Tables in your dissertation

Dissertations and theses often include tables. One advantage of tables is that they allow you to present data in a clear and concise manner without having to provide a lengthy explanation in the text. This is particularly helpful in sections such as your results chapter.

The steps presented below will help to ensure that any tables you use in your dissertation follow the basic rules and standards.

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Email contact with your dissertation supervisor

How to best approach your dissertation supervisor via email can vary by supervisor. For example, some supervisors are fine with being addressed by their first name, while others would prefer that you only use their title and surname.

We have developed a number of guidelines that will help you to come across as being as professional and serious as possible, regardless of the different preferences that your supervisor has concerning emails from students.

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How do you incorporate an interview into a dissertation?

You have performed qualitative research for your dissertation by conducting interviews that you now want to include: how do you do that? Chances are that this was never explained to you and you don’t know what is expected. That’s why in this article we describe how interviews can be included in for instance the conclusion section of your dissertation and how they can be referenced.

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How do you determine the quality of a journal article?

In the theoretical framework of your thesis, you support the research that you want to perform by means of a literature review. Here, you are looking for earlier research about your subject. These studies are often published in the form of scientific articles in journals (scientific publications).

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How do you read a scientific article?

A scientific article in a journal or scientific publication, if you have little research experience, can seem to be a difficult and complicated text. However, most scientific articles have a clear structure to make reading them just that much easier.

By reading a scientific article in a structured manner, you can better determine if it’s relevant and useful for your dissertation. In this (non-scientific) article, we explain how you should read a scientific article.

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Footnotes in a dissertation

The use of footnotes in your dissertation can sometimes be complicated. Certain studies have strict requirements for the use of footnotes, while other studies leave you free to choose whether or not to use footnotes.

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Influential academic journals

When writing your dissertation it is important that you use good and reliable sources. It is generally agreed upon that articles from most scientific journals are excellent sources for your dissertation, thesis or essay. But do you know what journals are the most credible?

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