Writing a Dissertation in Educational Research

Introduction

I am at the stage now where I am finally beginning to write my dissertation and have noticed that this again needs a new set of skills. So I have decided to write another post to house the collection of resources I have used as I attempted to do this. This is actually the 5th post I have written which deals with resources I have found on the dissertation journey. I have linked the other three articles below for easy reference.

Setting up Word Documents & Templates

When writing a dissertation you need to have pretty decent word document processing skills and since I didn't really have those when I started I decided to read as many articles as I could and watch any related YouTube videos. The tools I am using are a 2018 Macbook Air with a copy of word for mac installed via my university licence. So because of this a lot of the resources are Mac focused although most can be generalised to the Windows context.
  1. Dissertation Structure & Layout (nice clear article)
  2. How to write a Literature Review in 30 min or less YouTube Video
  3. Creating Word Templates on your Mac Tutorial
  4. Dissertation Template Mixed
  5. Dissertation Template Quantitative
  6. Dissertation Template Qualitative 
  7. Great Dissertation Overall Guide
  8. Getting people to take your dissertation survey
  9. Calculating Cronbach Alpha - to check validity of instrument 
  10. Open University Cronbach Alpha description and explanation - SPSS
  11. MS Word for Mac Thesis Tutorial Video
  12. Great templates for a number of Dissertation formats 
  13. Word Counts for sections of Dissertation ex 1
  14. Word Counts for sections of Dissertation ex 2
  15. Word Counts from Research Gate post
  16. Sources of Research Instruments - Efficacy 
  17. Measuring Collaboration 
  18. Research Design vs Research Methodology discussion

Formatting Tables / Figures of Data / Automatic TOC's

  1. How can I include only part of an image caption in a table of figures in Microsoft Word? - Super
  2. User
  3. 3.4 Figures and Tables – Technical Writing Essentials
  4. List of Figures - Thesis and Dissertation - Research Guides at Sam Houston State University
  5. Creating Run-in Sideheads
  6. Tables - APA 7th Referencing Style Guide - Library Guides at AUT University
  7. Captions for Tables and Figures Changing
  8. How to create list of figures with captions, but using the title only
  9. Add, format, or delete captions in Word - Word
  10. Tables - Tables & Figures - Academic Guides at Walden University
  11. Indenting or Tabbing in a Table Cell in Word; Table Indent; Table Tab - YouTube
  12. Paper Formatting - APA (7th edition) Citation Guide - LibGuides at Santa Fe College
  13. in-text citation contains suddenly the unwanted first name. - Zotero Forums
  14. In-text citation - APA 7th Referencing Style Guide - Library Guides at AUT University
  15. Tables - APA 7th Referencing Style Guide - Library Guides at AUT University
  16. Tables APA 7th edition: What has changed? - YouTube
  17. Headings
  18. Using Fields in Microsoft Word - a Tutorial in the Intermediate Users' Guide to Microsoft Word
  19. How to Change a Document’s Template in Word 2016
  20. How to Customize the Normal Template in Microsoft Office
  21. Thesis Formatting - 4. Writing up your Research - Subject Guides at University of Canterbury
  22. Automatic Table of Contents and Lists - Microsoft Word for Dissertations - Research Guides at University of Michigan Library
  23. Order and Components - Thesis and Dissertation Guide - UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School
  24. Use Word's TOC field to fine-tune your table of contents - TechRepublic
  25. Office Q&A: How to modify Word's TOC field to display specific heading levels - TechRepublic
  26. How to create a table of figures or list of tables with Word 2016 - YouTube
  27. Paper Format
  28. How do you cite and format a free standing quotation (epigraph) at the beginning of a paper in APA (6th edition)? - Ask a Librarian
  29. Tables and Figures in APA Style | Format & Examples
  30. APA Manual 7th Edition: The 17 Most Notable Change

More Resources for Document Formatting 

  1. Adjust the Indentation and Spacing between Numbers and Text in a TOC (Word 2013) – Perrinator.com
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLoHkh6QyPE
  3. Creating Run-in Sideheads
  4. 232 Shortcuts for Microsoft Word 2016 (MacOS)
  5. Understanding Styles in Microsoft Word - A Tutorial in the Intermediate Users Guide to Microsoft Word
  6. How to use, modify, and create templates in Word | PCWorld
  7. Creating and Using Templates - Microsoft Word for Dissertations - Research Guides at University of Michigan Library
  8. How to Create a Template in Microsoft Word
  9. Understanding Styles in Microsoft Word - A Tutorial in the Intermediate Users Guide to Microsoft Word
  10. 5 ways to modify and customize styles in Microsoft Word - TechRepublic
  11. Word 2016: Applying and Modifying Styles
  12. How to create and share custom Style Sheets in Word and PowerPoint | PCWorld
  13. What is the Document Object Model?
  14. Understanding Microsoft Word Formatting of Long Documents
  15. What Is Microsoft Word (Definition)? What Is MS Word Used For? (+Top Features)
  16. Work with text in documents - Visual Studio | Microsoft Docs
  17. Document Object Model - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics
  18. DOM (Document Object Model) - GeeksforGeeks
  19. Deep Dive Into MICROSOFT WORD STYLES (Expert Secrets Revealed!) - YouTube

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