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Video: Finding Model Dissertations

This video gives you some helpful hints on finding models for how dissertations work. It is important that you find them, read them in the way discussed here and begin to guide your own thinking in similar patterns or you will waste a lot of time "chasing your tail" as was said by one of our doctoral students.

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Activity – Pull 3 Model PhD Research or Practical Dissertation or Thesis

One of the biggest mistakes graduate students make when they start to work on their research is that they don't do enough background checking on what is involved in these documents. Therefore, MastersNet members have found it extremely useful to start the process with this “Pull 3 Model Research Theses” activity. You will be looking for high quality dissertations or theses that focus on one of these areas, all of which are important for you to consider:

• Your topic

• Your methodology

• Your writing

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Hints for Finding Model Dissertations

Doctoral students sometimes find it challenging to get model dissertations from which to work. Part of this may be the relative strength of their university library, a challenge DoctoralNet cannot overcome. On the other hand, it may seem less than intuitive how one sets out to find one dissertation that matches your topic, one that uses your methodology, and one that is well written. This article will take them one by one and offer suggestions.

Finding the dissertation that matches your topic area is probably the easiest of the three...

 

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Video: Finding Model Dissertations

 

This video gives you some helpful hints on finding models for how dissertations work. It is important that you find them, read them in the way discussed here and begin to guide your own thinking in similar patterns or you will waste a lot of time "chasing your tail" as was said by one of our doctoral students.

 

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Where to Find Sample PhD Thesis Online

Are you looking for sample research or practical dissertations or theses that you can use as models for your own work?  This is a very practical way to proceed, but sometimes finding useful examples can be troublesome.  Start with your university repository- they will always be the best examples and may even have a few with your supervisors name on them - that would be very helpful

Click through the readmore for other options to find the models worth delving into... 

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