Dissertations are an integral part of the academic curriculum, as it is a comprehensive way to evaluate the students’ understanding and knowledge. Students are expected to undertake a research, analyze the findings support it by relevant theories and concepts and conclude it by making appropriate recommendations. In order to produce a good dissertation, students need to do extensive reading throughout the semester. Following tips will guide you on what should be included in your reading list before you start writing your dissertation.
Visit Library for Classic Books
There are classic books in every field of study, which have existed for decades in the library and are considered as the bible of the subject. Every student should read these books and develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts. Take input from your professor or refer your syllabus for the recommendations of such books.
Read the Journal and Recent Research Publication
After you have developed a fair understanding of the concept, you need to know what are the current topics in which research is happening. Follow the leading journals for such articles and books being published to up-to-date your knowledge. These articles will help you choose an appropriate research topic and relate your article with the current developments in your field.
Refer Books and Text on Research Methodology
A quick glance through the books on research methods and methodologies will guide on the various methods of research, data collection, data filtration and analysis, how to make questionnaire and carry out statistical calculations.
Refer Other Primary Literature Sources
Apart from these books refer social theory which are relevant to your dissertation topic and other online sources of literature like e books, e-journals as well as you can join the community to get more information on the recent trends in your field.
7 thoughts on “Must Reads for Writing a Dissertation”
Available secondary sources always help in identifying variables and then choose the studies that can help you state the points you wish to convey. apart from this, is the usage of appropriate tools and tests for the research.
Many open access journals are available online that can guide in writing dissertation. Apart from that high impact factor journals are always a good source to refer.
Government reports on a particular thing are always of help. They provide the actual figures and hence give a concrete base.
Thanks for this great post. I often get stuck with what to read and what not to, this post has provided me a direction.
i think literary criticism concerning the field of dissertation is equally important. It will surely support your argument in the dissertation.
i think literary criticism is equally important to read concerned dissertation as it helps in supporting your arguments.
Reading contemporary literature helped me a good deal. It makes compare and contrast the studies with the different ages easy.