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.
Stalled Because of a Shortage of Resources
Some research projects become stalled because the available resources are (or seem to be) inadequate to move the project forward. The resources in short supply might be money, information, research personnel (or good enough research personnel), adequate methods records, time, energy, focus, or good enough data. What can a researcher do if stopped because of a resource shortage?
There are projects that cannot possibly be done without research funds, but some projects that seem initially to fall into that category can still be done. For example, psychologist Fritz Heider wrote about how much his work on the extremely influential book, The Psychology of Interpersonal Relations (1958), was ...