RESEARCH METHODS FOR A DISSERTATION If you want to achieve the best grade in your university course, it is essential that you understand research methods for a dissertation. The type of research methods you will use will depend on your subject area. Most humanities subjects (such as literature, philosophy and history) will demand library-based research which will entail a thorough review of the secondary material surrounding your subject area.
The Process of Writing a Literature Review Reviewing existing literature and following it up in a meaningful, theoretical context is an important aspect of a dissertation. The purpose of this process is to convey the existing knowledge, established concepts and theories centred on a particular research problem, and the strengths and weaknesses of the same.