Manage your time effectively
Specify a clear research question
Understand your research methodology
Construct a comprehensive search strategy
Engage critically with the literature
Leave no stone unturned in your search for resources
Think carefully about how to structure your argument
Write with an analytical style
Make the most of Word
Seek help when you need it
In this guide we have explored a range of tips to guide you through the process of scoping, researching and writing your dissertation. Although there will almost certainly be moments of stress along the way, you’ll be able to look back on the process and feel proud of accomplishing such an exhaustive piece of research.
It’s therefore important that you don’t forget about the dissertation afterwards and let it gather dust - tempting as it may be never to think about it again! You could, for example, use it in job applications and interviews as an example of your time management and writing skills, or look for ways to publish it more widely.
Remember that, as well as the guidance in these tips, there are lots of books in the University Library about writing dissertations. Many of these are focused on specific subjects or sections of the dissertation, such as the literature review. Search YorSearch to see what is available to suit your topic, or try the following examples. Note that these references are written in the UoY Harvard style.
Here are some more books to explore:
View a PDF list of the books mentioned in this section using the link below.
The advice in this guide is not specific to any single department. If you are in any doubt about how to proceed with your dissertation, be sure to refer to guidelines from your department or speak to your dissertation supervisor.