4 Places To Get A Proper Dissertation Example Without Effort
You do not have to spend much time in search of a proper dissertation example. Choose any of these four places to discover the ones that will best meet your needs in a matter of minutes.
- Your university library.
- Your advisor’s archive.
- Your local library.
- The Internet.
Many universities store all submitted dissertations, either in their online library database or a special repository. Browse your library catalogue to discover the previous papers in your subject area, or simply ask a question to the librarian. The library staff can also help you pick the examples that you can make the best use of, e. g. those that are closest by topic. Considering formatting, any dissertations successfully defended in your faculty are sure to have it right.
Your advisor might store a few previously submitted dissertations as examples of best practice. Simply ask whether he or she has any. If you obtain a sample from your advisor, you can be sure that this paper meets all requirements, including faculty-specific guidelines. The downside is that you might not be able to use this example as your template as it is probably available in hard copy only. However, it is useful to read anyway, in order to get a feel of what your advisor and faculty members appreciate.
Local libraries as a source of information are often underestimated today, but they still can be useful even at the age of the Internet. Best dissertations in any area get published as books, and they are not usually available for free on the Web. However, you can easily obtain them from a local library, either in print or digital form. Ask a librarian whether they have any published dissertations in your field, or browse the electronic catalogue. These examples are not to be used as your formatting guide (in print books, requirements are much different), but you can be sure that their content and choice of sources are up to the highest standards.
Almost all dissertations submitted in the last few decades are available online for free, in legal and safe repositories that belong to educational or governmental organizations. However, you might not wish to visit every database and search it for relevant examples. In order to make most of your time, begin with running a modified search engine such as Google Scholar or OpenDOAR. Put your topic or area of interest into the search engine line. The modified tool will run a search across all repositories, and yield direct links to the papers that might interest you.