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
We’ve discussed already the importance of literature to your dissertation, so make sure not to leave any gaps in your search. In particular make sure that you’ve considered a range of relevant sources, and that you’ve explored all of the relevant databases in the Library’s E-resources Guide.
You should consider how data and statistics might add to the context of your research. Could you, for example, use published statistics to compare against the findings from your own research? Perhaps you could analyse an existing dataset as part of your methodology? If nothing else, statistics can be useful in your introduction to set the scene and, perhaps, to justify the need for research in that particular area. Check the Datasets and statistics category in the E-resources Guide to start your data exploration.
As well as the existing materials in the Library’s online and printed collections, you have a range of other options to get hold of the material that you need. Why not:
Take a trip to the British Library at Boston Spa, where you can access their vast collections? See the Library website for more information and to book a place on our free minibus.
See if there is a university library near your vacation address where you might be able to access resources? We’re part of a scheme called SCONUL Access, which gives you access to use resources at lots of other universities in the UK.
Explore the unique and fascinating items held within the Borthwick Institute for Archives? Explore their website or pop into the Archives to ask what collections might be relevant to your topic.
Request items not held in the Library through the free Interlending service? We’ll get a copy of what you need from another library on your behalf.
Ask the Library to purchase books which you would like to use in your dissertation? We’ll usually be happy to order new items, unless they’re particularly expensive; it’s always worth asking! Contact your department’s Academic Liaison Librarian to make a request; you can find their contact details on the relevant Subject Guide.