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  2. Dissertation Help: Writing Do's and Don'ts
  3. Video: Get Your Head Straight BEFORE You Start to Write Your Dissertation
  4. How to Write a Dissertation? Getting Started
  5. The Maze of Dissertation Work
  6. Types of Doctoral Dissertation Proposals
  7. What Makes an Outstanding Dissertation
  8. Not sure what to write? Here are tips to finding a subject for your doctorate
  9. Dissertation Sample Template: Chapters 1-3
  10. PhD Dissertation Structure - Alternate Proposal Chapter Headings
  11. Heading Sources and Requirements
  12. Use of Headings
  13. Activity: Pull Headings from Four Sources
  14. Proposal for Dissertation: Chapters 1-3
  15. Slides: Explanation of Headings
  16. Video: Use of Headings
  17. Get Started! Writing a PhD Dissertation or Thesis
  18. Getting Started: What Makes a Dissertation?
  19. Dissertation Help: Tips for Finishing PhD Dissertation Thesis in Three Years
  20. Finding Model Dissertations
  21. Dissertation Help: How to Write a PhD Dissertation Faster
  22. How to Write a Dissertation: Follow these Steps
  23. Slides: Basic Truths
  24. Slides: What Makes an outstanding dissertation or thesis?
  25. Slides: The Difference Between Normal and Outstanding Dissertations/Thesis
  26. Dissertation Help: PhD Dissertation Topics and Research Questions
  27. The Logical Progression from Topic to Questions/Problems and Significance
  28. Dissertation Writing Services: The Short and Sweet Overview of the Logic of the Proposal
  29. The Logic of a PhD Thesis Proposal
  30. Develop PhD Thesis Topics
  31. Slides: The Logic and Most Efficient Approach for the Research Proposal
  32. Video: UK-US Comparison:Discussion of Doctoral Research Logic
  33. Stage 1 Choosing Your Interests and Research Topic
  34. Activity: Topic(s) Listed and Initial Reading Begins Defining Your Research
  35. Slides: Focus on population & sample
  36. Video: Organize That Dissertation Literature Review!
  37. Dissertation Help: The Review of Literature In 5 Easy Steps
  38. Video: Inspiration for Chapter 2
  39. Using EndNote for Tracking and Organizing Literature for Your Lit Review
  40. Using EndNote for Your Literature Review (DNA Video)
  41. Bibliographic Software
  42. Exercise To Create a Better Literature Review
  43. Discovery about Literature
  44. 10 Weeks of Measurable Actions For Lit Reviews
  45. Writing a Plan for Your Literature Review: Avoid Wasting Unnecessary Time
  46. Activity - Starting To Read with These Things in Mind
  47. Article - Know Where You Are Going: The Parameters of the Lit Review
  48. Article: Don't Just Read for Content
  49. Sample Literature Review
  50. Slides: Chapter 2 / Literature Review Inspiration
  51. Slides: End Note Literature Review
  52. Thinking About Methodology
  53. Activity: Table of Methods/Methodologies Begun
  54. Dissertation Research Methods: Considering What Method Is Right for You
  55. Introduction to Quantitative Research
  56. When to Use Quantitative Methods?
  57. Population and Make Up of Samples: Sorting them out
  58. Video: Thinking About Methodology
  59. Writing Your Problem Statement
  60. More about the Problem Statement
  61. Checklist For Problem Statement Sections
  62. Thesis Statement Examples
  63. Thesis Statement Generator
  64. An Idea is Not a Problem: And therefore not the basis you need for research
  65. Postscript to: An Idea is Not a Problem
  66. A dissertation research problem from your professional practice
  67. Slides: Bringing Your Ideas in line with Your Research Methodology
  68. Slides: Selecting the Research Problem for your Doctoral Dissertation
  69. About Research Questions When Writing Your Dissertation
  70. Developing Your Research Questions
  71. Stage 2 - Uncovering the Purpose and Questions That Support Your Research Design
  72. Stage III: Writing Questions That Can Be Measured - The Tie between Theory and Practice
  73. Slides: Thinking about Methods - Leading to Methodology
  74. Slides: Methodology for both sides of the pond

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