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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ACADEMIC RESEARCH: AN OVERVIEW
CONDUCTING ACADEMIC RESEARCH: COMMON CONCERNS
The similarities and differences between a thesis and a dissertation
THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A THESIS AND A DISSERTATION
DEVELOPING INDEPENDENCE AS A RESEARCHER AND FINDING YOUR VOICE
MEETING THE CHALLENGES OFACADEMIC RESEARCH
Intellectual challenges
Emotional challenges
Motivational challenges
Becoming a member of anacademiccommunity
BECOMING A MEMBER OF ANACADEMIC COMMUNITY
Research seminars and conferences
Local chapters and special interest groups
Networking in person and on the internet
Creating a support group
CHOOSING AND WORKING WITHYOUR SUPERVISOR
The supervisor’s role
Factors affecting your choice of supervisor
Joint supervisions
What can go wrong in the supervisor–supervisee relationship
THE UPGRADING PROCESS
PREPARING YOUR RESEARCH
FAMILIARITY WITH YOUR UNIVERSITY’S RULES AND REGULATIONS
ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
IDENTIFYING A GAP IN THE LITERATURE
DECIDING ON A RESEARCH TOPIC
GENERATING RESEARCH QUESTIONS AND RESEARCH HYPOTHESES
DECIDING ON THE RESEARCH APPROACH
Philosophical inquiry
Quantitative approaches
Qualitative approaches
Mixed-methods approaches
Disciplinary and subject variations
PREPARING TO WRITE
READING AND PLANNING BEFORE YOU WRITE
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Information literacy
Types of source materials
Electronic sources of information
Oral sources of information
IDENTIFYING AND SELECTING APPROPRIATE INFORMATION
Know what you are looking for
Search for titles of books or articles
Perform an internet search of relevant theories or concepts
Perform a name search of relevant scholars
Read abstracts
Read synopses of books
Look through tables of contents
Check indexes
Scan books or articles for key terms
Read bibliographies
Scan library shelves
Read book reviews
Ask a librarian!
A final note
NOTE-MAKING
Directing your note-making
Making your notes understandable
Recording your sources
Clarity
Level of formality
Avoiding clichés
Keeping your writing gender-neutral
Supporting your statements
Avoiding plagiarism
Referencing and quotations
Acknowledging alternative perspectives
Introductions
Summarising and concluding individual chapters
Summaries
Conclusions
THE MECHANICS OF ACADEMIC WRITING
Capitalisation and punctuation
Headings
Figures
Footnotes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Table of contents
Acronyms and abbreviations
Appendices
Keywords
THE INTRODUCTION
The background of the issue
Creating a sense of interest
Presenting key terminology
Statement of the problem
Purposes of the study
Significance of the study
Theoretical perspective
The audience for the study
Delimitations
THE LITERATURE REVIEW
The purposes of a literature review
Reading critically
Options for writing the literature review
How to review published papers and books
Organising the literature review
Synthesising and summarising major sections
Presenting the gap in the literature
Stating the major purposes of the study
Stating research questions
Stating research hypotheses
METHODOLOGY
Research participants
Instrumentation
Procedures
Analytical approach
THE RESULTS
Organising the results
Using tables and graphs to present results
THE DISCUSSION
Relate your results to previous research
The theoretical consequences of your results
The practical consequences of your results
New contributions of your study
THE CONCLUSION
Summarising your findings
Limitations of the study
Suggestions for future research
Final conclusions
THE FINAL STRAIGHT
SUBMITTING YOUR DISSERTATION/THESIS
SELECTING YOUR EXAMINERS
Getting your dissertation/thesis bound
GETTING YOUR DISSERTATION/THESIS BOUND
THE VIVA (ORAL EXAMINATION)
What is a viva and what is its purpose?
Preparing for your viva
What to expect in the viva
Strategies for success
The outcome
THE OUTCOME
PUBLISHING AND PRESENTING YOUR RESEARCH
Publishing in journals
Publishing a book
Sample table of contents (1)
Sample list of figures (1)
Sample table of contents (2)
Sample list of figures (2)
SELECTED ANSWERS TO ACTIVITIES
REFERENCES
INDEX
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