Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process

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The dissertation can often seem like an overwhelming and insurmountable obstacle to obtaining that advanced degree--unless you have a handy, comprehensive guide to help you survive the process. Surviving Your Dissertation offers students the perfect guide for preparing the best dissertation. Using examples from a wide range of disciplines, Kjell Erik Rudestam and Rae R. Newton provide readers with expert advice on the entire dissertation process: selecting a suitable topic, conducting a review of the literature, building an argument, presenting the material, presenting data and results and managing data overload, methods for developing appropriate writing skills, ways to construct tables and figures, working with faculty committees,

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The Research Process
Selecting a Suitable Topic

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Kjell Erik Rudestam", Ph.D., is an Associate Dean at The Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California. He was previously Professor of Psychology at York University, Toronto. He received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. He is author of Methods of Self-Change, Experiential Groups in Theory and Practice, Treating the Multi-Problem Family (with Mark Frankel), and "Your Statistical Consultant" and "Surviving Your Dissertation, Second Edition" (both with Rae Newton), as well as numerous articles in professional journals. His research interests are suicide, psychotherapy, and family and organizational systems. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology (Clinical).

Rae R. Newton is a Professor of Sociology at California State University-Fullerton and a Senior Statistician at the Child and Adolescent Health Services Research Center in San Diego, California.  He recieved his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and postdoctoral training at Indiana University.  He is author of Your Statistical Consultant: Answers to Your Data Analysis Questions (with Kjell Rudestam) and numerous articles in professional journals.  His research interests include statistical analysis, particularly structural equation modeling, health services delivery, and family violence.

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