As stated on the previous page, the following resources are designed to complement the support and advice of Academic Schools and Departments. Please follow your department's guidelines and only use the materials offered here to supplement these.
Note: resources are listed here in the order in which you are likely to find them useful, moving from 'what is a dissertation?' to 'what is the purpose of research proposals?'
University of Nottingham resources
What is a Dissertation?
Generic differences between undergraduate, masters and research dissertations
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Dissertation guidelines from different departments
Extracts from guidelines about requirements for their department’s dissertations
Checklist for choosing a topic
Feasibility factors and marking criteria – comparing potential of different topic ideas
Using spider diagrams/mind-maps to narrow down dissertation topics
Issues to bear in mind when choosing a research topic
E.g. topic choice restrictions, availability of supervisors, department expectations etc.
Choosing a research topic - key points
Factors to help you produce a suitable dissertation
Choosing a research topic - worksheet
How to develop a descriptive idea into an analytical question
What is the purpose of research proposals?
The uses and possible structure of research proposals
All-purpose tool for research writing
This tool can help write a paper, presentation, poster, report, chapter, or thesis. It may be used before you write, as a planning tool; as you write, as a drafting tool; as you revise your writing, as an editing tool; after you have written, as an evaluation tool. This is part of the Write your research blog.
Anthony Haynes, Write your research blog
Tool for telling your research story
A more informal tool to help clarify research writing, also from the Write your research blog
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