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What a dissertation looks like:
- A dissertation is an extended piece of written work and whilst there is no set structure, have a look at finished dissertations from your department of study to get some ideas. I believe at Aston university you can go and request dissertations from the library. Also Google does have some dissertations (undergrad and postgrad) available, which you could look at however you may have to search quite a bit. EThOS (http://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do ) is also another avenue, which holds thousands of dissertations - whilst some you have to pay to access others are free.
Finding a topic:
- This can take longer than you think, but that shouldn't worry you. My best advise is to do your dissertation around a topic that fascinates YOU, so that there is less chance of you getting bored half way through and losing the will to live.
- Remember that you can do a library- based dissertation or a research based dissertation - do what will best suit you within the time you have. However this isn't something you should seriously worry about at this stage unless you're like me and can't help yourself.
- Something you've always wondered about or found fascinating
- Lecture notes, old essays
- Current journals and academic books
- Media and news items
- Things you disagree with fiercely
- Controversies, current affairs issues
- New areas in your subject
- Talking with friends, family and lecturers
Going from your topic to a question
- Now a dissertation question is not the same as a topic, it has to be phrased so that it can be answered in a 'specific and focused way'. There are numerous ways that you can get from your topic to a question.
- Here are a few ways, just remember do what you are comfortable with, and if unsure discuss with your supervisor if you have one or if you have started early a lecturer/ staff member you are comfortable with: first, do some reading around your topic: are there any gaps in the current research that could provide a question? Second, if you usually write too much – think smaller and focus on one narrow aspect of your topic. Third, if you usually don't write enough – think bigger and link some related areas of your topic together.
- Remember your initial question is not set in stone at this stage, it definitely can be altered over the course of your project to suit what you end up examining.
- It is a good idea before you make any final decisions to discuss your choice of question with your supervisor.