Dissertation Writing

Writing a dissertation is no easy task. This site is devoted to solving the mystery of writing a perfect dissertation.

Dissertation Editing

Have already written your dissertation? Learn how to polish it up using simple, though valuable tips and tricks.

Dissertation Writing Problems

Dissertation resources

How to find necessary information for your dissertation

Research is an important part of any paper and the dissertation is no exception to this rule. Without the right research, you cannot write the high quality and in depth paper that is required. Your paper can only be as good as the information you find. If you do not get quality information and data your paper will be short, weak, and not very effective. When conducting your research there are three primary sources you can use to gather your information.

  1. Scholarly Sources
  2. These are the sources you find that come from experts in the field. When you do research you read web sites, articles, books, and other publications that deal with your topic. Most of these will be from experts who are trusted within the industry. These are the sources you want to use as the predominant foundation for your paper and most instructors will require a certain number of sources to come from books, magazines, and websites. If you need help finding sources or determining if a source you want to use is considered scholarly, you can ask the librarians or your instructor for some guidance and they can let you know if you should use the source or find something better.

  3. Interviews
  4. If you know someone or are able to personally talk to someone who is an expert with your topic, you can interview them. This is a great way to get quotes and information on your topic that you might not be able to find anywhere else. Interviews are also helpful if you are working with a topic that is not well known or relatively new. You can conduct interviews in person, over the phone, or via email. When you interview someone make sure you ask questions that generate good conversations and lengthy responses so you can get some good material to use in your paper. You do not want to ask a lot of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions because that will not give you much to work with.

  5. Personal Experience
  6. You typically do not want to put your own personal opinions into a paper but if you have experience and firsthand knowledge of the topic you can work that into the paper. You do not have to say “I think that….” But you can write in your opinions and experiences and use that as a source for your paper. It cannot be your primary source that you based your dissertation on but it can definitely be a secondary source to help support your idea and flush out your paper.