxiety? 

    Hi. I have read few articles online on pre-viva anxiety & now I think I’m suffering from the same. Actually, my doctoral viva is scheduled after 3 months, so basically got a less time to prepare. And reading all those, I were nodding in positive. Can you guys just tell me how to deal with such state of mind? Any tips for preparation is appreciated. Thanks.

     
    • terry 11:55 am on December 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Let me tell you what my examiner said to me during viva on the very first moment. He told me that he wants me to pass the viva so I should not get nervous or restless. He even warned me to not to change his mind. Did you get what he and I mean?

      • Peter 12:00 pm on December 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Opt for the experienced examiners once provided choice. Experienced ones would make less tough for you to answer because they are already aware of your expertise. On the contrary, inexperienced examiners would ask each and everything which might give you a hard time.

    • danny54460 1:58 am on December 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      @Terry Of course, I understand what you mean. Anyway, had you passed your viva then?

    • Roger 11:51 am on December 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I had the same anxiety but mine wasn’t due to reading or something. Past viva experiences was the reason. I would suggest be positive and surround you with positivity. Keep yourself motivated, confident of your thesis; challenge your examiner since you are the expert of your paper. You can answer any question raised related to your thesis.

  • sherry599 2:11 am on December 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Not enough study material available for literature review 

    Pals, please advise me readings or any fruitful suggestion for literature review. I’m not finding enough criticism and material available to review and then compare and contrast with my own. What should I do now? I’m tired of going round and round in the libraries and bookstores. And I don’t find study material on internet reliable. I’m a PhD student of English literature and need to work on the renaissance era. Badly need help.

     
    • Robin 12:31 pm on December 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s not true. You can find scholarly articles and journals on J.Stor and Academia.edu. They only contain trusted and high level of research papers. And there are number of academic essays, books, and literary criticism available on renaissance. It’s just that you must ‘research’ to get the right information. Narrow your topic down but must look for related genre and theories.

    • Dr S Loretti 12:33 pm on December 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Resist under-researched work please lest you should be ready to face rejection. Consult supervisor and professors of the concerned field and don’t be afraid to run after books, and journals. It is a PhD and this is why it is called ‘difficult’. Search for old journals, they contain vast information.

    • sherry599 12:37 pm on December 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to both for advice. 🙂

  • ra974 2:36 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Why keywords for journal paper? 

    When I took my medical research paper to a journal in order to get it published, they asked me to include keywords which would make it accessible all over. But what sort of keywords? How and where will I get them? Please suggest me guys.

     
    • Rayen 12:41 pm on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Many journals ask for keywords, especially e-journals. Keywords should be directly linked to the ideas and concept of your paper. It would help the users to refine search and find your article in that journal easily.

    • Sirrah 12:46 pm on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Keywords are used for indexing purpose. Since, it’s your medical paper; you can take ideas from Medical Sub Headings (MeSH). It is sort of dictionary of medical terms controlled by U.S. National Library of Medicine.

  • 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.

  • Roger 6:16 am on December 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    APA referencing for pamphlets 

    Anyone please tell me if pamphlets are referenced in the same way as a book is done? I googled it but so many example made me sick. All look same. Tell me if there is any difference is referencing of book and pamphlet in APA?

     
    • rommie 5:19 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      No. there is no difference between the reference styles of both.
      I have asked the same question to my supervisor. She says book, brochure, and pamphlet can be referenced in same style because any pamphlet barely consist some useful information for PhD. I would say use the formatting style of book as it is while doing it for pamphlet.

    • stephen 5:21 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Mention in the brackets whether it is a pamphlet or brochure just after its title. And do not give spaces with brackets in APA.

    • Brad Grey 5:22 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I did that with a brochure, I think, pamphlets can follow same format. I will show it to my supervisor next week. Check this link it might help you http://valenciacollege.edu/library/mla-apa-chicago-guides/documents/pamphletbrochurebulletinapa6.pdf

    • lizzie 5:24 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      HELP!! Forget about pamphlet’s format. First tell me how can I reference a You tube comment. I know it sounds dumb to do that. But I just found a conference video over there and some random person made a very logical comment about the issue discussed over there. Tell me how can I? Anyone?

    • rachael 5:25 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      @brad grey You have to reference a You tube comment too? Anyhow, follow this link http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2016/09/how-to-cite-a-youtube-comment.html It will clear all your doubts. It is similar that we do blog comments.

