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Dissertation Tips: How to Write a Proper Introduction

How to write an introduction

By David Henderson, APA Dissertation Editor When writing a dissertation, thesis, or some other academic text, the introduction is, of course, the first thing a reader will lay eyes on, besides the title and abstract. Not only does it provide an overview of the rest of the work, but it sets the tone and creates …

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Accept, Reject, or Delete

by P.S. Rosenbaum, Ph.D. Dismay is not an uncommon response of a student-scholar on first encountering an academic editor’s markups on a thesis or dissertation. Some edited manuscripts have literally hundreds of so-called “redlines” (i.e., deletions and additions), not to mention dozens of Comments ranging from simple reminders to detailed recommendations for major structural change. Some …

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From Dissertation to Peer-Reviewed Article

PS Rosenbaum

by PS Rosenbaum The act of shaping a journal article from a successful doctoral dissertation will benefit from prior thought at several different levels: (a) selecting a journal, (b) understanding the requisite structure of the article, (c) anticipating the peer-review, and (d) achieving scholarly credibility in all aspects of form. This short paper has something …

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Why Should I Hire a Consultant to Help with My Dissertation Proposal?

(Isn’t that what my dissertation chair and committee are for?) by Richard Pollard, Ph.D. I’ve worked with a lot of doctoral students over the years and, until recently, I didn’t know anyone who had hired a dissertation consultant. But, in retrospect, many of the candidates who never finished their doctorates, or who took way too …

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How to Write a Paper in APA Format: Avoiding the Most Common Errors

by David Henderson The American Psychological Association (APA) style guide, which is the standard formatting and citation system for the social sciences (not just psychology), can seem as long, intricate, and daunting as the U.S. tax code. Indeed, it takes some time and effort to master it (which is why hiring an editor for assistance is …

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Why Should You Do a Mixed Methods Research Project?

by Rick Oaks I teach a variety of research courses to my doctoral students: a qualitative course that emphasizes interviewing, a statistics course that emphasizes SPSS, and a mixed methods course that emphasizes how to complete your dissertation before you are ready to retire. For some time now I have been advising my students to …

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How Long Does It Take To Write A Dissertation?

by Rick Oaks Many doctoral students are surprised at how long it takes to write a dissertation. There is a good reason for this: most doctoral programs tell their incoming students that they can write a dissertation in a year. In my experience, this is not true. I have been working with graduate students for …

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Sample Interview – Qualitative Dissertations

by Rick Oaks Dissertation Editing Services Qualitative Research Consultant DissertationAdvisors.com DissertationWriting.com   WHAT IS THIS? This is a homework assignment that I often use with my own doctoral students who are starting a qualitative dissertation. I want them to think about where they hope they will arrive, a year or so from now, when their …

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Building a Strong Foundation for Exceptional Decision Making

by Wes Russell, PhD Thesis and Dissertation Consulting Services Qualitative Research Methods In this article you will learn: What three key skill sets every executive or manager must master. The four disciplines that make up the decision-making family. And, how to focus your efforts on those disciplines that offer the greatest return on investment. I …

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APA Style Research Report Sections

Sarah Jaymes

APA Writing Consultant APA Dissertation Editor When I taught college composition courses, I asked my students to use APA style report divisions (i.e., Literature Review, Method, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions sections) to organize their research reports. Few students in the composition courses were majoring in the social or behavioral sciences or were entering careers in …

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From Dissertation To Peer-Reviewed Publication

PS Rosenbaum

By PS Rosenbaum, PhD Dissertation Writing Consultant – Dissertation Editor The act of shaping a journal article from a successful doctoral dissertation will benefit from prior thought at several different levels: (a) selecting a journal, (b) understanding the requisite structure of the article, (c) anticipating the peer-review, and (d) achieving scholarly credibility in all aspects of …

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Ambiguous Pronouns

PS Rosenbaum

by PS Rosenbaum Dissertation and Thesis Writing Consultant Editing-Writing.com Judging from the sometimes quite nasty comments from advisors that I have read concerning students’ misuse of pronouns, I have concluded that the misuse of even a single pronoun in a scholarly paper can lower a professor’s estimation of the writer’s intellect or respect for scholarship. …

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Microsoft WORD’s “Comment” feature: ACCEPT, REJECT, OR DELETE

PS Rosenbaum

by PS Rosenbaum Dissertation and Thesis Writing Consultant Editing-Writing.com Dismay is not an uncommon response of a student-scholar on first encountering an academic editor’s markups on a thesis or dissertation. Some edited manuscripts have literally hundreds of so-called “redlines” (i.e., deletions and additions), not to mention dozens of Comments ranging from simple reminders to detailed …

