Harper Lee’s 1960 American classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is considered one of the best English works of literature of the 20th century. It is still being studied by scholars around the world and is the subject of many graduate dissertations. For an English Literature student choosing this work as the focal point of the graduate project in working towards a master’s degree, it’s important that he or she knows everything there is to creating a great dissertation on “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Here’s all one should keep in mind:
You can make the entire project much easier to complete if you create a work plan spanning the entire time you have until your deadline. Create large milestone for each week and then add smaller tasks that need to be completed in-between. Be sure to plan for days each week where you can take rests or catch up on other responsibilities.
All of your research should primarily be done in the library where you will have access to credible academic resources both through the library’s collection and through inter-library loan. Take accurate and detailed notes to save time from having to come back and reviewing material. Start building your bibliography as you go. It’s much easier to delete entries than it is to put entries in at the end.
Now that you’ve gathered your notes and have created a working outline you can start the process of writing the actual assignment. Write the first draft both efficiently and quickly, without stopping to take too many breaks or to make corrections. There will be plenty of time for this later; for now, just get all your ideas down in one place.
Before you start the process of revising your dissertation on To Kill a Mockingbird you should set it aside for a few days so that you can start this exercise with a rested minded and fresh perspective. Look for all the ways in which you can strengthen your writing by removing text, adding text, or rearranging text.
At this point of your academic career you should know that it is extremely important to edit and proofread all your material for submitting them. This is likely the biggest project of your life to this point, and all the small details will go a long way. Spend plenty of time editing and proofread to ensure you’ve made every correction.