Typically, every master or PhD students have to deal with a significant final assignment, which is a sheer vital project need to be completed independently, sometimes with guidance from a tutor.
Regardless of how intelligent a student is, dissertation writing is literally an arduous task. No matter what type of dissertation you write, and what topic you choose, you require a list of materials to use or refer to gain a deeper knowledge about your research. That’s the point to make things go smooth.
After you commence your research for a dissertation, the materials or the ideas you would like to use from others, you should not reproduce their origin and should cite them clearly giving credit where due using a system of referencing. There are a few formats of citation can be used in formal articles, in general, APA is the most common one:
(1) APA (American Psychological Association) is used by Education, Psychology, and Sciences.
(2) MLA (Modern Language Association) style is used by the Humanities.
(3) Chicago/Turabian style is generally used by Business, History, and the Fine Arts.
Referencing acknowledges sources used in the dissertation such as books, journal articles, stat etc.
It enables the reader to identify and refer to your sources in case they doubt the credibility of the arguments you have put forward.
It makes you to avoid plagiarizing your work which happens when you use any data, theories or proved assumption without accrediting them.
Correct referencing can net you a better grade for your dissertation module as it shows that you have read widely and in addition adds weight to the validity of your arguments.
Four ways to seek references for your dissertation:
These may be printed in which case the university or city library would be your best bet or eBooks which you can look for online on the variety of websites that provide academic books.
These are articles on research topics usually published in popular academic journals and can be found both in libraries and websites.
(3) Internet Search
A search of materials on the Internet can help you gather data and literature related to your topic from reputable websites. A good trick is to enter your search as your research topic terminated by a question mark.
Most dissertations require statistics and facts, especially when stating and justifying your research area. To get this data, gather from sources ranging from annual surveys, financial data, company booklets and libraries among other sources.