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Dissertation Writing: Anchor Study Strategy

Dear colleagues,

Many students struggle with trying to figure out what their university requires to complete the dissertation process.  Good news: there is no need to reinvent the wheel: Use an anchor study strategy . . .

An anchor strategy is  you to go to your school’s specific ProQuest Database in the library and find at least 3 (perhaps as many as 6) already completed studies that are similar to yours in some way, approved by your university and the dean.  Perhaps you may find a study similar by topic, by method, design, population etc.  Perhaps you might like their writing style or their APA format as well.  The end goal is that you now have a glimpse into what your university has already approved by using these studies to anchor your writing.  Remember, research does not live in a vacuum; instead, research builds on what has come before (as someone will build on your research someday!).

The goal is not to reinvent the wheel.  Let’s build on recently approved studies by recent graduates (as recent as you can find!) as models for your own studies.  IF you may get stuck regarding a particular section or by the university rubric, you can simply review these anchor studies for additional guidance and ideas to help you move forward in the process.

Continue to focus on these efficiency strategies to work smarter, not harder. See you at graduation!

My best,

Dr. Cheryl Lentz
The Academic Entrepreneur

August 31st, 2016 by admin