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Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process

Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process

Rudestam, Kjell Erik. author; Newton, Rae R

`This gem of a book is truly a life saver to any doctoral student navigating the rough waters of the dissertation process. Drs Kjell Rudestam and Rae Newton take a usually convoluted process and map out a clear path that is easy to follow from start to finish. This book was my bible going through my dissertation. The authors' clarity of writing and comprehensive thought allowed me to easily take the principles off the pages and put them into practice. I highly recommend it!' - Dennis S Reina, PhD , Co-author of Trust & Betrayal in the Workplace `An important resource guide for advising graduate students who may have feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and dread. This book is also a must for doctoral advisors who have long wished for a compendium of down-to-earth wisdom about the dissertation process that could help graduate students get the most out of their doctoral experience' - David G. Behrs, Marymount University `The authors write from the position of the ideal mentor, presenting the issues doctoral students would like their chairpersons to discuss with them, yet rarely have done. Additionally, the student perspective is integrated into the text through numerous examples from a wide range of disciplines. Although there are several related handbooks on the market, few combine the complexities of dealing simultaneously with content and process. Surviving Your Dissertation provides a readable, comprehensive guide to maximize success for doctoral students' - Marilyn M Irwin, Indiana University, from The Library Quarterly `This revised edition (2001) is easy to read and contains useful advice and practical tips for potential masters or PhD students and those already embarked on this journey' - Janette C Allotey, Nurse Researcher In the new Second Edition of this bestselling text, the authors: expand their coverage of qualitative methods with updates on qualitative methods computer packages, action research and mixed methods; include the latest information on the use of statistics packages such as SPSS, SAS and SYSTAT; provide new writing tips, including the latest research on cognitive techniques for over-coming writer's block; suggest new strategies for organizing a dissertation, including the use of various writing packages; and expand on their coverage on using computers to do research literature reviews

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
2nd edition
Published Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, [2001]

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Details

Statement of responsibility: Kjell Erik Rudestam, Rae R. Newton
ISBN: 0585386439, 0761919619, 9780585386430, 9780761919612
Note: Description based on print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-285) and indexes.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 298 pages) : charts
Subject: Research United States.; Dissertations, Academic.; LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing; Report writing.; REFERENCE / Writing Skills; United States.; LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric; Research.; Dissertations, Academic United States.
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Contents

  1. The Research Process
  2. The Research Wheel
  3. Selecting a Suitable Topic
  4. Some Guidelines for Topic Selection
  5. From Interesting Idea to Research Question
  6. Generating Researchable Questions
  7. Methods of Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
  8. Quantitative Methods
  9. Qualitative Methods
  10. Other Possible Approaches to Dissertations
  11. Working With Content: The Dissertation Chapters
  12. Review of the Literature and Statement of the Problem
  13. Review of the Literature
  14. Long Shots and Close-Ups
  15. Statement of the Problem
  16. The Method Chapter: Describing Your Research Plan
  17. The Method Chapter in a Quantitative Dissertation
  18. How to Begin a Method Chapter
  19. Describing Your Sample
  20. Instrumentation: Describing Your Research Tools
  21. Procedures: Describing How You Did (or Will Do) It
  22. Data Analysis: How to Justify and Describe an Analysis
  23. Should You Discuss the Limitations of Your Research?
  24. The Method Chapter in a Qualitative Dissertation
  25. Presenting the Results of Empirical Studies
  26. Where to Begin?
  27. Addressing Research Questions and Hypotheses
  28. The Nuts and Bolts of Describing Quantitative Results
  29. Presenting Tables and Graphs
  30. Preparing the Data for Analysis
  31. Some Guidelines for Creating Correctly Constructed and Labeled Tables
  32. Constructing One-Variable (Univariate) Tables and Statements That Describe Them From Computer Printouts
  33. How to Construct and Interpret Two-Variable (Bivariate) Tables
  34. How to Interpret and Present the Results of Analysis of Variance (ANOVA).

Reviews

"The authors write from the position of the ideal mentor, presenting the issues doctoral students would like their chairpersons to discuss with them, yet rarely have done. Additionally, the student perspective is integrated into the text through numerous examples from a wide range of disciplines." 

The Library Quarterly||

"This book was my bible going through my dissertation. The authors' clarity of writing and comprehensive thought allowed me to easily take the principles off the pages and put them into practice. I highly recommend it!" 

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"A must for anyone considering graduate school. While the entire book is extremely helpful, the author's frequent use of charts, tables, lists and questions is an especially effective method to organize and summarize information. This book is also a worthwhile resource for those crafting and writing a thesis or dissertation... a practical and well-designed work that I highly recommend."


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