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Read Pt. 1 of Tom Jager's guest post here
Let’s be perseverant and organized because we are about to embark on a journey that will get us our access to the world of scholars. To continue to display these qualities, we need to choose the right topic that will keep us motivated to persevere. That’s why the topic should touch upon things that you are really passionate about. It’s much easier to write about something you care about than a boring topic, right?
Next, ask your professor to advance the topic that you like through analyzing its “do-ability.” Writing experts say that good dissertation topic needs to be sufficiently narrow and address specific problems. "If you select a topic that is too broad, 200 pages might not be enough to cover everything."
Finally, organization. A good outline is critical because it will guide you through the various stages of the project implementation. It usually consists of chapters that describe background of the study, literature review, methodology, results, and discussion. Having a look at how other scholars did it might be useful here because it would provide you with an example of a good work.
How to complete
Here we will discuss some great tips that would make your writing the best. Just follow simple rules and completion will be an enjoyable process.
Tip 1: Your Topic is significant
You need to understand the importance of your topic because it gives people knowledge about something new and unexplored. You may use a sentence like this to describe the significance of your work:
I am researching ____________because I intend to discover how/what/why ________ to expand my readers’ understanding of ______________.
Tip 2: Dissertation aims to address a specific problem or question.
Some students fail their dissertations because they perceive them as descriptive surveys. Approaching the task from this perspective is wrong because you will never advance an argument by addressing the research question. The argument should be interesting and may even challenge existing knowledge about something. You must not therefore forget to include the following in your work:
This dissertation is concerned with the following problem (question): ___________________.This research will close the gap in the current knowledge_____________________________.
Tip 3: Create a dialog, involve other scholars.
In order to prove your viewpoint, you need to research the current knowledge and identify what has been done and what should have been done differently to generate better results. For this, you should use the works by other scholars.
A similar study of X is highly useful for the present research because it discovered that __________.Both X and X were proficient with researching __________ and their works determined the existence of the urgent problem of ___________, which will be addressed in this dissertation.
Overcoming General Challenges
1. Lack of evidence for argument.
Remember that you can always find something to say to your reader and identify a larger conversation surrounding the problem you are researching. Just do your best to determine how your topic might fit into the larger field of knowledge and problematize the topic by asking questions like “why it is not used for this?” or “why this event was not interpreted from another point of view?”
2. Appropriate style.
It is true that style of a dissertation is slightly different from that of an essay. However, it also follows the rules of standard academic writing and your university probably has its own rules about it. Just refer to your instructor and ask for materials regarding writing style.
The Bottom Line
Writing dissertation is a time-consuming and daunting task that needs to be approached seriously. Use these tasks to ensure that your time is well-spent and your dissertation is the best!