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The Paper Store integrates a variety of different research resources into their example dissertations, for use as tutorial aids in support of the learning process. Mark Alan Stewart (1999), in his book Real A+ Term Papers, provides an overview of the services of The Paper Store and states that the company provides beneficial research assistance and exemplary documents that help students design their own research studies. Stewart's evaluation of The Paper Store promotes the idea that on-line resources and research assistance are beneficial components of the "teaching-by-example" process and are based in a student-motivated approach to the learning process.

Researchers have stated that both technology and teaching-by-example (also known as "learning-by-example") are beneficial elements in determining the success of learners in higher education. (ETRD, 1994). Markwood and Johnstone (1994), for example, support the use of examples as a new pathway towards educational development, and have also called for the integration of technology. Further, the use of examples through the push for increasing technology in the college setting has also determined a shift in the way educational development is pursued. Clearly, the changing focus of the educational environment promotes the use of technology and variety of learning approaches in order to determine the greatest gains.

Current literature also supports the notion that personal factors have an influence on the development of individual perceptions about "teaching-by-example" in the educational model (Crooks, 1977). In fact, Rutherford and Grana (1995) called for a change in the way faculty view specific technology-based educational tools, calling for changes in both the attitudes and practices related to technology, including the use of exemplary documents in the development of college theses and dissertations. Smith (1990) also stated that collaborative and interactive writing, especially writing techniques that are motivated by learner activity, are beneficial to the writing process. The development of effective communication skills and the practices related to both writing and the use of technology are elements that have shifted approaches to dissertation writing (Rutherford and Grana, 1995). The Paper Store has recognized the shift towards technology-based learning tools and has supported this shift through the availability of on-line support resources including such websites as

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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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