Information compiled by the team - last updated November 2010 When you write your graduate school dissertation, you are evolving from a student to a scholar. The dissertation is a much larger and independent undertaking than any of your undergraduate or previous graduate work. Like writing a novel, writing a dissertation is a process that has no weekly deadlines or assignments, as well as no professors or classmates with whom to interact on a regular basis.
If we take a look at a subject such as Education, you can also see that there are several different types of degrees available within a subject such as the . , . or ., just to name a few.
9. Make sure your proposal has a comprehensive review of the literature included. Now this idea, at first thought, may not seem to make sense. I have heard many students tell me that "This is only the proposal. I'll do a complete literature search for the dissertation. I don't want to waste the time now." But, this is the time to do it. The rationale behind the literature review consists of an argument with two lines of analysis: 1) this research is needed, and 2) the methodology I have chosen is most appropriate for the question that is being asked. Now, why would you want to wait? Now is the time to get informed and to learn from others who have preceded you! If you wait until you are writing the dissertation it is too late. You've got to do it some time so you might as well get on with it and do it now. Plus, you will probably want to add to the literature review when you're writing the final dissertation. ( Thanks to a website visitor from Mobile, Alabama who helped to clarify this point. )
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