The Dissertation/Thesis Research Process: Still Need Help?

This guide is designed for both new and current graduate students developing their thesis or dissertation. The purpose of this guide is to help students 1.prepare, 2.conduct and 3.complete their thesis/dissertation process successfully.

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Dissertation Research Assistance


  1. Your first two chapters should be written to create the reader's interest in your work. 
  2. This is where you introduce readers to your topic with background information and definitions
  3. Not all of your readers will be from your college or subject discipline and will not be familiar with your research topic.
  4. Look for  frequently cited works by well known authors on your topic or similar topics to use as comparisons in your discussion/results
  5. Include statistics and data provided by professional and government organizations
  6. The last chapters of your dissertation/thesis focus on your actual research which you need to discuss and summarize.
  7. In your conclusion support your recommendations or predictions with journal articles that discuss trends and solutions concerning your research.

Need Help with the doctoral research process?



     Adwoa Boateng Ed.D

   College of Science/ College of Health Sciences & Technology

    Science Librarian, Library Liaison

St John Fisher College - Education Doctorate in Executive Leadership graduate

For assistance :

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  2. Use the IM chat box on my online guides
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I have worked in a variety of environments with different types of professionals, which enables me to understand processes and to help you with your literature review and research.

As a lab technician I worked on projects with engineers, scientists , OSHA/regulatory personnel, sales managers involved with quality control and new product development in laboratories at General Electric and Corning Inc.  

As a technical information scientist and library manager, I conducted Information research projects at Corning, Bausch @ Lomb and Xerox for engineers, scientists, marketing/sales, OSHA and regulatory personnel.

As a Business Services analyst , I was participated in information technology projects at the USPTO,-EDS and Xerox.

At RIT, as an academic instructor and COS/CHST library liaison, I assist students, faculty and staff with their research projects linking them to relevant information resources, tools, data and services.

I look forward to assisting you.

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