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How to Choose and Narrow Down Dissertation Topics

The dissertation is an animal unto itself, and unlike any other paper you have written during the course of your academic career, or will write at any point in the future. It is a large and important project, to say the least. That being said, it is entirely up to you to select a good topic.

But how can you choose and narrow down dissertation topics?

  1. You can start by looking over old courses you have taken. Look over the lectures and review the textbooks, if you still have them. Look specifically at the headings and the subheadings throughout the chapters. These can help you find something that is fitting to your interests and your dissertation. You can look for areas that you briefly studied but want to study further. You can find something that is of personal interest to you. Finding a topic from sources you already have gives you a leg up with regard to finding sources. You will need to locate a great deal of support literature, but if your topic idea springs up from an existing textbook or course, you will have a great many resources at your disposal that can be used in your writing.
  2. You want to make sure you have a handful of potential topics at the start. The next step is to search for each of them online, for no more than fifteen minutes, to see what information exists and whether there are adequate academic sources to support your dissertation. You may find that one of your potential topics is very popular online, with many websites offering opinions and undocumented sources, but none that are reputable or academic. This will simply not do. So you will have to try another topic.
  3. You should verify with your advisor as to whether the topic is acceptable. They should review your topic long before you start writing and if they approve, then it is up to you to get started. But if they do not approve, then you will need to keep trying.
  4. Remember that the dissertation is quite long, and that means a rudimentary topic or analysis will not suffice in filling the page requirements. You will need to refine your topic enough that it fits within the scope of the project, but also make sure it is not so large that you cannot get into a real analysis.

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Key Notes

Key notes to remember when crafting your PhD paper is to always be aware of who your audience is and the direction you are trying to go with it. A lot of people make mistakes by randomly writing and not giving much thought beforehand.