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Dissertations and Projects

Please refer to the Research Skills tab if you require help developing your search strategy. During your studies, you may have to produce an independent research project, dissertation, thesis, or other lengthy piece of academic work. This tab offers generally applicable information to help you, supplementing the directions of your Tutor or Supervisor with details of the resources and support available from the Library.

Remember to use Discover to search for useful books and journal articles to support your studies.

How can I find past dissertations, theses and projects in the Library?

Where course teams feel that it would be useful, the Library retains some previous dissertations and theses. Even if there is not a previous piece of work on your exact topic, you may still find it useful to consult the methodology or literature review chapters of other projects - You may just wish to see how other scholars have structured and presented their work.

Dissertations and theses can be found on Discover:

Where can I find other past theses, dissertations and projects?

What other help is available?

Remember, if you are unsure about anything, you should check with your dissertation supervisor.

However, if necessary you can also book an appointment with your Academic Librarian (contact details above) who can offer advice on how to find relevant resources including journal articles, statistics and more. 

Skills for Learning offer support on a variety of relevant academic study skills - from reading strategies and IT skills to time management and academic writing. Their website has step by step guidance on planning your workload and structuring your dissertation, while in term time they also run workshops on a range of useful topics. 

If you need a book or article which we don't have in stock, and are a postgraduate or final year undergraduate student, you can request it using the inter-library loans box in the Library tab of MyBeckett.

Useful software

The statistical analysis software SPSS can be downloaded from MyBeckett.

Leeds Beckett students can also access Microsoft Office 365 for free