Dissertation Timeline | Section 1 – BEGINNING

Staying On Track | Dissertation Timeline

Section 1 – BEGINNING Your research certainly needs to fill a gap in the literature, but when forming your set of potential topics, your driving motivation should be identifying ones that you know are doable; trust that, for at least one of the brainstormed topics, you will find a gap to justify your research in

Your Guide to a Positive and Productive Semester

In what feels like a blink of an eye, it is September and we are back to school. The start of the fall semester finds us all in a unique predicament, where dissertation and academic progress is still expected but under quite different guidelines than what we are accustomed to. We are seeing significant changes,

The Psychology of Error: Avoiding Negative Impressions

My graduate mentor told me that there are things outside of our control when writing and doing academic work, and that is precisely why it is so important to pay special attention to the things that are in our control. This covers many aspects of work, but I want to talk about the importance of

Comparison of APA Publication Manual 6th ed. vs. 7th ed.

Expectations of the PowerPoint Dissertation Proposal Defense

This is a general discussion about what to expect at the dissertation proposal defense. It is not a technical how-to guide on setting up your slides. For guidance on the specific content for your slides, see examples from your school and follow your school’s template, if it has one. Basically, at your proposal defense, your

Connecting the Theoretical Framework to Your Quantitative Study

For your theoretical framework, you want to define your theory, along with any associated components, discuss what researchers have used the theory for, and connect it to your study. Defining the theory and discussing what researchers have used it for are relatively straightforward. However, people are usually a little more uncertain about what it means

Keeping Your Dissertation Focus

Now that the school year is starting back up, what are your dissertation goals for fall semester 2020? What habits will you engage to ensure a successful term? The main distractions that hold doctoral students back are lack of focus or motivation, uncooperative chairs or committee members, and lack of technical knowledge. This month, we

What is the difference between probability and non-probability sampling?

If you are conducting an original study for your dissertation research, you will need to choose a method of sampling to obtain your participants. Choosing an appropriate sampling method is important for both quantitative and qualitative studies. There are two general types of sampling methods: probability sampling and non-probability sampling. In this blog, we will

What is Triangulation in Qualitative Research?

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