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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; UK edition (19 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470742704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470742709
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
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At 10000 to 20000 words long, a dissertation is very likely the most intimidating and difficult assignment that students in higher education degrees have to submit. "Writing a Dissertation For Dummies" walks you through all the practical and theoretical aspects of writing a dissertation to help you produce a first-class work. From choosing a topic, to researching the literature, managing your time and structuring and writing your dissertation, you'll be able to avoid all the common mistakes and stay on top of your workload throughout the process. This guide is ideal for any student in the broad range of the social sciences, from anthropology to law, psychology to media studies. It contains essential tips on the best way to reference your work, and expert advice on presentation and binding. It provides key information on perfecting a research method and writing-style, as well as advice on avoiding plagiarism.It gives advice on how to manage your work habits, whilst maintaining a healthy body and mind. The author Carrie Winstanley is Principal Lecturer in Education at Roehampton University, where she works with undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Carrie has been recently named as one of the 50 top university teachers in the UK by the Higher Education Academy and awarded a national teaching fellowship.

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Learn to:

  • Choose a winning topic and finalise your research question
  • Find information on or offline, or collect your own empirical data
  • Whip the final version of your work into shape
  • Approach the whole project with confidence

All you need to research, write and present a brilliant dissertation

As long as you adopt a winning plan of attack, writing a dissertation needn′t take over your life. Focusing on the social sciences, this book breaks down your project into bite–size chunks, leading you step–by–step through the process. From research, structure and building a coherent argument, to polishing your final draft and avoiding common pitfalls, you′ll find everything you need to reach the finishing post with finesse.

  • Prepare for what′s ahead choose your dissertation topic, write a strong proposal, decide on structure and pin down your research question
  • Tackle the ground rules plan your time wisely and practise effective reading and note–taking
  • Present first–class research gather the material you need, analyse your data and clearly display your findings
  • Nail the writing transform your ideas into polished text, with clear arguments, thorough references and a solid conclusion

Open the book and find:

  • Tips on writing either an empirical or non–empirical dissertation
  • How to make the best use of your supervisor
  • The elements of a great interview or questionnaire
  • How to draw meaningful conclusions from your research
  • Reviewing and editing skills to refine your first draft
  • The right way to reference, build a bibliography and avoid plagiarism
  • Perfect printing, binding and presentation techniques
  • What should make your final checklist

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