QUICK REFERENCE TO ANSWERS TO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
What particular steps should I take to ensure that I'm on the right track in my consideration of possible topics?
How should my own background influence my choice of a topic?
How long should my study take to complete?
How can libraries and librarians facilitate my selection of an appropriate topic?
Between the end of course work and the serious initiation of the thesis or dissertation is a period when most students falter, and many drop out. Immediate attention to establishing a personal time line, to gaining an understanding of the meaning of T/D work, and to locating and agreeing on a research advisor are key steps that very much improve the chances of completion of the requirements of the degree. That is why the first two chapters of this book emphasize those activities. The title of this chapter indicates the next important step: development of the proposal.
The time line (Fig. 1-1), in its first 14 steps, covers the schedule for the development of a T/D proposal. The schematic diagram of the proposal process (Fig. 3-1) can be used to help the student check progress toward proposal completion and approval in a more detailed way. The diagram has been updated and expanded from one presented by