Doing Your Social Science Dissertation

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SAGE Publications, Jun 4, 2009 - Study Aids - 270 pages
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Dissertations can be the most rewarding, and for some the most stressful, part of any undergraduate degree course, providing the opportunity for students to pursue a chosen subject in some depth, developing their expertise. The dissertation offers many challenges to those seeking to do it well and this guide is the perfect book for those seeking to succeed with their dissertation. 

 

Judith Burnett helps students to rise to this challenge, making the most of the opportunities which a dissertation offers and overcoming the obstacles to successful completion. This book takes students through the process of doing a dissertation from turning the raw ideas into a research question, designing the research project, choosing appropriate methods, developing a research proposal, planning and executing the project, working with data, writing up, and preparing the work for presentation.

 

Doing A Dissertation in the Social Sciences is an invaluable guide to avoiding the pitfalls and making the most of the opportunities offered by the dissertation. It ought to be compulsory reading for undergraduate students in any social science discipline.

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university.

 

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Contents

Why Do a Dissertation in the Social Sciences?
1
1 Ready to Research?
13
What You Need to Do forYour Dissertation
36
3 Defining the Research Question
50
4 What Kind of Researcher AreYou?
61
5 Writing the Research Proposal
78
6 Finding Resources and Doing the Literature Review
93
Projects and Their Needs
111
11 What Do I Do with All the Data?
184
12 Drawing Conclusions and Writing Up
200
13 Troubleshooting
226
Appendix 1
229
Appendix 2
236
Appendix 3
238
Glossary
240
Bibliography
248

Quantitative Methods
128
Qualitative Methods
154
10 Carrying Out the Research
171

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