How to Write a Research Dissertation

Essential Guidance in Getting Started for Undergraduates and Postgraduates

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If you are about to embark on a research dissertation and in need of some guidance then this free companion website, accompanying the eTextbook on ‘How to write a research dissertation’ is for you. This easy-to-engage-with book is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise on dissertation-writing, but rather a short, practical guide with tips and suggested activities relating to key stages of the process. A range of topics is covered, from first steps in understanding research through to writing the final report.

How to write a research dissertation

Ebook companion website

If you are about to embark on a research dissertation and in need of some guidance then this free companion website, accompanying the eTextbook on ‘How to prepare a research dissertation’ is for you. This easy-to-engage-with book is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise on dissertation-writing, but rather a short, practical guide with tips and suggested activities relating to key stages of the process. A range of topics is covered, from first steps in understanding research through to writing the final report. The ebook is available on Amazon (see link above).

This website has been created as a companion to the eTextbook and takes forward the themes of each chapter by providing additional reading and sources of information as well as an opportunity to join a discussion with fellow readers. There are video and audio clips from the authors and other experts as well as links to further digital tools and resources.

Essential Guidance in Getting Started for Undergraduates and Postgraduates

Using the ebook and website together

The website and book are designed to be used in tandem, to provide readers with a rich experience of hearing first hand from a range of academics, and exploring relevant digital resources.

It is recommended that after reading each chapter of the book readers should refer to the section of the website devoted to that chapter and select the activities and resources of interest. You may also wish to register and take the opportunity to contribute to the suggestions and frequently asked questions section.

The website and book are here to support you and we wish you every success with your dissertation.

about the AUTHORS

Co-authored by Professor Frank Rennie and Professor Keith Smyth using tried and tested approaches and resources.

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Keith Smyth

Professor of Pedagogy at University of the Highlands and Islands

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Frank Rennie

Professor of Sustainable Rural Development, Assistant Principal of Lews Castle College, UHI

some of our OTHER publications

Undertaking Your Research Project

Essential Guidance for Undergraduates and Postgraduates

If you are about to undertake a research project and in need of some guidance then this free companion website, accompanying the eTextbook on ‘Undertaking your research project’ is recommended for you. This useful book is not intended to be a comprehensive volume on research methods, but rather a short, practical guide with tips and suggested activities relating to key stages of the research process. A range of topics is covered, from planning your first steps in planning your research through to writing the final report. The book is available on Amazon.

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Available to buy: printed book / Kindle ebook

How to Write a Research Dissertation

Essential Guidance in Getting Started for Undergraduates and Postgraduates

how to write research dissertations ebook book sm - Home

Available to buy: printed book / Kindle ebook

If you are about to embark on a research dissertation and in need of some guidance then this free companion website, accompanying the eTextbook on ‘How to write a research dissertation’ is for you. This easy-to-engage-with book is not intended to be an exhaustive treatise on dissertation-writing, but rather a short, practical guide with tips and suggested activities relating to key stages of the process. A range of topics is covered, from first steps in understanding research through to writing the final report.

Succession Planning in Community Land Trusts

Sustainability and volunteers in the third sector

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This book explores the issues in relation to planning for the future in community land trusts by exploring the role and remit of the volunteers, particularly on trust boards but also across the third sector. The study was first published as a dissertation by the author as part of as MSc in Sustainable Rural Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands. It will be of interest to an individual or organisation heavily dependent on a volunteer workforce to function.

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Tedx – Six reasons why research is cool

Quique Bassat – Assistant Research Professor, Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal-UB) -Barcelona Pediatrician (Graduated in 2004 from Hospital Vall d’Hebrón of Barcelona), specialized in tropical medicine (Master in Tropical medicine and international health, Barcelona university, 2004) and epidemiology (Master in epidemiology, London School of tropical medicine and higiene, London 2007-08). Large experience in clinical

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Online module – Introduction to research (Unit 1)

Section Overview This section discusses what we mean by ‘research’ and how we distinguish it from other forms of enquiry. The idea of research as a process is presented and we consider how research may be evaluated. Section Learning Outcomes By the end of this section, students should be able to: define what is meant

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Helpsheet – What is research?

This helpsheet outlines the nature of research as it is generally understood in the Business School. Of course, research can be understood in different ways in different disciplines. This helpsheet, therefore, should not be seen as a guide to research in all of its possible forms. PDF, 9 pages, University of Sydney worksheet. Use this

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Writing a research proposal

Comprising a series of useful top tips when writing a research proposal, including advice from experienced researchers This You Tube clip takes the form of a Power Point presentation followed by reflections from an experienced researcher.

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Tips before you start your dissertation

How to tackle your dissertation with flair This is a link to a web page from the University of London International Programmes. It offers good guidance on approaching your dissertation and planning research. There are several links from this page to other useful resources. Go to resource

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Reporting the results of your study

A User-Friendly Guide for Evaluators of Educational Programs and Practices Produced by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy in the US, this PDF is a good guide to reporting the results of your study. It is somewhat lengthy, but good advice about everything from font size to layout is included. Go to resource

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