A Simple Manual For Composing A Dissertation In The Humanities


“Humanities” is a broad term that encompasses many different subjects from languages to music. There are even a few subjects that seem to venture into the social sciences. Nonetheless, a great deal can be learned within them through the process of research and dissertation writing. If you have reached this stage in the completion of your degree and need some help, this simple manual should do the trick.


  • Know your subject area inside and out
  • Writing any project with incomplete knowledge is a pain and a dissertation is so much more in-depth than other assignments. Pay attention and take good notes. If your subject requires much reading, like History, waiting until the last semester to learn anything is a recipe for disaster.


  • Pay close attention to topic Selection
  • There are topics that are very appealing to over achievers but impractical within the available time-frame. It may be disheartening to give up on being very impressive but if you cannot make it, admit this early and select something simple at the start.


  • Access adequate research material
  • The paper you are creating cannot be based on your opinion alone. You must refer to the works of others as well as credible research in order to prove your points. Have these available early so you know what you can or cannot access and can make necessary substitutions.


  • Learn the required writing style
  • You will probably have to use the MLA style. Do not take my word for it, however. Ask your professor to confirm this just in case he or she requires another style or a modified version of the MLA that you haven’t considered.


  • Get sample papers from exceptional research students
  • These will not necessarily be sourced directly from those students themselves. Your professor should have access to one or two (maybe more). The best thing about those your professor lends you is that they show what he is partial to. Follow them like a template and you have to do well.


  • Submit before the deadline if possible
  • This is a great option wherever it is available. Bu submitting early you may be able to get feedback and then submit again at the actual deadline so that you get an even better grade. Some professors will not accommodate you in this way so be prepared for both negative and positive responses when you ask in advance.

Set goals and reward yourself.

As you work on your project you should have goals in place to motivate you to finish in a timely manner. As you complete parts of your work you are getting closer to finishing your work according to your schedule. Maybe you can entice yourself to finish sooner if something was waiting for you upon completion. Make it something fun and enjoyable. It helps if it is something you may not usually enjoy. Make things interesting to encourage yourself to finish faster. You can at least consider trying to get your work done a week or so before your deadline.

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