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Survival skills for graduate students

Survival Skills for Graduate Students

Research and Dissertation Basics

Dr. Deborah Lee

Professor/Coordinator

Library Instructional Services

Mississippi State University Libraries


Survival skills for graduate students workshops

Survival Skills

Survival Skills for Graduate Students: Workshops

  • Research Dissertation Basics

  • Developing a Literature Review

  • Grant$ for Grads

  • Research Ethics and the Graduate Researcher

  • Crafting the Winning Curriculum Vita

  • Landing on the Tenure Track: Job Hunting in Academia

  • Publishing 101 for Graduate Students

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Session overview

Survival Skills

Session Overview

  • What this session will NOT cover!

  • Library Resources and Services

  • Research Strategies

  • Planning and Completing the Dissertation

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The best dissertation

Survival Skills

The Best Dissertation…

…..is a Finished Dissertation!

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Library services

Survival Skills

Library Services

  • Reference (2nd Floor)

    • Research Consultations

    • Specialized Research/Reference Resources

    • Ready Reference

      • 325-7667

      • Ask-A-Librarian service: http://library.msstate.edu/askalibrarian/

      • [email protected]

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Library services1

Survival Skills

Library Services

  • Instructional Media Center (2nd Floor—New Location!)

    • Workshops (Software, Web Apps, Formatting)

    • Multimedia Workstations and Instructional Material

    • Equipment Checkout

    • Videos, CDs, DVDs

    • Formatting Assistance!

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Library services2

Survival Skills

Library Services

  • Access Services (2nd Floor)

    • Inter-Library Loan (Illiad)

    • Check out books

  • Theses-Dissertations (1st Floor)

    • Dissertations and Theses

      • Mary Ann Jones

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Survival skills for graduate students web page

Survival Skills

Survival Skills for Graduate Students: Web Page

  • Related Library Links

  • Workshop Materials

  • Related Campus Materials

  • Later this semester: Podcasts of Workshops!

  • http://library.msstate.edu/li/ssfgs/

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Challenges of the dissertation process

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Challenges of the Dissertation Process

  • Why do a dissertation?

    • Marks the transition from student to scholar.

  • Challenges

    • New experience

    • Very large project!

    • Substantively different in scope

    • Thesis vs Dissertation

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Managing the dissertation process

Survival Skills

Managing the Dissertation Process

  • Managing your topic.

  • Managing your advisor.

  • Managing your committee.

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Managing your topic

Survival Skills

Managing your topic.

  • Too narrow vs too broad.

  • Significance to the profession.

  • Flexibility.

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Managing your advisor

Survival Skills

Managing your advisor!

  • Selecting an advisor.

  • Establish expectations.

  • Pick a dissertation committee.

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Manage your committee

Survival Skills

Manage your committee.

  • Selecting Committee Members.

  • Establish expectations.

  • Communicate!

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Plan the dissertation process

Survival Skills

Plan the Dissertation Process

  • Develop a timeline.

    • Data/Research constraints?

    • Graduate date?

    • Funding considerations?

  • Other considerations

    • Approvals: human subjects, animals, dangerous chemicals.

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Dissertation process

Survival Skills

Dissertation Process

  • Preliminary Steps

  • Library Resources

  • Dissertation Proposal

    • Statement of the Research Question

    • Literature Review

    • Methodology

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Mastering the academic style

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“Mastering the Academic Style”

From: Writing the Winning Dissertation, by Allan Glatthorn.

  • Too Confident: The study proves that schools are loosely coupled systems.

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Too tentative

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Too tentative:

One conclusion that might be drawn from this study is that this particular school, on the basis of this investigation, seemed to have elements of organizational structure that might enable it to be characterized in general as a “loosely-coupled system,” although there were clearly aspects of tight coupling manifest in certain parts of the system.

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Better

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Better…

The findings suggest that most of the organizational elements of this school were only loosely linked, so that it might be generally characterized as “loosely coupled.”

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Dissertation advice

Survival Skills

Dissertation Advice

  • Work where you are most productive (place and time).

  • Keep your committee informed of your progress.

  • Don’t become discouraged---seek help when needed.

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Dissertation planning

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Dissertation Planning

  • Format

    • Chapter One: Research Question

    • Chapter Two: Literature Review

    • Chapter Three: Methodology

    • Chapter Four: Data Analysis

    • Chapter Five: Conclusions

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Other considerations

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Other Considerations

  • Departmental Norms

  • Formatting the Dissertation (and Thesis)

  • Prepare for Completion!

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Completing the process

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Completing The Process

  • Timing Completion

  • Physical Formatting

  • Submitting Your Dissertation

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After the dissertation

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After the Dissertation

  • Publishing Your Results!!!!

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Available handouts

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Available Handouts

  • PowerPoint Slides (Available Upon Email Request)

  • Library Services Summary

  • Dissertation Guides Bibliography

  • Research Consultation Request Form

  • EndNote Flyer

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Questions

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Questions??

  • Dr. Deborah Lee, Professor

    • (662) 325-0810

    • [email protected]

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