Click here to see their dissertations. We have some databases for finding Dissertations: A lot of the recently published Theses and Dissertations are available for free on the web. Google and Google Scholar searches sometime benefit from adding "pdf". More sources for identifying and finding dissertations: For full text copies of items you cannot get via the above sources, you can request copies to be borrowed from another library by using our Document Delivery Service request these as books.
If Document Delivery cannot borrow it, you can purchase with your own money a personal copy from Dissertation vendors such as UMI Dissertation Express. Call the Research Help Desk Visit the Research Help Desk for in-person help. Subject Librarians can help with in-depth research. Unless you know what these are redaction, source, tradition, form, narrative, post-modern, etc. It may sound like cheating that I recommend someone or something else in a post of tips for finding a dissertation topic, but the truth is, that we do not go through this process alone.
Once again, the book Destination Dissertation , for example, contains a great section on helping you choose a dissertation topic. It tries to side-step the hit or miss approach that often accompanies a search for a topic. It has some great advice for setting up a meeting with a trusted adviser or professor in order to clarify your thinking and getting help in nailing down a thesis.
In addition, talk to professors or others who have trod the path before you and ask them to give you suggestions that you might be able to pursue. This was only weeks before John was to fly over to Europe to meet with his advisers and his school. Well that does it for this post. I realize these tips only begin to scratch the surface of this very broad topic of finding a dissertation topic. A test case in finding a dissertation topic — Part 1 Phd and Dissertation Advice.
Your tips were a breath of fresh air for me, thank you so very much. I am just starting my Phd programme and would like to interact with you. I am in the theological field and is struggling a bit. Look forward to your response. Thanks for the idea. Currently its a bit tough to find a unique topic relevant and fresh idea especially in Human Resource Management Field.
Thanks for these tips. I have just finished the coursework phase and am now preparing for two comprehensive exams. Thank you and blessings on your studies! Let me know if I can be of help in your dissertation topic search. If you are into leadership, Luke 22 and a socio-historical study comparing Lukan leadership with Greco-Roman style mentioned in the last supper discourse.
Secular and Christian Leadership for a model. PhD and Dissertation Advice. Home About this blog PhD Resources. Your goal is to get into the dissertation topic mind set and begin to get ideas for your own topic: Notice how each dissertation is setup to answer one basic question with its ancillary sub-topic Notice the types of questions or problems the dissertation answers Notice the methodologies that are used to answer various types of questions i.
Dissertations also provide suggested avenues for further research Look for suggestions for further research in the back of the final chapter of every dissertation. Begin with your passion or interest To the extent you have control in this sometimes you may feel pressured by an adviser to choose a particular topic begin with broad topics, texts, books or methodologies about which you are passionate or have a great interest.
Begin by reading dictionary articles for subject or theme or commentaries for a book or text that cover your topic. You want a broad grasp of your subject area. You should begin to get a handle on the various debates that surround your broad topic. Who are the important scholars in the debate?
As you read, try to formulate questions that can turn into a dissertation topic. Read journal articles in the ATLA database for example or book reviews of books that have been written by these heavy hitters.
Find a Dissertation Your library may be able to provide access to the dissertation you're looking for. Whether you are looking for a specific graduate work, or want to find out what dissertations or theses have been written on a particular subject, ProQuest provides a variety of tools to help.
How to Write Your Best Dissertation: Step-by-Step Guide When you get to the point of writing a dissertation, you're clearly near the end .
Locating Dissertations and Theses Write down the library and call number and find it on the shelf. They can be checked out. Check the University Digital Conservancy for online access to dissertations and theses from to present as well as historic, scanned theses from Dissertations and theses are an important and valuable tool for the library and the researcher in all areas of scholarship. Institutions can transform the library’s dissertations and theses, make institutional research globally discoverable from trusted databases, and provide on-demand use to authoritative information.
You want to find a dissertation topic that is relevant to your field of studies, and with which you are confident and knowledgeable. You should also carefully choose a tutor who is very familiar with your particular subject area, as it will make the process of choosing a suitable proposal topic much easier. You can do a general search for dissertations in the UMI Dissertation Express. If you find one you like, search for it in Google, Google Scholar and/or OpenDOAR for the possiblity of a free copy (see below) or request a copy via our Document Delivery Service before purchasing it from UMI.