You’ve chosen to complete a dissertation as part of an academic course (or you need to complete it to pass, so you’re getting stuck in anyway). There are a number of different things that you want to consider when you’re thinking about planning and writing your actual dissertation research paper.
Choose your topic carefully
Choosing a topic that genuinely interests you will be advantageous, as this will be what you will have to work with over the next couple of months. In considering a topic, you will have to keep in mind the degree of novelty – either involving personal research, novel experimentation, or its treatment, will become very important in making the work genuine.
Your advisor should not screw up
This means you have to work with an advisor who you can access and who will respond to your needs regarding your work. A good advisor is the key to a good dissertation and you should be firm enough to kick him in his/her butt if he/she is not cooperative enough.
Make an effort to find out the latest information regarding your topic. Let the project be a way to educate yourself and use as many sources as you can find. Be the investigative journalist and question everything around you. Read into books, newspapers, local magazines and every scrap of information that you can find.