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‘Written in an authoritative and accessible style, this is a must-read for anyone planning, researching and writing a doctoral thesis or dissertation. I will certainly be recommending this book to my research students.’- Professor Goeffrey Elliott, University of Worcester‘Paul’s book was a lifeline during my doctorate: it is now the first book that I recommend for my research students! His book is easily accessible, full of practical advice, and provides useful study strategies to carefully guide you - this third edition is a valuable asset wherever you are on your doctoral journey.’- Dr Scott Buckler, University of WorcesterBased on his extensive experience as a successful thesis supervisor, Paul Oliver shows you how to turn your notes and data into a finished thesis or dissertation.Fully up-to-date ...

The Intellectual Content of the Thesis
The Intellectual Content of the Thesis

This chapter deals with strategies for writing about the academic content of a thesis. You will learn about the role of the thesis in making an original contribution to knowledge, and consider the incorporation of data within the thesis. We explore some of the fundamental philosophical terms which may be employed, and discuss strategies for integrating them in the text. Finally, you will learn about different approaches to the presentation of arguments and claims to knowledge.

Study Strategies
  • Keep a record of phrases which academic writers use to express the provisional nature of their findings. You will find such phrases in theses, research-based books and academic journal articles. Analyse such phrases, and then try ...
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