How to successfully choose a thesis topic

Your thesis topic not only foreshadows what you will be living with for months but also determines a great deal about your success in academia and in many cases, employment. Choosing a good thesis topic even more stressful for many of us is than the writing! A well-chosen topic that is clear and finely focused helps the writer in planning and outlining the thesis. To put it simply, coming up with a good thesis topic is a victory half won! So, are you wondering how to win that victory? Here are a few tips you should keep in mind when choosing a topic for your thesis. 1. Choose a topic you are interested in. It is in every one’s nature to …

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How to Write a Literature Review

A literature review is an integral part of most theses, of all lengths and across all disciplines. A literature review offers a critical analysis of ‘the literature’ (the body of work) on any particular topic, via identification, classification, comparison, evaluation and synthesis of existing original (or primary) sources, including books and book chapters, journal articles, theses, conference proceedings, government or industry reports and other relevant resources. Because a literature review does not involve novel research or present new findings, it is considered a secondary rather than a primary source. A literature review may have a number of purposes, including: 1. Identify and collate existing research on a topic 2. Build and demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of a topic 3. Evaluate and summarise …

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Shortened Words and Phrases, and Symbols

Some writers may find the correct usage of shortened forms confusing. This does not need to be the case: Once they understand a few basic rules, they can easily use these correctly and consistently. In academic writing, we use three categories of shortened forms: shortened words, shortened phrases and symbols. Let’s take a look at each. Shortened words can be abbreviations or contractions. Understanding the difference between these two types of shortened words is key to avoiding common errors. An abbreviation contains the first letter of a word and one or more other letters, but not the last letter. It always has a full stop immediately after it. For example, the abbreviated form for ‘Victoria’ is ‘Vic.’ with a full stop. If …

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