It’s that time of year again when Masters students are busy and engrossed with their dissertations. For many of them, it is their first attempt at doing their own piece of independent research. As a dissertation supervisor and academic skills developer, I really enjoy the process of working with students as they bring their dissertation projects together – it’s really rewarding to see how many of them become so engrossed and passionate about what they are doing. As the dissertation is such a significant piece of writing, there are always challenges along the way with both the writing and the research. So each year, I look for useful resources that might be helpful to students. Often these have a different focus and they cover topics such as such as managing time when writing, writing style, putting together a coherent argument among others. Resources I’ve written about previously are listed here
Obviously, lots of universities have their own useful resources and these tend to be tailored for doing a dissertation in that particular institution.
Others I have come across recently:
Dissertation dos and don’ts from the Guardian: how to write your dissertation
The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation – aimed primarily at PhD students but useful tips on writing every day which will also be relevant for Masters students.
Books on writing dissertations which students may find helpful:
Biggam, J. (2011) Succeeding with your masters dissertation: a step-by-step handbook. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Bitchener, J. (2010) Writing an applied linguistics thesis or dissertation: a guide to presenting empirical research. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Bolker, J. (1998) Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: a guide to starting, revising and finishing your doctoral thesis. New York: H Holt.
Furseth, I. (2013) Doing your masters dissertation. London: Sage.
Hart, C. (2005) Doing your masters dissertation: Realizing your potential as a social scientist. London: Sage.
Murray, R. (2006) How to write a thesis. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Rudestam, K. (2007) Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Sumerson, J. (2014) Finish your dissertation, don’t let it finish you. New Jersey: Wiley.