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Theses and dissertations : a guide to planning, research, and writing /

by Thomas, R. Murray; Brubaker, Dale L.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin Press, c2008Edition: 2nd ed.Description: xi, 339 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781412951159 (cloth); 1412951151 (cloth); 9781412951166 (pbk.); 141295116X (pbk.).Subject(s): Dissertations, Academic -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Report writing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Contents:
The nature of theses and dissertations -- Sources of guidance -- Searching the literature -- Sources and types of research problems -- Building and adapting theories -- Stating the problem and its rationale -- Types of research methods and sources of information -- Data collection techniques and instruments -- Things that go wrong -- Classification patterns -- Summarizing information verbally, numerically, and graphically -- Modes of interpretation -- Writing the final version -- Mounting a persuasive defense -- Reaching a wider audience -- Appendix : Outline of a dissertation proposal.
Summary: This book guides students through the process of planning, researching, and writing the final version of theses and dissertations. Five major stages of the process are illustrated with multiple examples from the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and such allied fields as education, social work, and business administration. The first stage describes problems and alternative solutions in working with faculty advisers and in searching the professional literature. Stage 2 explains how to find good research topics and define them clearly for presentation to faculty advisers. List(s) this item appears in: Learning Hub - Study Skills books | How to write a thesis
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 330-334) and index.

The nature of theses and dissertations -- Sources of guidance -- Searching the literature -- Sources and types of research problems -- Building and adapting theories -- Stating the problem and its rationale -- Types of research methods and sources of information -- Data collection techniques and instruments -- Things that go wrong -- Classification patterns -- Summarizing information verbally, numerically, and graphically -- Modes of interpretation -- Writing the final version -- Mounting a persuasive defense -- Reaching a wider audience -- Appendix : Outline of a dissertation proposal.

This book guides students through the process of planning, researching, and writing the final version of theses and dissertations. Five major stages of the process are illustrated with multiple examples from the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and such allied fields as education, social work, and business administration. The first stage describes problems and alternative solutions in working with faculty advisers and in searching the professional literature. Stage 2 explains how to find good research topics and define them clearly for presentation to faculty advisers.

Text in US English.

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