Warning Signs You Must Avoid While Writing Dissertation

Warning Signs in DissertationSure your dissertation is important! It could make or break your college time. The thing is when you’ve never written something this long before, writing such a text can be pretty daunting and there are plenty of chances for new mistakes to appear as well as for old mistakes that were just minor annoyances in shorter assignments to become fully unmanageable. Because of that, it’s a good idea for us to sit down and discuss some of the big mistakes you might face. You should know what to look for in that case, which is definitely the first (and most vital) step to stop most of them.

 

No worse feeling than realizing you may have chosen the wrong topic of your dissertation, especially after weeks of planning and meetings with your supervisor. But now better than later! If you’re familiar with any or all of these warming signs, the main thing is: Don’t panic! There’s always something you can do or someone you can go to get dissertation help. We’re here to teach you how to identify the signs that you’ve selected the wrong subject for your dissertation, and help you find a solution.

 

Not Enough Literature:

 Choosing a niche topic might seem like a good idea to start with; after all, it’s key to originality. If you start your study, however, and find that there is not enough literature to support your thesis, it is a sign that something is wrong. Building a dissertation on too small a base is a bad idea, as the study would inevitably be patchy and incomplete where there are holes in the analysis or no resources available, causing the entire thing to crash. For any dissertation, academic sources are essential; this is what the markers expect you to use to back up your arguments; if there are no peer-reviewed academic sources, then you are in trouble. Don’t forget, though, you can change to avoid it.

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Too Much Literature:

 On the other hand, the available literature can work the other way too. Choosing a dissertation subject that other people have been studying before may be appealing, because of the amount of knowledge you can use. However, if you feel overwhelmed by the volume of available literature, or find yourself having issues to condense information into its key components, you have probably chosen the wrong topic with too diverse a framework for your dissertation. Dissertations with too wide a focus will only skim the topic’s surface, rather than going into great detail and doing in-depth observations. Just because the dissertation is a long and detailed project, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to cram as much as possible into it. Take the time to highlight your key interest areas and work your way down to only include the most important information.

 

Don’t Limit Your Research:

You’ll only have 10,000 to 20,000 words to write when writing a thesis. That sounds a lot but when developing your research and argument; you will find it to be a very limited number to work around. It is therefore sensible to stick to the relevant information bits and develop your case on that. But this should not stop you from researching above and beyond, in areas that may be remotely connected to your subject. Not only will this give ideas about what to add or not, but it will also allow you to view things from a broader perspective.

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Plagiarism:

 You might not have meant to, but if they catch you in the act of, say, plagiarism, it won’t sway your university much. And it’s far more popular than you could ever know. You see, even if you don’t copy a word for word from someone’s text but rewrite it that can still count as plagiarism. That’s because you’re not only supposed to respect the words of the people but also the ideas behind them. It is fairly easy to avoid plagiarism. Just don’t forget to quote the research of people when you took an idea from them. Citing all the sources from which you drew arguments is not just a good way to protect yourself from plagiarism, but to demonstrate that your material has a strong theoretical basis. That is it.

 

Jargon:

 And yet another mistake is not to explain words of jargon. There are a lot of them in science and most academics are barely aware that they are using them because of the curse of knowledge. That makes no excuse for their use. Your grandmother should have an understanding of what’s written. If you use the language they couldn’t understand then define your terms!