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Creating A Strong Dissertation
Suggestions For Beginners

If you are being asked to write a dissertation you'll know that this is not a simple essay. Or another way of looking at it is to say that this is a really complex and detailed essay. Rather than have simple fact paragraphs it will have chapters. It will have far more words than your basic essay. You will tackle the topic in much greater detail.

Even with the shortest and simplest of essays, the principle that the choice of topic largely determines the success of your work applies also to a dissertation. The more you know about the dissertation topic and more enthusiasm you have to discover more, the easier it will be to write your dissertation and arguably, the better will be your finished product. Talk over your choice of topic with your teacher or professor and ensure that it is the best possible topic for your interests and talents.

The thesis statement you create is the basis of your dissertation. It must be crystal clear, as short as possible and as simple as possible. That is not to say that the thesis statement won't contain some serious philosophy. But it is the way you phrase it which is so important.

And the thesis statement will then be discussed and supported throughout your dissertation. The key question though involves you being able to measure the claims you make. Yes you must be able to substantiate your claims but likewise you must be able to measure said claims. The success of your dissertation will in part be determined by your ability to prove and measure the claims emanating from your thesis statement.

Always remember that the quality of your research reflects directly on the quality of your writing. It is no point reading a vast amount of material if some or much of it is irrelevant. It is better that you read fewer books or articles and material which is relevant to your dissertation than ploughing through a mountain of books gathering material which is useless or irrelevant. Sensible and targeted research reading will give you superior information to support your thesis statement.

As the old adage goes, ‘if you fail to prepare you prepare to fail’. Look upon writing your dissertation as a marathon as opposed to a sprint. You need an expert timetable and outline and you need to plan your preparation. The more detailed and more planned your preparation is, the easier it will be for you to write your actual dissertation. And of course having finished the first draft, you then begin the all-important proofreading and editing phase.

Even the most basic of essays requires follow-up work. Correcting spelling and grammar mistakes goes without saying. But there is much to do as far as clarity of writing is concerned. Have you repeated yourself? Have you said something using too many words? Every beginner needs to learn the art of editing and polishing their dissertation. Get feedback from a variety of sources. You can do so much to make something good better and something better brilliant.

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