Doing Your Social Science Dissertation

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Dissertations can be the most rewarding part of any undergraduate degree course, providing the opportunity for students to pursue a chosen subject in depth and to develop their expertise. Yet dissertations can also be the most challenging part of doing a degree. This guide is the perfect book for those seeking to succeed with their dissertation.

Judith Burnett enables students to rise to this challenge, making the most of the opportunities which a dissertation offers and overcoming the obstacles to successful completion. This book takes students through the process of doing a dissertation: from turning raw ideas into a research question, designing the research project and choosing appropriate methods, developing a research proposal, planning and executing the project, working with data, writing up, and preparing the work for the final hand-in.

Doing Your Social Science Dissertation is an invaluable guide to both avoiding the pitfalls and making the most of the opportunities offered by the dissertation. It ought to be compulsory reading for undergraduate students in any social science discipline.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412931120
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/4/2009
  • Series: SAGE Study Skills Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Figures, Tables and Tasks vi

Introduction: Why Do a Dissertation in the Social Sciences 1

1 Ready to Research? 13

2 Great Expectations: What You Need to Do for Your Dissertation 36

3 Defining the Research Question 50

4 What Kind of Researcher Are You? 61

5 Writing the Research Proposal 78

6 Finding Resources and Doing the Literature Review 93

7 Research Design: Projects and Their Needs 111

8 Collecting Data: Quantitative Methods 128

9 Collecting Data: Qualitative Methods 154

10 Carrying Out the Research 171

11 What Do I Do with All the Data 184

12 Drawing Conclusions and Writing Up 200

13 Troubleshooting 226

Appendix 1 Compendium of Online Sources 229

Appendix 2 Readability: Reading Age Scales 236

Appendix 3 Example of a Consent Form 238

Glossary 240

Bibliography 248

Index 255

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