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Your dissertation: research and writing: Overview

Key information for completing your MA dissertation

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Please use this guide in conjunction with the SIA Postgraduate Handbook and your programme's own dissertation handbook. Both will be available on Canvas.

In this guide you will find:

Help from the library  how to book a one-to-one session with a librarian, plus some useful books.

Researching secondary sources  you already know how to find previous work about your topic. Now may be the time to improve your skills further for the more in-depth research needed for your dissertation. Includes information about past SIA dissertations.

Primary sources and original research  tips for finding and using primary sources such as archives or raw data sets, and conducting original research, for instance with interviews and questionnaires.

Using other libraries  how to make the most of the other libraries in London available to you.