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Writing - Oct 23, 2012 10:55 - 0 Comments

Determine Readability Using the Flesch Reading Ease

A concern of any good author is the readability of his/her text, with primary consideration given to intended audience. If readability is too low, the author risks the esoteric; if too high, the mundane. A method of calculating readability objectively allows not only evaluation of a single manuscript, but also the ability to compare multiple manuscripts using a definite scale. Continue reading…

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Dissertations - Jun 19, 2011 5:37 - 0 Comments

Tips for Getting Started on a Dissertation

Getting started on a dissertation can be one of the most challenging aspects of the doctoral process. At no time does the doctoral student feel more out of his/her element or more lost as to where to start. Getting started on a dissertation is not as hard as it seems if you keep the following five tips in mind.

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Methodology - Jan 10, 2011 9:17 - 0 Comments

Latent Constructs in Social Science Research

One of the precepts of conducting empirical research is the ability to capture numerical representations (data) of phenomena and test relationships among them. To do this, researchers need reliable and accurate measures of phenomena that cannot be measured directly. Such measures are latent variables in social science research.

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