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Research for International Students

The ways research is conceived, approved, conducted, and reported in the U.S. may differ from how it is done in other countries. This guide describes those processes and some of the context for them.

Research Value

Your research has value, both to you as an individual and to other researchers in your field. You may be graded on your work, receive course credit for it, or fulfill a graduation requirement. Sharing your research also helps you build a reputation in your field. Sharing your research helps you meet other people interested in the same topic. Sharing your research helps you get feedback. Other researchers learn and get ideas for their own research.

Ways to Share Your Results

You can share your results in several ways. You can use more than one way to share your results. Common ways to share your results include:

  • Complete the assignment your professor gave. The format of the assignment will depend on the course and the professor.
  • Deposit your data in a data repository if that was part of your approved proposal.
  • Present a poster. You might present at a poster session at MCPHS or as part of a conference.
  • Present a talk, either by yourself or as part of a panel. You might give a presentation in class or present at a conference. The length and format of your talk depends on where you present and what format you prefer.
  • Publish a research article. You might write a research article as an assignment . You can also submit your article for publication in a scholarly journal.
  • Write a dissertation or thesis.
  • Write a book. Publishers do not consider your thesis or dissertation a book. You can write on the same project, but you will find yourself revising your work, doing additional research, and expanding on the topic (Casuto, 2011; Gurman & Brunner, 2015; Jackson, 2013, and Science Publishing Group, n.d.). A book may be the result of multiple research projects. 

You can find other ways to share your results too. Ask your professor or your thesis advisor for advice.

References Used on This Page

Cassuto, L. (2011, July 24). It's a thesis, not a book. Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from

Gurman, D. & Brunner, M. (2015). Dissertation to book: Successful open access outreach to graduate students. Journal of Library Innovation6(1), 40-59. Retrieved from . 

Jackson, G. (2013, May 3.) Thesis vs. book [web log comment]. Retrieved from 

Science Publishing Group. (n.d.) From dissertation to book. Retrieved from


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