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Survival Skills for Graduate Students. Research and Dissertation Basics. Dr. Deborah Lee Professor/Coordinator Library Instructional Services Mississippi State University Libraries. Survival Skills. Survival Skills for Graduate Students: Workshops. Research Dissertation Basics

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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 SkillsSurvival 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 SkillsSession 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 SkillsThe Best Dissertation…

…..is a Finished Dissertation!

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library services
Survival SkillsLibrary 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 SkillsLibrary 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 SkillsLibrary 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 SkillsSurvival 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
Survival SkillsChallenges 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 SkillsManaging the Dissertation Process
  • Managing your topic.
  • Managing your advisor.
  • Managing your committee.

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managing your topic
Survival SkillsManaging your topic.
  • Too narrow vs too broad.
  • Significance to the profession.
  • Flexibility.

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managing your advisor
Survival SkillsManaging your advisor!
  • Selecting an advisor.
  • Establish expectations.
  • Pick a dissertation committee.

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manage your committee
Survival SkillsManage your committee.
  • Selecting Committee Members.
  • Establish expectations.
  • Communicate!

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plan the dissertation process
Survival SkillsPlan 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 SkillsDissertation Process
  • Preliminary Steps
  • Library Resources
  • Dissertation Proposal
    • Statement of the Research Question
    • Literature Review
    • Methodology

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mastering the academic style
Survival Skills“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
Survival SkillsToo 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
Survival SkillsBetter…

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 SkillsDissertation 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
Survival SkillsDissertation 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
Survival SkillsOther Considerations
  • Departmental Norms
  • Formatting the Dissertation (and Thesis)
  • Prepare for Completion!

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completing the process
Survival SkillsCompleting The Process
  • Timing Completion
  • Physical Formatting
  • Submitting Your Dissertation

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after the dissertation
Survival SkillsAfter the Dissertation
  • Publishing Your Results!!!!

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available handouts
Survival SkillsAvailable Handouts
  • PowerPoint Slides (Available Upon Email Request)
  • Library Services Summary
  • Dissertation Guides Bibliography
  • Research Consultation Request Form
  • EndNote Flyer

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questions
Survival SkillsQuestions??

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