"Demystifying Dissertation Writing by Peg Boyle Single is a wonderful tool for assisting students through the rocky road of dissertation writing. By using a thorough and relatable writing style, having advisors and students as an audience, addressing the human topics of dissertation writing, providing visual process markers and tools, and believing in student/literature engagement, Single has written an amazing book for both advisors and students alike. I would recommend this book to anyone who works with any graduate students who are considering continuing their studies and those who are already in a doctoral program." (NACADA Journal (National Academic Advising Association))
"Any college-level library needs Demystifying Dissertation Writing, a powerful reference on dissertation writing. Humor and a converstational style may be unexpected side benefits here but they drive an informative and readable text on how to start, sustain and finish a dissertation." (Midwest Book Review)
âI was so impressed with this book that I offered to write the foreword for it.â (Rick Reis, editor of the Tomorrow's Professor eNewsletter)
"Whether youâre inching towards a dissertation topic, choosing an adviser or already coping with the last stage of doctoral work, this book will be a life-saver. Demystifying Dissertation Writing is for anyone who wants to increase their writing productivity and especially for those who experience anxiety, blocking, impatience, perfectionism, or procrastination when they write. Through easy-to-follow steps, Single helps you rise above all these barriers and become a fluent writer. She has managed to package into this book her expertise as a writing seminar organizer and a writing coach and it is just what academe needs." (JoAnn Moody, Faculty Development and Diversity Specialist, and author of Faculty Diversity: Problems and Solutions.)
"Dr. Single has written the definitive text on how to start, sustain, and finish a dissertation. Her book describes what she calls her 'Single System for Academic Writing.' Her system is directed toward dissertation writers in the humanities and social sciences. The text is at once practical, accessible, and, in her aptly chosen descriptor, 'streamlined.' Starting with choosing a topic and advisor, Dr. Single adeptly takes the reader through the necessary dissertation tasks of preparatory reading and note-taking, crafting clear focus statements and outlines, creating regular writing routines and overcoming writerâs block, and finally revising. I now have the quintessential writing text that I can recommend to all my doctoral students, regardless of the research genre they will be using." (Robert J. Nash, Professor & 2003 University Scholar in the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Vermont & author of
Thinking of a topic for your dissertation is a daunting prospect to say the least. You might have heard people write about war, politics or feminism, maybe something more adventurous like celebrity culture or TV programmes.
But how do you stand out from the crowd? Judith Scholes, a third year music student at the University of Manchester, has certainly achieved this, writing her dissertation on the pop culture sensation which has annually rocked our world for decades – Eurovision.
The dissertation’s full title is ”Where’s your heart? Humanity rise: The Eurovision Song Contest as a Platform for Empowerment of Minority Identities’, and focuses on how minorites find empowerment on the Eurovision stage. Judith describes the competition as ‘a global platform, where you get three minutes, that are live, broadcast to the world where you can say anything you want’.
Judith said some of her discussion includes ‘the 2016 competition, when the winner was a Crimean Tatar, who sang about the oppression that they faced from Russia in 1944 when Crimea was annexed, a transgender woman (Dana International) who previously won and became an icon of Eurovision, and also Marija Serifovic who won with her performance of her lesbian identity’.
The aim of the dissertation was to explore what makes minorities win the competition, and how great it is for them. We hope her efforts score her more marks than the UK’s Eurovision fails.