By A. J. Parsons
Following the profitable first variation, this revised and up-to-date publication keeps to supply scholars with a close advisor to the making plans and methods they have to contemplate whilst getting ready dissertations in geography, environmental technology and geology. Written by way of well-respected authors within the box, it takes new assets, more advantageous know-how in construction of the dissertation, and adjustments in instructing kind under consideration. Guiding the reader via every one degree within the procedure, it offers with a few of the universal issues and matters excited about dissertation writing, starting from identifying which subject to paintings on, via learn layout and information assortment, to handing within the ultimate certain quantity. With a longer attention of alternative kinds of information (qualitative, quantitative and spatial) and a wide mirrored image on various techniques to challenge fixing, this beneficial textual content indicates functional methods of facing the initiatives concerned, locates the typical pitfalls linked to each one, and is helping readers write the simplest dissertation attainable.
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How you approach answering a question depends, to a degree, on its type. We will refer to our types of question frequently in the following chapters. Types of answer Different types of question demand different types of answer. This is useful in several ways. For example, if you are having trouble coming up with a good question, try imagining what you would like to say in your conclusion to your dissertation, assume that to be your answer, and work backwards from there to work out what question you need to ask in order to head towards that answer.
To ﬁnd a worthwhile problem within the topic area you have selected, you should explore the literature using several different approaches. You can look through the shelves of books and journals in the library. You can search bibliographic databases such as GEOBASE. You can search web-based search engines designed for your particular ﬁeld of research (such as SCIRUS for science-related subjects such as physical geography). First of all, you should check the most recent literature in order to ﬁnd out what topics are currently being discussed most heatedly; in other words which are most topical within this subject.
If they have, it doesn’t mean you can’t still work on it – after all, you may completely disagree with their ﬁndings. However, it is necessary to know what work has already been done. There are three approaches, and you should consider trying all of them. The ﬁrst is to look at published abstracts and bibliographic databases. These provide a quicker route to ﬁnding out what has been written than reading back-issues of all the relevant journals. They are particularly useful if you know exactly what you are looking for.
How to do your dissertation in geography and related disciplines by A. J. Parsons