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Dissertation Subject Guide

including systematic reviews, literature reviews and scoping reviews

Good Advice

Here are a list of good hints and tips when writing your dissertation:

  • Go by the guidance on your module
  • Connect with your supervisor, librarians, colleagues and other students
  • Look at similar reviews on your topic to get ideas
  • Don't try to do too much (or too little!) Do individual and step-by-step tasks and then it won't seem so overwhelming
  • Don't procrastinate
  • Remember to schedule some time away from dissertation. You will feel refreshed when you return to the work.
  • When writing - be clear, be concise, be specific and be organised

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Get some inspiration

Have a look at these resources to help you get started and keeping on track:

Botten, E.L. (2012) ‘Writing your dissertation: where to start’, British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing), 21(22), pp. 1323–1323. doi:10.12968/bjon.2012.21.22.1323.

Jones, P. (2016) ‘Writing your dissertation: a survival guide’, British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing), 25(19), pp. 1044–1044. doi:10.12968/bjon.2016.25.19.1044.

Roush, K. (2019) A nurse’s step-by-step guide to writing a dissertation or scholarly project. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Winstanley, C. (2009) Writing a dissertation for dummies. UK ed. Chichester: Wiley.