Purpose: Doctoral Students at Carroll may find this page helpful to get to information they will want about topics relevant to their programs and projects:

To find information about:Edit

Some advice on Doctoral ResearchEdit

Notes, adapted from the B. H. Carroll Dissertation and Thesis Writer's Workshop

Areas we're still developing:Edit

  • Are students citing sources carefully enough? Minding content? Argument? Form & Style?
  • How do students know they’ve read enough? Digested enough?
  • What are appropriate doctoral-level sources?
  • What are the resources for each Carroll area of study?

Areas ready for your use now:Edit

Motivational TIPS on Doing Good Research (by BHCTILibrary)Edit

  1. What is a research question?
  1.     Rule of thumb: A question requiring a significant investment of time to find an answer to
  1. Doing research requires:
  • Time
  • Effort
  • Patience
  • You
  1. Conceptual steps to begining research:
  • Task evaluation
  • Materials evaluation
  • Findings communication
  1. Don’t neglect to evaluate these research sources:
  • Monographs (Books)
  • Print journals
  • Bibliographies (including those in your assigned readings)
  1. If you still need help, ask:
  • Your instructor
  • Library staff
  • Fellow students
  1. In future…
  • We ought to build a resource for B. H. Carroll that will include examples from our own students.
  • If you would, consider giving me a copy of your successful prospectus, that we can add to the BHCTI knowledge base.

Sample self-guided assignment:Edit


In NexLearn, use OCLC to find a dissertation on a topic of your choice-- i.e., Zwingli-- (alternatively; limit a search in WorldCat to dissertations)and examine an individual citation.

  • Did you do a subject or keyword search?
  • How many other items did you find with your search term(s)?

Find a dissertation on a topic of your choice-- i.e., Zwingli-- and examine the citation from a site in the Dissertations Finding Aid on this wiki.

  • Did you do a subject or keyword search?
  • How many items did you find with your search term(s)?

Try this subject in Questia (via NexLearn) for titles on:
Dissertations, Academic -- Authorship -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
(use the index to find examples of prospectuses, proposals, etc.).

Return to the OCLC Service in NexLearn (alternatively; in WorldCat) and examine entries for the same subject

  • How many items did you find with your search term(s)?
  • Would you consider pursuing InterLibrary Loan for these items? Why or why not?

Finally: Brainstorm; which resource is best for your topic? Why? And under what conditions?

Go a bit deeper:Edit

Materials available to Carroll Students through the NexLearn Library (use your Questia Account) include:

Cooley, Linda and  Jo Lewkowicz. Dissertation Writing in Practice: Turning Ideas into Text. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2003.

Mauch, James E. and Nagami Park.  Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation : A Handbook for Students and Faculty. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2003.

Rugg, Gordon and Marian Petre. A Gentle Guide to Research Methods. Maidenhead, England: Open University Press, 2007.

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