How to Structure & Organize Your Dissertation

A dissertation project is often considered to be the work of one’s life. It is not entirely true, as a researcher always seeks for some new inventions. Sometimes, the field of one’s work is not limited to just one field of expertise. Whether your dissertation is everything you can contribute to the whole scope of human knowledge or just the first step on your never-ending scientific path, this step is huge! Your working process, as well as the final paper, should be thoroughly organized. Here are the most productive ways for you to do it.

Way #1: Don’t Face It on Your Own

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This way is extremely suitable for the young researchers, who are not quite confident, and therefore, tend to procrastinate. Good advice can push you forward! You can get help from anywhere while writing your dissertation. Start with consulting your tutor. You have to understand each tiny detail concerning the structure. Remember, writing a dissertation is a creative process, BUT your creativity should find its way in your ideas, not the paper organization. This is not a free-writing experience! You may be required to write a classic five-chapter work, which contains:

– Introduction;

– Literature Review;

– Research Methodology;

– The Main Findings;

– Conclusions and Suggestions.

However, if you are to work out your own structure, never neglect help. Actually, structuring is one of the most frequently asked requests from those who write their dissertation. So, you can also use the information other people share on the Web to help each other.

Way #2: Start with the Literature

Your paper conclusions will partly rely on your own findings. But the greatest part of the paper is research. And the greatest part of the latter is perusing the resources. Working with literature is an indelible part of writing your dissertation. You can get even more productive if you base all of your work on literature research, that is, make it an initial point of your studies. This way is good who those, who are able to process the information quickly and don’t have a tendency to plagiarize. In this case, it is also possible to ask permission to skip a Literature Review chapter and include the analysis in other sections. First, it will allow you to escape the most annoying part of the dissertation. Secondly, interweaving literature research with your own conclusion can bring a lot of benefit to your work.

You should never stop reading for your dissertation, but you can also organize your work with literature sources as follows:

– bibliographic literature search;

– literature reviewing;

– academic literature research;

– conducting the list of references.

Mind that there are plenty of information sources on the Web, but only a few of them are reliable enough for a dissertation. To find proper books and articles get the access to an online library. And don’t be too lazy to visit a real one.

Way #3: Be Consistent

The good old way of structuring work on a dissertation has gone through many changes during the time. Many things were considered unnecessary, while some news ones, on the contrary, were added. Academic knowledge is changing day after day. Thus, it requires new approaches to master it. The previous ways we’ve suggested to you are based on avoiding the mistakes young researchers do while they are struggling with standard dissertation writing methods. A lot of those who write their dissertation fail with some of these methods because the information we get today is plentiful and unstructured. However, these suggestions have been worked out by the greatest minds of our society. No wonder they are still relevant for many, and you can be one of them.

The point behind these methods is to get a well-structured start of your research. There are seven main steps to do it right:

– structuring your tasks;

– searching literature in catalogs;

– collecting, processing and systematizing the information obtained;

– conducting the list of references;

– outlining;

– defining the research problem;

– summarizing the paper framework for your professor.

Such a structured beginning will push your research to a new level, and it will be much easier for you to continue. It has to be noted that this way is only suitable for those who are good in planning and can match the needed deadlines with no difficulty. If you don’t possess such qualities, you can either work on them persistently (which can contribute a lot to your future) or choose another way of working on your dissertation.

Structuring and organizing your dissertation is a hard, systematic work. Even the brightest findings can get lost in an unstructured paper. The details, such as footnotes and pictures, matter a lot too, no matter which writing and structuring methods you prefer. One way of another, your result should be scientifically new, valuable, and readable.

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Author: Kevin Nelson

Kevin Nelson started his career as a research analyst and has changed his sphere of activity to writing services and content marketing. Apart from writing, he spends a lot of time reading psychology and management literature searching for the keystones of motivation ideas. Feel free to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin.

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