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MODL3300
Reading list

Final Year Project: Dissertation, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Stephan Petzold
s.petzold@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

There is no reading list for your specific FYP topic. You will not be presented with a reading list on the topic but it is your task to compile relevant reading independently with some supervisor input.

The items listed below are study skills texts on Dissertations and Final Year Projects. Please note that many of these are written primarily for a social science student readership and not everything will be applicable or relevant to your FYP.

General FYP/dissertation guidance books

Allison, Brian and Phil Race (1997), The student's guide to preparing dissertations and theses, Routledge.

Greetham, Bryan (2009), How to write your undergraduate dissertation, Palgrave. 

Halperin, Sandra and Oliver Heath (2012), Political research : methods and practical skills ISBN: 9780199558414 (pbk.); 0199558418 (pbk.), Oxford UP, especially part 2: How to do research  

Levin, Peter, Excellent Dissertations, Open UP, 2011.

McMillan, Kathleen and Jonathan Weyers (2011), How to write dissertations and project reports, Pearson.

O'Leary, Zina (2017), The essential guide to doing your research project, SAGE.

Rudestam, Kjell Erik and Rae R Newton (2007), Surviving your dissertation. A comprehensive guide to content and process, SAGE. 

Thomas, Gary (2017), How to do your research project: a guide for students, SAGE.

Walliman, Nicholas (2014), Your undergraduate dissertation: the essential guide for success, SAGE.

Williams, Kate, Planning your dissertation ISBN: 9781137327949 (pbk.); 1137327944 (pbk.) (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

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Finding a topic and research question

O'Leary, Zina (2017), The essential guide to doing your research project, SAGE, ch. 3.

Thomas, Gary (2017), How to do your research project: a guide for students, SAGE, ch. 1.

Levin, Peter, Excellent Dissertations, Open UP, 2011, chs. 5-8.

McMillan, Kathleen and Jonathan Weyers (2011), How to write dissertations and project reports, Pearson, ch. 2.

Rudestam, Kjell Erik and Rae R Newton (2007), Surviving your dissertation. A comprehensive guide to content and process, SAGE, ch. 2

Greetham, Bryan (2009), How to write your undergraduate dissertation, Palgrave, part 2-3.

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Research methods

Halperin, Sandra and Oliver Heath (2012), Political research : methods and practical skills ISBN: 9780199558414 (pbk.); 0199558418 (pbk.), Oxford UP, chs. 6 + 7.

Thomas, Gary (2017), How to do your research project: a guide for students, SAGE, ch. 5.

Levin, Peter, Excellent Dissertations, Open UP, 2011, ch. 9-10.

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Research proposal

O'Leary, Zina (2017), The essential guide to doing your research project, SAGE, ch. 5-6.

Thomas, Gary (2017), How to do your research project: a guide for students, SAGE, chs. 3-4.

McMillan, Kathleen and Jonathan Weyers (2011), How to write dissertations and project reports, Pearson, ch. 3.

Walliman, Nicholas (2014), Your undergraduate dissertation: the essential guide for success, SAGE, chs. 6 + 8.

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Academic writing: structure

Björk, Lennart and Christine Räisänen (2003), Academic writing : a university writing course ISBN: 9144030746; 9789144030746, Lund: Studentlitterattur, ch. 6.

McMillan, Kathleen and Jonathan Weyers (2011), How to write dissertations and project reports, Pearson, ch. 20.

Greetham, Bryan (2009), How to write your undergraduate dissertation, Palgrave, part 7.

Walliman, Nicholas (2014), Your undergraduate dissertation: the essential guide for success, SAGE, ch. 15-16.

Levin, Peter, Excellent Dissertations, Open UP, 2011, ch. 16.

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Academic writing: being critical and analytical

McMillan, Kathleen and Jonathan Weyers (2011), How to write dissertations and project reports, Pearson, ch. 14.

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Research methods workshops (weeks 4/5)

Interviewing and Intercultural Research Methods (Jane Wilkinson)

Core reading

Further reading

History and Historiography (Stephan Petzold)

Core reading

Further reading

Politics and political rhetoric (Ilya Yablokov)

Core reading

Further reading

Media analysis (El Mustapha Lahlali)

Gender and Cultural Studies (Irena Hayter)

Analysing film (Chris Homewood)

Literary analysis (Richard Hibbitt)

Works on literary theory and on general concepts and terms:

All of these works are designed to be dipped into and read selectively: look at the index and contents, find what is relevant to you, and concentrate on that.

Practical guides to studying (designed for students of English literature, but largely applicable to literature in general)

  • Bennett, Andrew and Nicholas Royle, This thing called literature : reading, thinking, writing (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015) [Concise and imaginative approach to literary study, containing practical examples of how to analyse different genres and how to write an essay]
  • Cavanagh, Dermot et al., eds, The Edinburgh introduction to studying English literature ISBN: 9780748640256 (pbk.); 0748640258 (pbk.); 0748640266 (hbk.); 9780748640263 (hbk.) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010) [Contains discrete chapters on different genres and on different approaches; can be read online via the library website]
  • Young, Tory, Studying English literature : a practical guide ISBN: 9780521690140 (pbk.); 9780521869812 (Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 2008) [Designed for first-year students, but useful for anyone who wants advice on formulating a research question, structuring an argument and thinking about concepts such as dialogue or rhetoric]

There are also many specific articles and books that deal with different foreign literatures, different periods, and particular approaches. Use the Library Search facility and ask your supervisor for further recommendations.

This list was last updated on 20/10/2017