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Category: Research Tips and Tricks
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By Stacey Elsasser, EdD
Faculty, College of Doctoral Studies

When you are starting doctoral research literature for your dissertation or one of your doctoral degree courses, you may feel overwhelmed or like you do not know where to begin. You may also wonder about the kind of literature for which you should be looking.

Here are a few factors to consider when researching and evaluating literature:

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By Kathleen Laity, PhD
Office of Dissertations Senior Research Specialist, College of Doctoral Studies

Perhaps you heard it in the military as I did: Plan your work, and work your plan.

It’s been in use a long time and in a number of different settings. The advice speaks to taking on a project of any size, from cleaning your house to writing a dissertation.

Planning your work includes what’s to be done, the sequence in which to do it and most importantly how to do it.  The rest is execution.

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By Wayne Schmidt, PhD
Doctor of Education Chair, College of Doctoral Studies

We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s not over ‘til ________.” Several concluding phrases might be, “it’s over,” “I say it is” or “the fat lady sings.” I will put one more on the list that might be a new to you:

It’s not over ‘til you’ve thought about it.

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