Posted by mokeefe1 included in Research Tips
I remember the first time I reviewed a dissertation, I thought while this looks impressive it also looks very long; where do I start? I knew I probably did not have the time to read the whole document. So what parts of a dissertation will help you the most in doing research for your own dissertation? Here are some suggestions.
Chapter Two (The Literature Review) and the Reference List of the dissertation can be invaluable, especially if that dissertation is current and very closely related to your topic. You may get ideas of how to structure your review and also possible resources you want to review. How do you tell if a reference is in the Capella Library? Use the Journal and Book Locator link from the Library Home page. If it’s not in the Library, you can get it through Interlibrary Loan.
Chapter Three (Methodology) Having trouble understanding or explaining the methodology you are using for your study? Looking at dissertations that have used that same methodology may help you gain a better understanding of your chosen methodology, perhaps also in the context of your topic.
Chapter Five Having trouble figuring out your research question? Chapter Five contains the author’s suggestions for future research, its a great place to look for ideas.
I hope some of these suggestions make using dissertations in your research more manageable, let us know if you have others!