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How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation

How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation

How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or

Authoring a PhD How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation Patrick Dunleavy

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  • Page 6 and 7: For Sheila and Rosemary Thanks for
  • Page 8 and 9: Contents List of figures and tables
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  • Page 12 and 13: PREFACE ◆ XI doctorate they still
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    ENVISIONING THE THESIS AS A WHOLE

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    ENVISIONING THE THESIS AS A WHOLE

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    ENVISIONING THE THESIS AS A WHOLE

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    3 Planning an Integrated Thesis: th

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    PLANNING AN INTEGRATED THESIS ◆ 4

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    PLANNING AN INTEGRATED THESIS ◆ 4

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    PLANNING AN INTEGRATED THESIS ◆ 5

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    studies cueing and branding the cor

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    PLANNING AN INTEGRATED THESIS ◆ 5

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    PLANNING AN INTEGRATED THESIS ◆ 5

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    the thesis as a whole. The whole ef

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    Focused literature review PLANNING

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    inaccessible explanations of comple

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    Box files Printer Services (e.g. li

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    ORGANIZING A CHAPTER OR PAPER ◆ 7

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    Handling starts and finishes ORGANI

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    elements for setting out on a chapt

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    ORGANIZING A CHAPTER OR PAPER ◆ 9

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    ORGANIZING A CHAPTER OR PAPER ◆ 9

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    Next you will need no more than one

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    ORGANIZING A CHAPTER OR PAPER ◆ 1

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    5 Writing Clearly: Style and Refere

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    WRITING CLEARLY ◆ 105 An approxim

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    WRITING CLEARLY ◆ 107 Table 5.1 H

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    WRITING CLEARLY ◆ 109 But with an

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    Constructing paragraphs WRITING CLE

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    WRITING CLEARLY ◆ 113 Some PhD st

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    WRITING CLEARLY ◆ 115 in several

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    ◆ Does the sentence say exactly w

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    WRITING CLEARLY ◆ 119 always want

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    amount of time and attention amongs

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    Choosing a referencing system WRITI

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    less commonplace word processors (s

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    WRITING CLEARLY ◆ 127 ◆ For jou

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    WRITING CLEARLY ◆ 129 passage you

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    WRITING CLEARLY ◆ 131 by the word

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    side-shows there. Endnotes have les

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    Of course, Fowles is pointing out t

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    DEVELOPING YOUR TEXT ◆ 137 known

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    DEVELOPING YOUR TEXT ◆ 139 Produc

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    DEVELOPING YOUR TEXT ◆ 141 not in

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    Later on in your doctorate, when yo

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    DEVELOPING YOUR TEXT ◆ 145 ◆ Do

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    DEVELOPING YOUR TEXT ◆ 147 with t

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    DEVELOPING YOUR TEXT ◆ 149 But it

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    egularly when typing (at least ever

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    The whole calamity of man comes fro

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    But the off-putting and obsessional

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    7 Handling Attention Points: Data,

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    At this point two groups of readers

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    HANDLING ATTENTION POINTS ◆ 161 T

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    HANDLING ATTENTION POINTS ◆ 163 h

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    exhibits are always properly handle

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    HANDLING ATTENTION POINTS ◆ 167 T

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    HANDLING ATTENTION POINTS ◆ 169 t

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    most important principles are: HAND

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    Index of potato production (1997 =

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    (c) Pie chart Equity release from m

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    (e) Grouped bar chart Changing patt

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    (g) Layer chart Percentage 60 50 40

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    HANDLING ATTENTION POINTS ◆ 181 n

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    HANDLING ATTENTION POINTS ◆ 183 F

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    Other techniques for data reduction

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    HANDLING ATTENTION POINTS ◆ 187 S

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    60 50 40 30 20 10 0 • HANDLING AT

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    % saying Blair should be Euro-Presi

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    HANDLING ATTENTION POINTS ◆ 193 d

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    A controls or oversees B? Try and a

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    8 The End-game: Finishing Your Doct

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    a fully integrated thesis, unified

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    THE END- GAME ◆ 201 Theoretically

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    status quo will always seem prefera

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    in the first paragraph of the abstr

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    through how you can reach a ‘say

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    THE END- GAME ◆ 209 your research

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    THE END- GAME ◆ 211 summer vacati

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    THE END- GAME ◆ 213 college of th

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    THE END- GAME ◆ 215 advantages. T

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    The final oral examination (viva) T

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    THE END- GAME ◆ 219 research for

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    THE END- GAME ◆ 221 America these

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    THE END- GAME ◆ 223 can get her t

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    on getting the doctorate. But in ma

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    9 Publishing Your Research What goo

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 229 Th

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 231 co

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 233 Ed

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    But this is still a developing area

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 237 pr

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 239 Of

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    journal editor you are targeting be

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 243 st

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 245 in

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 247 ar

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 249 an

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    authors such permissions to reprodu

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 261 a

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    PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH ◆ 263 wh

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    AFTERWORD ◆ 265 pages and your ow

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    GLOSSARY ◆ 267 argumentative stru

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    GLOSSARY ◆ 269 examiners read the

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    GLOSSARY ◆ 271 Less is more - at

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    GLOSSARY ◆ 273 parsimony - a gene

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    GLOSSARY ◆ 275 Subject, Verb, Obj

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    Notes Opening epigraph ‘All rules

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    Chapter 2 Envisioning the thesis as

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    38. Louis Pasteur, quoted in many w

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    NOTES ◆ 283 11. Anatole France (1

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    NOTES ◆ 285 7. My favourite sourc

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    Further Reading Many people have wr

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    FURTHER READING ◆ 289 Blaise Pasc

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    Index abbreviated references, 129 A

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    examination (final oral), 216-26, 2

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    ‘one-stop look-up’ principle, 1

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    time lags (in finishing), 200, 210-

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