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Dissertation Writing Kit

Dissertation Writing Kit

Dissertation or project looming? Not a clue where to start? Why not try the mondofacto dissertation writing kit. Our topics will guide you through all the stages of dissertation writing - from understanding what research is to the final proofread and edit, and everything in between.

Remember: you will find a wide range of other topics on our study skills pages to help you with all aspects of studying at university.

1. How to start research at university

This topic aims to give you a grounding in the basics you'll need to start researching at university. Virtually every assignment you complete will need to be thoroughly researched, and there's a good chance you'll carry out some research of your own during the course of your degree, as many students do a dissertation or a research project.

2. How to write your literature review

Not a clue what a literature review is, but need to write one? Have a vague idea what a literature review is, but don't know how to write one? Written literature reviews before, and looking for some tips to help you improve? Whatever your circumstances, we hope you find something in this topic to help you write a great literature review with the minimum pain.

3. How to write your dissertation

Many university courses require you to complete a dissertation, thesis or research project. As an undergraduate, this is probably the first time you have had to undertake a project of this size, and it can seem daunting. This topic gives advice on writing up the sections of your dissertation, thesis or project - from the introduction to the discussion.

4. How to reference

Referencing: you know you have to do it, but it's a real chore. We will try to demystify the process and help you to feel more confident about referencing. We're going 'back to basics', so if you're not confident about referencing this is the topic for you.

5. How to write an abstract

An abstract is an integral part of any project, dissertation or thesis, as it provides a 'shop window' where you 'sell' your research to potential readers. Your abstract needs to tell readers what you did, why you did it, what you discovered, and why this matters - all in a couple of hundred words. This topic will help you to write an abstract with all the vital ingredients.

6. How to improve at proofreading and editing

Proofreading and editing are, sadly, often neglected, but they are vital parts of the writing process. Perhaps unsurprisingly, you'll always get a better mark for carefully proofread and edited work than for handing in a rambling, unstructured, poorly punctuated piece of writing that's riddle with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors!