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The book is written in an easy-to-read format, taking a one-on-one dialog approach, rather than that of a scholarly treatise, of the graduate school process. This new edition reflects the growing influence of the internet and degree granting programs offered via distance education while updating information in the first edition relative to all aspects of the graduate school process. The book provides many useful exercises, tools, and techniques that encourage graduate students to take more control of the process of obtaining a graduate degree.
Developing the research proposal/forming a committee/prepar- ing for compr. written & oral exams/defending the work/pub.
1. Can I Really Complete a Graduate Degree?
How This Book Can Help You
Why Am I in Graduate School?
Three Categories of Learners
Barriers to Learning
Becoming a Self-Directed Learner
Need for Support
2. The Program of Study
Financing Your Graduate Degree
Am I in the Right Graduate Degree Program
Defining the Program of Study
Developing the Program of Study
3. The Graduate Committee
Roles of Committee Members
Functions of the Graduate Committee
Getting to Know Potential Committee Members
Becoming Known by Potential Committee Members
Choosing Your Committee
Committee Member Selection Guide
4. The Comprehensive Exam
The Comprehensive Examination Process
Evaluating the Comp
Purpose of the Comprehensive Exam
Preparing for the Comprehensive Exam
Taking the Comprehensive Exam: Tips for the Written Exam
Tips for the Oral Exam
5. The Proposal and the Thesis/Dissertation
Developing the Proposal
Connecting the Proposal to the Thesis/Dissertation
Chapter One: The Problem
Chapter Two: The Literature Review
Chapter Three: The Methodology
Chapter Four: Presentation and Analysis of Data
Chapter Five: Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations
6. The Defense
Understanding the Defense
Preparing for the Defense
What to Do at the Defense
7. Now What?
Binding Your Thesis or Dissertation
Copyrighting Your Work
Publishing Your Work
Making up Lost "Quality Time "
Using the Title "Doctor "
Avoiding Emotional Letdowns
Put Your Degree to Work
References and Selected Readings
General Style Guides
Guides to Writing a Proposal, Thesis, Dissertation, or Research Paper
Researching and Writing in the Disciplines
About the Author