Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process

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SAGE Publications, 2007 - Education - 317 pages

"The book is an excellent addition to those already available in the area and provides a very practical guide that students can pick up and use for reference throughout their dissertation process."
-ESCalate (a Higher Education Academy Network publication)

Like the previous editions of this bestselling text, Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process, Third Edition offers readers guidance that other dissertation guides often miss, from ways to improve one's writing, to identifying one's learning preferences, to dealing with emotional blocks. Using examples from a wide range of disciplines, the authors give readers expert advice on the entire dissertation process: selecting a suitable topic; conducting a literature review; managing data overload; building an argument; presenting the material, data, and results; and working with faculty committees. The entire text has been updated and fresh examples have been added to it. This edition features an up-to-the-minute discussion of online research and the use of software packages. The authors have expanded their coverage of qualitative work, and added information about the use of mixed methods to the book. These updates and more make the Third Edition of Surviving Your Dissertation a must have resource for graduate students.

Key Features of the Third Edition:
  • Walks readers through the dissertation process as an ideal mentor would.
  • Devotes more attention to qualitative work, and touches upon mixed methods.
  • Discusses online library resources and completing one's dissertation via the Internet.
  • Features new material on the use of graphics.
  • Includes information about informed consent forms.

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Selecting a Suitable Topic
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About the author (2007)

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.nbsp; He recieved his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and postdoctoral training at Indiana University.nbsp; He is author of Your Statistical Consultant: Answers to Your Data Analysis Questions (with Kjell Rudestam) and numerous articles in professional journals.nbsp; His research interests include statistical analysis, particularly structural equation modeling, health services delivery, and family violence.