A dissertation is a scientific work. Therefore the General principle of the organization of work on the selection of sources for the thesis consists of three stages:
- Make a list of references;
- Find these sources;
- Examine and analyze the sources found.
Sources for the candidate’s and master’s theses can be monographs, abstracts, and originals of already defended dissertations. It will be especially useful to get acquainted with the latest for you.
You analyze the field of study of your predecessors: what they studied and how, what questions remained unresolved, which way you should look when writing your work.
Comparing several abstracts or dissertations on related topics, one can identify the main points of view on the problem, mentally debate with the authors and come up with one’s own reasoned opinion;
A foreign dissertation is a role model. The same should be yours in the structure and flow of thought;
Now you don’t need to look for sources for your dissertation; you can use the quick list (I don’t say copy it into your work) and the sources that the current candidates have already referred to.
Now you have your own bibliography to learn. Of course, at the first stage, it will significantly exceed the required bibliography (about 200 sources). And this is good.
If you are looking for articles in periodicals (journals), then it is best to look through the general list of articles for the whole year. Too old numbers generally exclude. Remember, the limit of the relevance of scientific work is five years.
Bibliographic indexes contain ordered bibliographic records. This is needed to help you navigate the search where it is written and on what matters. This is just a list of publications. Another thing is abstract publications. You can also use the references in the books and after scientific articles.
In addition to the advantages that the Internet gives us when writing dissertation research, one can not say about the role of office equipment. Get ready to take out from the library a pile of photocopies. Moreover, when copying materials do not forget to sign them.