Respondents’ biasness during interviews

There are few errors committed on part of the respondents during interviews which could bias the results. The aim of the researcher should be to minimise the probability of such mistakes.

It is because of respondents’ poor recall that they may give incorrect answers. Such questions should be avoided that put a strain on respondents’ mind and he/she feels stress while answering. Any inconsistency should be cross checked regarding respondents’ exaggerated and dishonest answers. It may also happen that the question may not be clear to the respondent and may get inhibition in asking again thus giving wrong answer. In such a case the investigator should be making sure that the respondents clearly understand the content and context of the questionnaire.

There are times when respondents do not understand the purpose of the study clearly. Therefore, to avoid such a problem the objectives of the survey should be clearly made to understand so that there is no scope for ambiguity left. The identity of the interviewer and sponsor, requirement from the respondent should be explained before the interview. Sometimes the respondents may give answers that are expected by the researchers and it may get prejudiced as the interviewees may not like to be discourteous. Therefore, a good environment should be created for the interview to be conducted properly giving comfort to the respondents. This would give fair response to the interviewers.

Dissertation writing needs carefully planning and methodology

A dissertation is made up of different chapters and formats that one needs to follow. It is not an easy task that anyone can do. So, before going for it, you should cover the areas starting from the introduction to the conventional headings and subheadings. You must be aware of the Methodology, Review of Literature, Findings, Summary/Conclusions/Implications, etc.  Before starting your write-ups, you must take a look for sample of Appendices (copies of instruments and permission letters). You can choose from different references list.  A dissertation can be written in the number of formats, where you can write it in APA, MLA format that are the popular ones.

Getting the Questionnaire Right

As the researcher is preparing his questionnaire, he is confronted with many questions. He has to decide as to how he is going to frame his questions. He knows that he has to put the interesting questions first. After all, he has to capture the attention of his respondent. He also has to decide as to what the knowledge level of his audience is. This helps him decide if the questions he intends to ask should be in simple language or in a complicated language. He should not ask too many questions. The respondent might get bored. The researcher can take his time, but he needs to get the questionnaire absolutely right.

The Quest for Translators

The quest for knowledge has spawned some new job opportunities in the academic world. One of these is translation work. Countries all over the world want academic knowledge disseminated in their language. Scholars also want to have their work published in many different languages. After all, who does not want global name and fame? That is why people who are skilled in diverse languages are starting to find out that clients are prepared to pay big money for their services. These people also make a good living from this line of work. They are even motivated to learn new languages for the sake of their livelihood.

Things to Look for in an Academic Support Website

Many students browse through the website of an academic services firm. They look forward to hire some experts to help with their project. The question arises in their minds as to what aspects they should be looking for. How can they judge if the firm is trustworthy or not? They should look at the team behind the firm. They should examine who the editors are, who the writers are and if the firm has a peer review team on its payroll. All these factors will enable them to make a decision if it is wise to spend their hard earned money on the firm.

Safe Storage of Research Material

When a student has finished working on one project, he should keep all the research material in a safe place. Students may think that once the project is completed, the research material has no use. This is not true. One can never know when the material will be needed again. The student may not need it again, but his friends might. He can save someone else from the problem of searching for the material from scratch. The data that the student has collected has been done in a painstaking manner. That is why it should be preserved for posterity so that it can be of use in the future.