John Biggam Masters Dissertation Proposal

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How do I plan a dissertation proposal? How do I clarify my research objectives? How do I conduct a literature review? What is essential to focus on while writing my Master's dissertation? This practical book offers straightforward guidance to help Master's students to clarify their objectives and structure their work in order to produce a successful dissertation.

Using case examples of both good and bad student practice, the handbook takes students through each step of the dissertation process, from their initial research proposal to the final submission. The author uses clear illustrations of what students need to do - or not do - to reach their potential, helping them to avoid the most common pitfalls.

This essential handbook covers: Producing focused and relevant research objectives Writing your literature review Citing your sources correctly Clearly explaining your use of research methods Writing up your findings Summarizing your work by linking your conclusions to your initial proposal Understanding marking schemes Aimed primarily at Master's students or students on short postgraduate courses in business, humanities and the social sciences, this book is also key reading for supervisors and undergraduates considering postgraduate study.

Know the key databases and journals in your field. To get help identifying these, contact your subject librarian.

See the Spaces section of this guide for information about the various kinds of spaces available in Bobst, including carrels, grad-student-only areas, and group rooms.

Choose a tool such as RefWorks, EndNote, or Zotero to manage and organize your citations.

Find projects on topics close to your own by using Dissertation Abstracts and Doctoral Dissertations in Progress.

Consider joining a writing group or finding a writing buddy. See the box to the left for more information on this.

Be aware of the resources beyond NYU Libraries that are available to you.

When you've written a chapter or more, look for a venue where you can present it and get feedback. Regional affiliates of national scholarly organizations (such as the Modern Language Association) and graduate student conferences can be good places to start.

Don't forget to use your school's submission checklist before submitting your dissertation or thesis!

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