    • manette 5:26 am on December 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have seen a lot of people in doubt as you are. It’s not your fault well internet has got a lot of mess over. However, you can format your pamphlet in the following format.
      If it is in print
      Company Name (or Author’s). Year. Title of resource (pamphlet or brochure). Publisher city or State abbreviation. Country: publisher name
      If it is in digital form
      Company name. year.title of resource(pamphlet or brochure). Retrieved from http://xyz.abc

  • alexoliphaant 7:25 am on September 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Bad PhD Supervision. Need Help!! 

    I am in the 2nd year of PhD in Chemistry (full time). The reason I am writing this is because I am really disheartened and on verge of giving up. I don’t even know from where to begin, it’s a cluster f*** of problems. I moved into Ohio from Florida to pursue PhD chemistry from Ohio State University, and needless to say, I have no friends here.

    But the root of my depression is my supervision. I have two sups and my first sup is retired but the university has allowed his supervision. The only problem is that he is not concerned with what I do (big news) and is mostly not available. I am walking blind here as when I complete my work and send him the draft, he takes weeks to respond and even then give me vague responses. The second sup says that she can guide me to an extent but as my first sup is the expert in my field and fully aware of my research, she can’t support me through it all. I understand that a research takes time and you can’t complete it in a go, but what am I supposed to do when I have no support? How can I finish in time? To top it all, the chemistry lab assistant is an old bloke with a cranky personality who just yells at me at every move I make wrong. I am trying really very hard but I am unable to find a way to get out of this situation. I am so worried all the time that I have lost my appetite, I hardly sleep or talk to my parents, and to top it all I have no friends here to share my concerns with.

     
  • louise0924 6:48 am on September 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Failed Synopsis!! 

    I wrote my synopsis for PhD of 5 thousand words, which unfortunately got rejected. The major concern is that my synopsis is not focused and unappealing enough to make through. The topic is also not ‘structured’ (whatever that means). I’ll get one more chance to make it right, so it is very critical for me. I just want to know that how should I proceed with this. Thanks.

     
  • adamflindeers 10:39 am on August 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    How to enhance your editing traits? 

    I am on the writing phase of my thesis, where I am just done with the literature review chapter. As per my university rules (Northwestern University), I have to send my chapters for review as and when I am done with it. The thing is that my first chapter was way below the bar set by my supervisor and therefore, it came back with a lot of editing and remarks. But well I got through the corrections, while I was working on chapter 2. But now, I don’t want to make the same mistake and send it without editing. So, I am on second page and I haven’t got a single thing to change, except some typo and grammar errors. And I also know that that’s not it. There has to be something which I am missing as no way can I be so neat.

    This is why I am writing, searching for ways to increase my editing skills. I would like to know about the ways you can go about editing and what should you be looking for while doing so. Thanks for any inputs to that.

     
    • brunoperryblog 4:36 am on September 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      For academic writing, the proper flow between the sentences and paragraphs the most important thing. So you should focus on the transition and structure of your chapter. And to increase your editing skills, maybe you can use a tool. Stylewriter and grammarly are two such tools which can help you out.

    • tedg8 6:41 am on September 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think you can teach someone to edit, moreover edit a thesis chapter. My only suggestion is to know how you want your writing to look and what you want to do for that. So prepare a structure and then check your chapter, does it look okay? Then you move forward to changing it.

    • jackthomas01 6:45 am on September 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have no idea how people can edit their own papers. For me, it’s impossible because I wouldn’t wanna change what I wrote. So the best method I find is to give your paper or thesis to your girlfriend/boyfriend and take them out to movies. Simple as that.

    • robertmaxeey 11:53 am on September 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Take some time out in-between the writing and editing. Don’t just finish writing and get on with editing immediately, that ways you won’t find anything wrong. Take your time, do something else in between, and only start editing when your mind is fresh enough.

  • davidm34 11:46 am on August 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    MANCOVA statistics: Query 

    I am trying to conduct repeated measures MANCOVA in SPSS software, where I need to measure my dependent variable at 4 periods of time (years). Also, the dependent variable at each year is related with 2 independent variables. To be honest, it is a very complicated for me, I am unable to understand the concept of MANCOVA and running it on SPSS is the icing at the top. Any help regarding this would be really appreciated.

     
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