ERIC Number: ED500420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-5
Reference Count: 0
Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process. Third Edition
Rudestam, Kjell Erik; Newton, Rae R.
SAGE Publications (CA)
Like the previous editions of this bestselling text, "Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process, Third Edition" offers readers guidance that other dissertation guides often miss, from ways to improve one's writing, to identifying one's learning preferences, to dealing with emotional blocks. Using examples from a wide range of disciplines, the authors give readers expert advice on the entire dissertation process: selecting a suitable topic; conducting a literature review; managing data overload; building an argument; presenting the material, data, and results; and working with faculty committees. The entire text has been updated and fresh examples have been added to it. This edition features an up-to-the-minute discussion of online research and the use of software packages. The authors have expanded their coverage of qualitative work, and added information about the use of mixed methods to the book. These updates and more make the "Third Edition" of "Surviving Your Dissertation" a must have resource for graduate students. This edition: (1) walks readers through the dissertation process as an ideal mentor would; (2) devotes more attention to qualitative work, and touches upon mixed methods; (3) discusses online library resources and completing one's dissertation via the Internet; (4) features new material on the use of graphics; and (5) includes information about informed consent forms. The book divides into three parts and 13 chapters. Part I, Getting Started, contains: (1) The Research Process; (2) Selecting a Suitable Topic; and (3) Methods of Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. Part II, Working with Content: The Dissertation Chapters, contains: (4) Review of the Literature and Statement of the Problem; (5) The Method Chapter: Describing Your Research Plan; (6) Presenting the Results of Quantitative Studies; (7) Presenting the Results of Qualitative Studies; and (8) Discussion. Part III, Working with Process: What You Need to Know to Make the Dissertation Easier, contains: (9) Overcoming Barriers: Becoming an Expert While Controlling Your Own Destiny; (10) Writing; (11) How to Complete Your Dissertation Using Online Data Access and Collection; (12) Guidelines for the Presentation of Numbers in the Dissertation; and (13) Informed Consent and Other Ethical Concerns.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Research Methodology, Doctoral Dissertations, Guides, Academic Discourse, Writing Strategies, Writing (Composition), Scholarship, Internet, Computer Software, Qualitative Research, Visual Aids, Ethics
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