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The PDF* files below are chapters from Constructing a Good Dissertation: A Practical Guide to Finishing a Masters, MBA or PhD on Schedule by Dr Erik Hofstee.
Table of Contents (38 KB)
Introduction (42 KB)
Supervisors (59 KB)
The Literature Review (524 KB)
Editing (87 KB)
If you seriously doubt whether you can write a good dissertation, feel depressed about the whole business, or worse yet, are on the brink of giving up, please read the chapter "Dissertation Blues" before you do anything drastic.
Dissertation Blues (83 KB)
The 21 ways to sabotage one's degree ambitions (below) come from the chapter "What Not To Do". They are tried and tested, and will work! While they are presented in a humorous way, you might be surprised at how popular they are. Don't fall for any of them!
21 Ways to Sabotage Your Dissertation
You can download the referencing guide to the Harvard style contained in Constructing a Good Dissertation here (161 KB). The APA, MLA and Chicago styles are in the Free Tools section of this website, as is a marking sheet and the checklists that supplement the chapters "Marking Your Own Dissertation" and "Editing".
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