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Table of Contents List of Lists, Tests, Forms and Charts Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: The Doctoral Facts of Life - The Beginning The Odds of Success! Winning the Game - Beating the Odds! What a Dissertation Is The Dissertation Myths - "Once Upon a Time..." What a Dissertation Is Not Determining Your Dissertation Personality Quotient You Can Do It Understanding the Rite of Passage Unlocking the Doctoral Gates Setting the Date for Your Oral Defense and Graduation The Fifty-Day or Twenty-five-Weekend, Two-Semester Dissertation Schedule Summary Chapter 2: Researching Your Committee - The Really Critical Research Project Your Choice/Their Choice The Role of the Dissertation Advisor The Role of Dissertation Committee Members The Non-Roles of the Advisor and Committee - Adjusting the Fantasy to the Reality The Good Advisor/Committee Test and Scoring Key Researching the Pool of Advisors and Committee Members Selecting Your Advisor and Committee Care Instructions for Advisors and Committee Members Summary Chapter 3: Selecting a Dissertation Topic The "Right Topic" Selection Criteria - Forget Interesting, Go for Tolerably Non-Boring To Experiment or Not to Experiment? "Recommendations for Further Study" - A Gold Mine of Topics Using Your Current Career to Facilitate Your Dissertation Advancing Your Career Potential Quotient by Selecting the Right Topic Selecting a Topic that Someone Else Wants Researched - Free Resources Summary Chapter 4: Spending Money and Using the 21st Century to Your Advantage Dissertation Costs or the Longer it Takes the More it Costs Word Processing, Form, and "Connie Comma" You Are a Researcher - Use the Phone, Hop a Plane The Statistical Guru - a First Stop To Quit, to Take a Leave, to Take a Sabbatical, to Work? Paid and Free Per Diem Assistants Finding Someone to Pay You to Do Your Dissertation The Editor Remedial Action - When Your Advisor Moves or You Have to Move The Paid or Reliable Volunteer "Nudge" Summary Chapter 5: Designing Your Dissertation and Preparing the Prospectus and Proposal Designing the Dissertation Are They Related or Are They Different, What is the Question? What Are You Not Going to Ask - Limiting the Study The General Design of the Study The What and How of Data Collection Determining How You Will Get the Answers Getting the Answers - Decisions about Collecting Data Analyzing Your Data - The Oversimplified Statistical Decision Guidelines Determining How Your Conclusions Will Be Drawn Why Do It - Building the Rationale Preparing the Initial Proposal Prospectus The Proposal Format Planning the Advisor/Advisee Proposal Interaction Summary Chapter 6: Writing the Dissertation - Twenty Workdays to Go! Getting Organized for the Final Push Planning the Final Attack - You Can Do More Than One Thing at A Time Twenty Days to Done! Touching Base with the University, Your Advisor, Your Committee Getting Step-by-Step Advisor and Committee Approval - Surprises Are for Birthdays Summary Chapter 7: Defending The Dissertation - Two Hours To Doctor! Variations on the Theme The Successful Defense Predicting the Questions to be asked in the Defense Preparing the Answers for Your Defense A Last Look at the Competition The Final Preparation The Defense - Listen, Respond, Shut-Up Summary Chapter 8: Celebrating, the Last Revision, Post-Partum Depression Celebrating the Blessed Event The Last Revision Post-Partum Depression Summary References About the Author
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Dissertations, Academic -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Report writing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.