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Measurement Scales

By Victoria Briones, Ph.D. The first step in designing any quantitative study is to identify the independent (i.e., cause or predictor) and dependent (i.e., effect or criterion) variables. The second step is to define the variables concretely (guided by prior research). Variables can be defined using one of four measurement scales: nominal (i.e., numbers signify …

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Starting, Surviving, and Completing Your Dissertation: Moving Beyond the ABD Status

By Bryan Hamilton, M.A. Dissertation Statistics Services DissertationAdvisors.com – HelpWithStatistics.com Have you ever found yourself spending a day doing everything else you can think of except working on your dissertation? Many, if not most, graduate students have a difficult time getting started, persevering, and finishing the dissertation process. You are not alone. There are many …

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When You Can’t Afford an Editor for Your Academic Writing

By Shannon Wilkins Writers reach out to editors when they realize that their eye for errors has limitations. When writers have been working on a document for days, weeks, or even a year or more, they can become so close to the words that they don’t see the flaws that can be so glaring to a …

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In It to Win It

Rita A. Jonathan, Ph.D. DissertationAdvisors.com | DissertationWriting.com   One of the perks of a past administrative position I held was a recurring opportunity to meet with learners who were just beginning the dissertation process. The doctoral candidates I addressed were about to discover first-hand that writing a dissertation requires a sustained and solitary effort, unlike …

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Data Collection Methodologies for Health Research Projects

by Vicki Lawrence     Data: Do You Need to Collect It? There is a wealth of data available, much of which has been collected through large surveys and medical studies, but has yet to be analyzed. Before deciding that you must collect your own data, consider: Is the information you want already available in other …

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Writing Research Reports: The Elements of Health and Medical Research Report Writing

by Vicki Lawrence Research in the medical and public health fields is ongoing, including the study and reporting of new findings, confirmation of previously reported findings, and the development of ways to build knowledge for the field in general on specific health-related outcomes. Many people find the research process to be exciting and innovative, but who …

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The Dissertation or Thesis Advisor: Roadblock, Tollbooth, or Overpass?

I’ve heard from many dissertation and thesis writers about what they perceive as obstreperous or controlling advisors, what we could think of colorfully as roadblocks or tollbooths that either block access to success or require tremendous payments in anxiety in order to finish a degree.  Rarely do I hear about thesis or dissertations advisors who …

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Preparing for Your Oral Defense

Tom Green, Phd. Dr. Green helps graduate students with multivariate statistics, behavioral sciences, data processing, marketing research, forensic psychology, research design, SPSS, survey research, medical research, web-based surveys, quantitative methods, focus groups, interviewing techniques, qualitative methods, correlational analysis, research methodologist, ANOVA, MANOVA, logistic regression, multiple regression, discriminant function analysis, factor analysis, method’s chapter editing, and …

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Dissertation Writing in Criminal Justice and Criminology

by Dr. Gary Michaels Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Sociology Editing-Writing.com DissertationWriting.com DissertationAdvisors.com About halfway through the writing stage of my dissertation, I recall growing increasingly weary with how dry and factual my ‘magnum opus’ seemed to be turning out. The flavor of chapter after chapter reminded me of the many parched and impassive literature reviews …

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Thesis or Dissertation Writing: How Many Pages or Words?

By Jeff Karon, academic editor Editing-Writing.com Book-Editing.com One of the often unspoken worries of dissertation and thesis writers is length: what is the minimum number of pages or words that the writer should produce? The very question may seem too crude for writers to ask their directors or committees—indeed, there are faculty members who may …

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Which Style Guide Applies?

Nancy Rosenbaum Thesis and Dissertation Editing Services APA Format | APA Style Students pursuing doctoral degrees are frequently required to submit a dissertation—scholarly written work that contributes to the knowledge base in the field by adding new information, reinforcing existing information, or refuting historical information. Masters degree candidates are expected to submit theses or capstones …

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Hiring a Dissertation Writing Mentor Can Reduce the Cost of Your Graduate Degree, Part 2

Read Part 1 here. The Solution The answer can be quite simple and inexpensive. My remedy revolves around the role of the mentor. Here’s why. At the beginning of every semester, professors generally meet with their graduate students either one-on-one or in a group as a type of informal orientation exercise. In my experience, most …

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Hiring a Dissertation Writing Mentor Can Reduce the Cost of Your Graduate Degree

Dissertation Advisors Navigating the intricacies of any graduate program can be difficult. It’s not that colleges and universities arrange their graduate programs to mirror crop circles, but rather, there is so much more for the average graduate student to do. Different ways of accomplishing some of the same tasks are also plentiful. Course work that, …

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How to Be the CEO of your Dissertation

Selecting Your Advisor and Composing the Committee Digital repositories, university libraries, academic blogs, and, yes, even Amazon.com offer more than a large dumpster load of “how to” this and “how to” that of completing a doctorate, much of which targets the “all but dissertation” (ABD) candidate. It is not my intent by invoking the image …

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