10 Recommendations On How To Write A Dissertation In English Literature

A lot of work goes into writing your dissertation. One of the key factors to success is being ultra-organized. How do you do this? Mainly by doing some planning. You need to know what’s expected, how you will fulfill those expectations, and how long it will take you to do it. You will need to plan out and keep to a schedule in order to get it all done on time without feeling too stressed and anxious.

  1. Educate yourself on how to write a dissertation. See what’s available through your school or from trusted sources either published or online.
  2. Make sure you have supervisors you can work with. It’s easier to make a change early in the process than to wait until partway through and have it cause a huge problem. Changing advisors can also cause a delay in finishing your project, which nobody wants to experience.
  3. Make sure you are willing and able to meet the expectations of your supervisor, within their time frame and guidelines. Most excuses for late work will not be accepted, including computer problems. Always keep one or more current backups of your paper throughout the entire process of writing. Backup at the end of each day or after 2 hours of writing. Then if there’s a failure you’ll never lose very much.
  4. Take time writing your thesis or research question. It’s something you will be basing all your work on, so it needs to be just right. Go over it with your advisor and get it approved before you begin working.
  5. For ideas on titles for English literature, visit a university website and browse through previously written papers. Yours must be unique of course, but this can give you a great starting place to hatch your perfect idea.
  6. Technical terms used in a paper must be defined or supported by a reference to another published definition.
  7. You will probably need to follow the MLA style unless stated otherwise by your advisory committee.
  8. Make and follow an outline. The outline must include all the necessary parts of your paper and check off all the requirements. Following an outline will ensure you don’t forget any essential details.
  9. Write your rough draft. Don’t try and write perfectly the first time. Just get your words written. You can fix sentence structure and spelling mistakes later.
  10. Write your final draft using your rough draft as a template. Check with the outline to ensure you didn’t forget anything. After a good edit and proofreading your paper should be complete.
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