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Quick advice about picking a dissertation topic January 14, 2012

Posted by thinkphd in : Dissertation , trackback

You should approach each course with the end in mind – in other words, as you do research for your coursework assignments, carefully review the “implications for research” sections at the ends of journal articles. This will plant seeds in your mind about potential topics for your future dissertation.

In about my third core class, I started a Word doc in which I simply copy/pasted some of the statements I found. I also added some that I found in texts and developed on my own. Then, when it came time to pick a topic, I had hundreds of potentials. I deleted those that did not interest me, and found a “golden thread” among the others. My dissertation topic ended up being something that interested me, but also something that had not been done before.

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