James C. Moore, Ph. D. offers dissertation / thesis help and assistance in all phases of the dissertation / thesis research process. His experience represents nearly 40 years of working with graduate students on their dissertation / thesis. If you are just getting started, Dr. Moore can help find a dissertation topic, design a dissertation study, and prepare a dissertation proposal. If you are already conducting your study, he can work with you on the statistical analysis, interpretation, and writing of the dissertation results. Assistance is personalized and his client load is kept small to ensure prompt and in-depth service.
THE RESEARCH PROCESS
The dissertation / thesis process involves several stages - writing the proposal, getting the proposal approved, the conduct of the study, writing the dissertation or thesis, and finally, getting the document approved.
Although there are variations, doing dissertation and thesis research can be represented by the tasks outlined below.
Getting Started (The Proposal)
Finding a topic
Reviewing the literature
Stating the problem
Developing the research question(s)
The research hypothesis
Participants and sampling
Getting Finished (The Dissertation/Thesis)
Preparing the data for analysis
Data entry and screening
Conducting the statistical analyses
Interpreting the results
Final technical editing
Identifying a topic and then making it researchable is the first and most difficult stage in doing research. The failure to complete this stage is a major reason why many people never complete their graduate program -- the well-known ABD (All But Dissertation) degree.
Identifying a dissertation topic is especially difficult for first time researchers, which is what most graduate students are. If you do not have experience, interest, and training in doing research, or the opportunity to "plug into" someone else's research program you may find yourself floundering. Fortunately, there are specific procedures that can help you identify a topic.
It is recommended that before you embark on the formal research proposal that you receive approval for your research idea based on a pre-proposal. The pre-proposal is a short document that outlines what you wish to do and how you might go about it. It is then presented to your advisor for feedback. The pre-proposal is time well spent. Once approved, it will give you confidence about your idea and will serve as the basis for preparing the more formal and detailed proposal. You can be certain, whether it is a pre-proposal, or the full proposal it will need a number of revisions.
Our assistance is shortened in the event your topic has already been approved. You may have produced several revisions and need overall assistance or help with specific aspects of the proposal. For example, help with the sections on sampling or statistical procedures.
Many of our clients have had their proposals accepted, conducted the procedures, and have collected data before contacting us. Their needs are generally concerned with the analysis of data that has already been collected. When we perform the statistics, the results are accompanied by an interpretive write-up related to the hypotheses that were proposed. Our objective is to see that you understand what was done and feel comfortable with your presentation.
We also help with other problems. You may be having difficulty with organizing the findings, understanding feedback from your advisor/committee, or any number of things that might emerge. For example, in finishing the dissertation it is important to revise and edit the substance of the document to ensure that it is consistent from chapter to chapter. In most cases the proposal, although detailed, serves only as a guideline for the entire study. Thus, once the results, conclusions, and recommendations are written it is important to make revisions throughout the entire document.
The final document represents you, your committee, and institution. It is expected that it will meet technical writing criteria not concerned with the substance of the research. This important type of editing is focused on the format, writing style (i.e., APA), grammar, punctuation, and the specific requirements of your institution. In addition to our contact address below, an excellent resource for technical editing is provided should that be your need.
Should you wish to explore our service the following scenario usually takes place.
You contact us via e-mail. We then correspond back and forth a few times and discuss your situation and needs. Our fee procedure is explained during this time. This process gives you the opportunity to ask questions and receive clarification. There is no fee while we are both deciding if we can be of help.
Jill S. Eastwood offers comprehensive editorial support on a global basis. She has facilitated rapid, cost-effective completion for hundreds of graduate students; offers ongoing publication support to grads and faculty; and has specialized expertise in both APA and Turabian, as well as all other major writing styles. See her Web site at www.jeastwood.com