July 12 2011

Navigating the dissertation waters

by Barbie in Uncategorized

Writing your dissertation is an intensive, sometimes overwhelming, experience. Your degree depends on it, and you often dedicate years of research to the project. Working with an editor can help you navigate the tricky dissertation waters. Here are a few tips to help ease the dissertation process:

  • Start with an editor early. If you have to write a dissertation prospectus, start working with an editor on this document. This helps identify any errors early on, which can make your dissertation writing easier. Plus, your dissertation committee will surely be impressed by your well-written, grammatically correct content!
  • Understand your school’s guidelines, and follow them from the start. Most schools publish dissertation manuals, which include detailed formatting instructions for the document. Establish your formatting early on. Formatting is a tedious process, and if you wait until the last minute, you can easily miss a step or two.
  • Version your documents. You will write and likely rewrite chapters of your dissertation. You might submit one version to your committee and another to an editor, and then you have to create a new chapter based on suggestions from both parties. Institute a clear file-naming scheme that indicates the version of the document — include dates or version numbers for clarity.
  • Outsource when you can. Tedious tasks like transcription of interviews or formatting can distract you from the more important tasks, such as research and writing. Carpenter Doc can do these tedious tasks for you, allowing you to focus on the content of your dissertation.