DISSERTATION RESEARCH LEX4160 CATHERINE FUNNELLSENIOR LIAISON LIBRARIAN LAW AND MARKETING SHEPPARD LIBRARY MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY MARCH 2012
Why Do a Dissertation?Take 5-10 minutes and write down why you are doing a dissertation. What is the purpose of undertaking a dissertation?What are the/your objectives?What elements are involved in the process?
Why Do a Dissertation?...................A Job/Personal Satisfaction
ObjectivesTo be able to undertake a substantial piece of academic studyTo be able to develop a personal specialismTo put a personal stamp on a piece of workTo be able to explore the literature on a chosen topic
ObjectivesTo be able to refine and extend skills in finding,selecting and critically analysing informationTo be able to refine skills in decision –making,task management and problem solvingTo be able to refine skills in summarising and presenting findings Cottrell, The Study Skills Handbook
Processes Involved Planning/Organising Literature Review Research Writing
Literature ReviewSignifies the systematic study of a topicDefines, describes and explains what the topic isRequires the ability to access and critically assess the various debates and issues the topic has generated Salter M and Mason
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SCONUL(Society of College, National and University Libraries) Have Developed policies to promote the research process in higher education Within these policies they have identified the skills that a research student should be mastering whilst undertaking the research and writing of a dissertation
The Skills Ability to distinguish the gap between what you already know and what you need to know to complete a dissertation Distinguishing the ways in which this information gap may be addressed(awareness of different ways of meeting your information needs-variety of sources and channels, eg books, journals, reports etc) Constructing strategies to locate information (getting the best out of your sources for effective results)
The Skills Locating and accessing information(knowledge and skills to extract the information-using Boolean Logic Comparing and evaluating information from different sources(comparing different perspectives, evaluating the information critically and carefully) Organising, applying and communicating the information to others(bibliographic management tools, citing appropraitely)
The Skills Finally, synthesising and building upon existing information with the creation of new knowledge,new content,new perspective
Recap Ok, some of you may be enrolled in LEX4110, Issues in EU Law and you recently undertook a Research Proposal for your paper on an EU topic So basically what you will be doing with your dissertation is a similar but substantively more comprehensive and longer version of the LEX 4110 assignment But you will already have worked through the rudiments of what will be involved in a dissertation
Evaluating Information Remember one of the objectives in undertaking a dissertation is developing your ‘talent’ for evaluating information-critically assessing the quality of the information you are gathering You will need to evaluate for for both quality and relevance Determine if what you are finding is both what you need and trustworthy
Considerations When Evaluating Authority: Who is the author? What is their knowledge base/qualifications?Is the article published in a scholarly/peer reviewed journal? Relevance: Is it ‘pitched’ at the appropriate level? Is it what I really need? Objectivity: Balanced view? Are opposing views presented? Supporting Information?
Considerations When Evaluating Intent: What is the purpose of the information-eg financial gain,propaganda, academic etc? Currency: How old is the information? When was it last updated and by whom?
Evaluating WebsitesConsiderations are very similar to those evaluatingInformationAuthority: Who is responsible for the page/site? A reliable organisation or subject expert(s)? Can you trust them?Accuracy/Reliability: is the information correct? Grammar and spelling correct? Just one point of view? Agenda-is it their own? Fact/opinion?
Evaluating Websites Audience: Is the information at the right levelto be quoted in your work?(general, public higher education) Currency: Can you tell how upto date it is? Is it regularly updated? Feel: Is the site well structured and easy to navigate? Links up to date and working?If the site is well designed and maintained then you can feelmore confident about the information it provides
Have a Look at...........INTERNET DETECTIVE TUTORIAL Really useful site!(http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/index/htm)
Middlesex DissertationsSearch thelibrarycatalogue forMiddlesexDissertations.Use the defaultGeneralKeywordoption andtypedissertation Click onlaw the title to view details
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Formatted Saved Bibliography Barnard, Catherine, The EU constitution-dealing with the deficit - 156 NLJ 173 (2006) The New Law Journal. Duina, Francesco, Book Review: National Parliaments and European Democracy: A Bottom-up Approach to European Constitutionalism - Eur J Int Law (2008) 19 (2): 454 (2008) European Journal of International Law. Koskenniemi, Martti, By Their Acts You Shall Know Them ... (And Not by Their Legal Theories) - Eur J Int Law (2004) 15 (4): 839 (2004) European Journal of International Law. Kumm, Mattias, The Legitimacy of International Law: A Constitutionalist Framework of Analysis - Eur J Int Law (2004) 15 (5): 907 (2004) European Journal of International Law. Snell, Jukka, European Constitutional Settlement, an Ever-Closing Union, and the Treaty of Lisbon: Democracy or Relevance (2008) Eur Law Rev. Thürer1, Daniel, Max Huber: A Portrait in Outline - Eur J Int Law (2007) 18 (1): 69 (2007) European Journal of International Law.
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Merged Bibliography Barnard, Catherine, The EU constitution-dealing with the deficit - 156 NLJ 173 (2006) The New Law Journal. Bellamy, Richard, Still in Deficit: Rights, Regulation, and Democracy in the EU (2006) 12(6) European Law Journal 725. LEXIS Bellamy, Richard, Still in Deficit: Rights, Regulation, and Democracy in the EU (2006) 12(6) European Law Journal 725. Crum, Ben, Tailoring Representative Democracy to the European Union: Does the European Constitution Reduce the Democratic Deficit? (2005) 11(4) European Law Journal 452. Duina, Francesco, Book Review: National Parliaments and European Democracy: A Bottom-up Approach to European Constitutionalism - Eur J Int Law (2008) 19 (2): 454 (2008) European Journal of International Law. Etzioni, Amitai, The Community Deficit (2007) 45(1) Journal of Common Market Studies 23. Fossum, John Erik and Agustín Jos Menéndez, The Constitutions Gift? A Deliberative Democratic Analysis of Constitution Making in the European Union (2005) 11(4) European Law Journal 380. Kitus, Andro, Europeanization, democratic deficit and the constitutional debate in Estonia (2008) 21(2) Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences 111. Koskenniemi, Martti, By Their Acts You Shall Know Them ... (And Not by Their Legal Theories) - Eur J Int Law (2004) 15 (4): 839 (2004) European Journal of International Law. Kumm, Mattias, The Legitimacy of International Law: A Constitutionalist Framework of Analysis - Eur J Int Law (2004) 15 (5): 907 (2004) European Journal of International Law. Lord, Christopher, Still in democratic deficit (2008) 43(6) Intereconomics 316. Meadowcroft, John, The European Democratic Deficit, the Market and the Public Space: A Classical Liberal Critique (2002) 15(3) Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences 181. Snell, Jukka, European Constitutional Settlement, an Ever-Closing Union, and the Treaty of Lisbon: Democracy or Relevance (2008) Eur Law Rev. Thürer1, Daniel, Max Huber: A Portrait in Outline - Eur J Int Law (2007) 18 (1): 69 (2007) European Journal of International Law. BSC