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Writing your Dissertation or Extended Project

By Newcastle University

Working on your dissertation or extended project can be very rewarding. It’s an opportunity to explore topics that you have chosen, and to take your academic skills and confidence to the next level. 

But working on a dissertation or an extended project can also be challenging. It’s probably the most independent piece of academic work you’ve done so far, and this means it can be hard to know if you’re doing it right. 

Don’t worry, though. We’ve created a collection of resources for dissertations and extended projects to support you, and these tips and resources from the Academic Skills Team will help you get started, stay focused, and make progress. 

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  • Writing an effective proposal means tutors can give you useful feedback at an early stage. Use our Proposal Planner Tool to develop your initial ideas. 
  • It can be hard to know where to begin searching for information, but your subject guide is the best place to start. 
  • Tutors want to see you thinking critically about your topic, so check out our resources on critical thinking. 

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  • When you’ve done plenty of reading, try mapping the literature to make sense of how it all fits together. 

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  • Editing should be about much more than just checking for typos. Use these tried and tested editing strategies to make it your best work. 

Completing your dissertation or extended project is a marathon, not a sprint, so explore the resources and support that are available to you through the Library.