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Dissertations in the Library

Links to Dissertations on the Library Catalogue

Dissertations Construction industry--Management

Dissertations Construction law

Dissertations. Planning

Dissertations. Project management

Dissertations. Real Estate - we don't have any yet!


Writing your report

What other help is available?

Skills for Learning offers support on a variety of academic writing skills: report writing, writing skills for international students, literature reviews and time management advice.  See the Skills for Learning website for step by step guidance on how to plan and manage your workload, and how to structure your dissertation.

They also run workshops, bookable via MyHub, on topics such as

  • Word for dissertations and reports
  • Statistics 2 - analysing your data
  • Intermediate SPSS

Other dissertation services

Developing a search strategy

Your search strategy is your plan of action for searching. It is important to ensure that your searching is systematic, and does not omit any potentially useful results. To achieve this, you should consider the following points when forming a search strategy and devising a list of terms to search for:

  • Think of synoyms and alternative search terms for your topic keywords - the essential words which describe your topic.
  • Further deconstruct your keywords - are you sure you have thought of all of the possible ways to describe your topic? It may be helpful to use a thesaurus for clues, or discuss your topic with someone else.
  • Look at the keywords listed in relevant articles. How have previous authors described your subject?
  • Where are you going to search for information? These databases may provide you with some ideas.

Then, when conducting searches, remember that:

  • Academic databases such as Discover have Advanced Search tools, which you can use to target your searching more precisely.
  • You can also add 'Boolean operators' to searches (or use these tools as Advanced Search options), adding AND, OR and NOT between search words to refine your results. NOT is particularly helpful, allowing you to eliminate irrelevant results. For example, you might wish to run a search for 'Animation NOT Disney'.
  • Truncating allows you to search for various different endings of a word by using an asterisk. For example, 'cinema*' will search for cinema, cinematic, cinamtography, cinematographist, etc.
  • By enclosing a phrase within quotation marks you can search for keywords grouped together in a certain order - e.g. "kitchen sink drama".
  • Think too about how to limit your search. Do you want to find only peer-reviewed and scholarly journal articles, or also grey literature? Is your research going to cover a specific time period, such as the last 10 years? Are you applying any geographical limits? Remember that while using Discover, you can use the filters on the left hand side of the results screen (under 'Refine results') to apply any of these limits. Use the help function in other databases to find out how to limit your search in them.

Finally, record the databases you have searched, the search terms you have used and any limits applied - you will need this information to ensure that your searching is systematic and methodical, and then also for writing up your methodology!

Dissertation resources

Guide to Undergraduate Dissertations
Resource developed by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Birmingham to help with social science based dissertations. Includes explanations of what a dissertation involves, how to plan and structure your dissertation, research methods, writing up, and case studies and video clips of lecturers explaining each section, including what they look for in undergraduate dissertations.


Writing your dissertation