Skip to Content
Manchester Metropolitan University Library
Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process

Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process

Rudestam, Kjell Erik; Newton, Rae R

Perfect for graduate students as well as behavioural and social scientists who supervise and conduct research! In the fully updated Fourth Edition of their best-selling guide, Surviving Your Dissertation, Rudestam and Newton answer questions concerning every stage of the dissertation process, including: selecting a suitable topic conducting a literature review developing a research question understanding the role of theory selecting an appropriate methodology and research design analysing data interpreting and presenting results. In addition, this must-have guide covers topics that other dissertation guides often miss, such as the many types of quantitative and qualitative research models available, the principles of good scholarly writing, how to work with committees, how to meet IRB and ethical standards, and how to overcome task and emotional blocks. With plenty of current examples, the new edition features an expanded discussion of online research, data collection and analysis, and the use of data archives, as well as expanded coverage of qualitative methods and added information on mixed methods

Paperback, Book. English.
Fourth edition.
All formats and editions (2)
Published Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publication, [2015]

Available at All Saints.

You can't reserve this item for one of the following reasons:

  • It is available on the shelf at your home library.
  • It is a reference-only item.
  • You have an issue with your library account.

  • Please contact for help.

  • All Saints – Nine available in 808.02/RUD

    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    18677312 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Available
    18677290 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Available
    18677304 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Available
    18741584 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Available
    18741592 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Available
    1875807X 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Available
    18677347 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Available
    18758169 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Available
    18741614 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Available
    18677320 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Overdue (was due back 18th December 2018)
    18758061 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Overdue (was due back 17th September)
    18741576 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Due back 3rd October
    18741606 808.02/RUD Two Week Lending Due back 3rd October


Statement of responsibility: Kjell Erik Rudestam, Fielding Graduate University, Rae R. Newton, Fielding Graduate University
ISBN: 1452260974, 9781452260976
Note: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: xi, 362 pages ; 23 cm.
Subject: Research United States.; Dissertations, Academic United States.; Report writing.


  1. The Research Process
  2. Selecting a Suitable Topic
  3. Methods of Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
  4. Literature Review 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 Research
  8. Discussion
  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
  13. Informed Consent and Other Ethical Concerns


“This text provides a broad coverage, focused approach for dissertation, balanced approach between quantitative and qualitative designs, and excellent examples.”


“I wish this text was available when I was working on my dissertation as it would have demystified the process greatly!”


“The title is wonderful and attention getting. It’s practical and consistent with the title in terms of compliance with requirements while seeking the path of least resistance toward completion of a quality product.”


“[S]traightforward, well-written, concise and not too cumbersome….gets to the root of what students need to know. I like the detailed explanations and examples for writing each section of the dissertation.…The text explains and gives examples of how to write the methodology and the results. I also think the student suggestions are very helpful.”


“The text is well organized.…It includes chapters on the presentation of both quantitative and qualitative results which are particularly welcome in PhD programs that value paradigmatic diversity and do not expect students to conform to the assumptions of a single paradigm such as positivism.”