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Dissertation Survival Guide: Step Four: Analyse your Results

Guidance on how to complete your Dissertation/Final Year Project and make the most of Library and IT Services and Resources

Start analysing your results

So, you have your data, but what does it mean? This is where you put YOUR data into the context of the literature you’ve already found. We’ve a suite of tools to help you be organised and effective – these range from computers and quiet space available 24 hours a day, to Unidesktopthat lets you access university software from your own computer. 

Don't forget to back-up your work!

Make sure you save your work regularly and BACK IT UP - there are few things worse in the academic world than losing a USB stick with your entire dissertation on the week before it is due in! In addition to using a USB stick, save work to your K drive which is backed up by Computing Services on a daily basis.

Use OneDrive

In addition to your K: drive, you also have an extra 1 TB of storage space available on the Onedrive so you can access your files safely and securely.  As part of your OneDrive you can upload or create new documents using online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and save them to your OneDrive storage. 

Mind-Mapping

Mind-mapping is a powerful, visual way of organising your notes and thoughts, helping you to structure your work.  Add words, images and citations to build a meaningful diagram which can then be exported to other formats, such as Word and PowerPoint.  MindView 7 is available on all University computers, and via UniDesktop from home.  For help and advice in using this software, watch this short video or attend a workshop.  You can also contact hudstudy@hud.ac.uk.