Written for researchers and graduate students writing dissertations, this unique book offers detailed advice and perspective on many issues that can stall a research project and reveals what can be done to successfully resume it. Using a direct yet conversational style, author Paul C. Rosenblatt draws on his decades of experience to cover many diverse topics. The text guides readers through challenges such as clarifying the end goal of a project; resolving common and not-so-common writing problems; dealing with rejection and revision decisions; handling difficulties involving dissertation advisers and committee members; coping with issues of researcher motivation or self-esteem; and much more.

Problems in Deciding What the Research Is About

Many projects stall because it is not clear to the researcher what the research is about. “What am I studying?” “What is the point in terms of knowledge in my field?” “Why am I doing the study this way?” “What was I thinking?” “I gathered this data; now what I am supposed to do with it?” “I thought I knew what I was doing, but now that I am at this place, I know I have to change my thinking, but to what?”

Sometimes an investigator becomes aware of these issues on his or her own and becomes stalled. But sometimes it is only after receiving a rejection from a journal or a grants panel or a ...

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