Dissertation Hypothesis:

The importance of the thesis or dissertation in the educational experience of the undergraduate or graduate student should not be underestimated. College professors view the dissertation as a cumulative effort : representative of the entirety of the educational experience. The quality of the dissertation is measured on a number of different criteria : including format, consistency, language development, source quality and overall presentation. Even simple errors in this kind of a document can mean the difference between a publishable dissertation and a document quickly dismissed and not given a second look.

For decades, undergraduate and graduate students have been challenged by the researching and formatting requirements of theses and dissertations. These students have sought the help of inaccessible professors, busy librarians and unskilled research assistants, with varied successes. The most difficult elements of developing a dissertation include understanding the formatting, creating effective bibliographies and collecting and summarizing valuable research documents to provide support for the hypothesis posited in the author's introduction.

The Problem Statement

Pursuing a PhD or creating a solid masters thesis can be difficult processes. For those without access to a variety of resources and resource ideas, the research process alone can take weeks or even months. At the same time, the formatting of sources and the documenting of summarized information is difficult to do correctly. Confusion over the use of parenthetical citations, endnotes, footnotes, APA or MLA styles and standard APA dissertation formats can create difficulties even for the most knowledgeable students. Creating a bibliography that shows the appropriate format and that corresponds with in-text citations is a common issue raised in the process of writing a theses dissertations.

Educators have recognized that the writing process can benefit substantially from the use of examples to assist the learner in creating their own work, especially when a research study must meet a particular format criteria. Learning by example is an emerging technique that focuses on the benefits for undergraduate and graduate students from viewing existing theses or dissertations as models for their own work. The use of model dissertations is a common practice promoted by many educators and helps to demonstrate what is expected and acceptable in the writing of an individual's own thesis or dissertation.

Research Questions / Hypothesis

  1. How can I get help with a thesis or dissertation, when I've never written one before?
  2. How can I learn about an APA style dissertation and learn to write one?
  3. How can "teaching-by-example" or "learning-by-example" provide me with a good approach to developing the hypothesis of my study?
  4. How has technology improved the way "teaching-by-example" occurs?
  5. What company provides solid research assistance and examples of thesis and dissertations on a variety of topics?

The research hypotheses for this study are: H(1) students can see significant improvements in the quality of their theses and dissertations through the use of examples; and H(2) "teaching by example" is a beneficial technique that is enhanced by the use of technology.

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Chapter One:  Hypothesis

The hypothesis section of any thesis or dissertation generally sets up the "problem" to ...
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Chapter Two:  Literature Review

Chapter 2, known as the Literature Review, is where most of a dissertation's sources ...
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Chapter Three:  Methodology

The layout of a dissertation's methodology section varies greatly depending upon the type of ...
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Chapter Four:  Discussion

In Chapter 4, the "Discussion" section, students must perform a critical analysis of their study's ...
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Chapter Five:  Conclusions

Many consider the fifth & final chapter of the dissertation or thesis to be its most important ...
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Correct use of the APA style for the in-text citing of sources is often crucial to ...
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