Writing skills in nursing and healthcare : a guide to completing successful dissertations and theses / Dena Bain Taylor.Material type: TextPublisher: London : Sage Publications, 2014Description: viii, 166 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781446247464; 1446247465; 9781446247471; 1446247473.Subject(s): Nursing -- Authorship -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Dissertations, Academic -- Handbooks, manuals, etcDDC classification: 808.06/661
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction to the Post-graduate Student Experience -- About this book -- The dissertation models used in this book -- What is the role of writing in post-graduate studies? -- What degree do you want? -- Masters-level programmes -- Doctoral-level programmes -- Why some succeed and others do not -- Starting the right way -- 2. Developing the Supervisory Relationship and Opportunities for Funding -- What and who is a supervisor? -- Choosing a supervisor -- What to discuss during your initial meetings -- The time to ask questions is now... -- Working with your supervisor: a mid-programme reality check -- Questions to ask yourself -- What to do if problems arise... -- Money never hurts: ten tips for funding applications -- 3. Critical Reading and Writing: Essential Strategies -- Build your bibliography -- Annotated (critical) bibliography -- The active reading process for a journal article -- Questions to ask about each article you are reading -- Final suggestions -- Types of literature you will be reading -- Scholarly literature -- Grey literature -- Primary vs. secondary literature -- Professional literature -- Strategies for the writing process -- Procrastination, writer's block and other barriers -- 4. The Thesis Proposal -- Introduction -- Do this first -- The special role of the table of contents -- First chapter: the problem -- Defining the problem and its significance -- Second chapter [s]: the literature review -- Deciding on the theoretical framework -- Third chapter: methodology -- Conclusion: the contribution of your work -- Getting ethical approval -- 5. Writing and Editing the Thesis -- Managing a long document -- Revising your work -- Tone and diction -- Unity -- Coherence -- Emphasis -- Paragraphing -- Editing your work -- Clear writing -- Concise writing -- Precise writing -- An editing exercise -- 6. Writing the Introduction Chapter -- Structure -- Background: defining the problem and its significance -- Reviewing current approaches -- The study purpose and contribution -- Final note: overviews, summaries, and where to include them -- 7. Searching and Evaluating the Literature -- Purpose and argument of a comprehensive review -- Searching the literature -- Step number one: get to know the librarians -- The search process -- The value of tracking citations -- Evaluating quantitative (QN) and qualitative (QL) research -- The parts of a quantitative research article and what to look for -- The parts of a qualitative research article and what to look for -- 8. Writing Up Your Literature Review -- Introducing the review -- The body of the review -- Structuring the body -- Learning to `speak citation': the discourse of citations -- Verbs and their persuasive power -- The importance of qualifying -- Describing the evidence -- Concluding the review -- 9. Writing Up the Methods, Results and Final Chapters -- Methods in quantitative research -- Methodology and analysis in qualitative research -- Writing up the results of quantitative research -- Tables and figures -- Writing up the results of qualitative research: developing a voice -- Discussion: positioning yourself in the field -- Combining results with discussion -- The special case of the publication thesis -- Conclusions and other final bits -- 10. Disseminating Your Work: Presentations and Conferences -- Conferences and career advancement -- A brief guide to the abstract -- What is an abstract? -- What goes into an abstract? -- Tips on writing an abstract -- Effective presentations -- Visual supports -- Poster design -- Poster writing style -- Visual elements of posters -- Presenting your poster -- PowerPoint -- PowerPoint design -- PowerPoint presentations -- Don't forget to breathe: useful tips on oral presentation -- `Locating' your presentation -- Preparing to deliver -- How to perform -- Notes for multilingual speakers -- Group presentations -- 11. Disseminating Knowledge Through Publication -- Introduction -- Why publish? -- When to publish? -- What to publish? -- Who is the audience? -- Authorship -- The publication process -- Choosing a journal -- Impact factors and citations (for better or worse...) -- Querying an editor -- The cover letter -- Submitting the manuscript -- Initial screening -- The review process -- A note about rejection -- Responding to a reviewer's comments -- Working with an editor -- Publication times -- 12. Pulling into the Station: Final Tasks -- Out of the tunnel but not in the station... the final elements -- Checking for mechanical consistency -- Submitting the thesis -- The viva/defense.