During my dissertation process, I struggled greatly in writing the proposal, the prospectus, and many of my chapters. In addition to interpretational and theological difficulties, a lack of full understanding about a number of key elements concerning writing a dissertation made my task very challenging.
In answer to my prayers and the prayers of many others, God greatly helped me to progress by directing me to the best book that I have ever read concerning research writing: A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 7th Edition, by Kate L. Turabian. Had this book been available to me before I ever began writing my dissertation, I would have had far less difficulty with the process than I did. Moreover, the quality of my entire dissertation would have been much better.
Reading Part I of the book, Research and Writing: From Planning to Production, helped me immensely in understanding better what I needed to do to write a dissertation properly. I read it thoroughly at least once and skimmed it at least two other times.
I wish that I had had this work before I ever began college. It would have saved me so much grief over the years.
Anyone who wants to do any kind of research writing well should consider reading Part I of this book several times. I also recommend that anyone who wants to do well in high school and college in any academic subject should make good use of this superb resource.
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