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Pre-purchase Questions
What is the difference between TA-DA! on CD and TA-DA! Online?
Will TA-DA!™ help me write a better thesis or dissertation?
How does TA-DA!™ help me finish my thesis or dissertation?
I am a good writer and have a very supportive advisor. How can TA-DA!™ help me?
I am sick of writing my thesis!
Can TA-DA!™ help me?
I’ve already begun my thesis or dissertation work. Can TA-DA!™ still help me?
I am just starting my graduate program. Should I wait until I am in the writing phase to purchase TA-DA!™
 
Techical Questions about TA-DA!
Is TA-DA!™ difficult to install?
Will TA-DA™! run on my computer?
How can I set up my calendar if I do not live in the United States and have a different date setting in my country?
I'm getting an "Access is denied" error when I try to launch TA-DA! Online.
When I try to save the calendar to my hard drive, the system asks what kind of program it is to be opened with. What do I choose?
General Questions about completing a thesis or dissertation
What’s the best way to get started writing my thesis / dissertation?
What are some of the practical obstacles to finishing a thesis or dissertation?
What are some of the political obstacles to completing a thesis or dissertation?
What does All But Done (ABD) mean?

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Q:

What is the difference between TA-DA! on CD
and TA-DA! Online?


A:

TA-DA! Online and TA-DA! CD differ in the following ways:

The current version of the TA-DA! on CD: Does not work with Microsoft Vista. 

Works with Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or lower.  So, the resources in pdf form cannot be accessed via the product. However, we do provide them as a separate download upon purchase of TA-DA! on CD.

Has a glitch in the Calendar. Specifically, the year following a Leap Year is off by a day. For example, because 2008 was a leap year that means that the 2009 year will be off by a day i.e. on the CD  Jan 1st  2009 starts on a Wed instead of Thursday like it should. The same will be true every 4 years i.e. 2013, 2017, 2021 etc. Every year AFTER the leap year is off on the CD calendar.

TA-DA! Online is the same product upgraded to:

  • Work with the latest version of Adobe Reader and Vista.
  • Include a correct calendar.
  • Allow you access to TA-DA! via the internet with any PC set up to read TA-DA! — no need to carry the CD with you.

Q:

Is the TA-DA!™ difficult to install?


A:

TA-DA!™ was designed to be easy to install and easy to use. We know that you are more interested in completing your thesis or dissertation than dealing with a technically complex product.

TA-DA!™ CD is a simple “plug and play” software product. Just insert the CD-ROM into your CD drive and begin using TA-DA!™.

TA-DA! Online installation takes a couple of steps because it requires Authorware Web Player, which you may not have on the computer you are using. For complete instructions on getting TA-DA! Online up and running on your computer, click here.

No matter which version you choose, you won't waste your time learning how to use the software. It is as simple to operate this resource tool as it is to read any ebook.

Q:

Will TA-DA!™ run on my computer?


A:

At this time, TA-DA!™ runs only on Windows-based PCs. It is NOT available for Mac computers.

The CD version will not run on VISTA.

However, the new online version of TA-DA!™ should run on any Windows computer without any problems.

To ensure that TA-DA!™ works with your computer, please read the minimum PC requirements listed on the Technical Overview page.

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Q:

How can I set up my calendar if I do not live in the United States and have a different date setting in my country?


A:

You may need to change your Region and Language Option in Windows. By default, the U.K. and many other international versions of Windows display dates as day/month/year instead of month/day/year commonly used in the U.S.

To set up your calendar correctly for your country, in Windows go into:
1. Control Panel
2. Region and Language Options
3. Regional Options tab
4. Select English (U.S.)

Of course, you will probably want to change the setting back once you exit the program so your other applications continue to function as they would normally.

Q:

I'm getting an "Access is denied" error when I try to launch TA-DA! Online.

A: Click here for specific installation instructions.
Q:

When I try to save the calendar to my hard drive, the system asks what kind of program it is to be opened with.

A:
The filename must be saved with a ".dat" file extension. In the title bar of the Save dialog, Vista says to specify the filename (.dat) and path. So, if for example you want to save the file as "MyCalendar", use the filename "MyCalendar.dat". When you do that, you shouldn't be asked what program to use to open it. If you still get that message, just pick the program called Notepad.
 
When I do so, Vista doesn't ask me what program to use to open it. But if the user should get that message, just have him/her pick Notepad.
   
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What’s the best way to get started?

A: One of the best things you can do is set a hard deadline for completing your thesis or dissertation. That’s one of the TA-DA! resource tool's first steps. Try out this step now for free.

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What are some of the practical obstacles to finishing my thesis or dissertation?

A: When working on your thesis or dissertation, there are many critical deadlines, and you must follow a specific sequence of events. This is true both for writing and for defending the thesis or dissertation. For example, in writing you will have specific formats to follow (such as margins, font size, type of paper, headers, footers, even where to place your name and degree), as well as university-specific criteria for deadlines and signatures you need to obtain. To get your degree, you must follow each procedure even if you write the best dissertation.

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What are some of the political obstacles to completing my thesis or dissertation?

A:

You need to be aware of how to communicate with your advisor and your committee members. They have expectations for how you should prepare for meetings. There is etiquette to follow during the defense of your thesis or dissertation. Here are some questions we address in the TA-DA!™ program:

  • If I disagree with a committee member's comments, what is the proper way to handle it so they don't refuse to sign off on my work?
  • Should I have my advisor/committee review my thesis or dissertation chapter by chapter or should I wait until I finish?
  • Is it important to attend department social functions?

These issues have nothing to do with how smart you are, but everything to do with whether you finish your degree or not.

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What does All But Done (ABD) mean?

A: ABD is the status of a graduate student who has completed the coursework and qualifying exams (the structured portion) for his or her degree, but who has not completed his or her thesis or dissertation. The term typically abbreviates "All But Dissertation," but more generically means "All But Done" where being "done" requires having completed a doctoral dissertation or a master's thesis.

ABD is a difficult phase for most graduate students. It is an unstructured time, where the student is left to himself or herself to research and write, with very little accountability on a day-to-day basis. During the ABD phase, a graduate student must find his or her own motivation. Some people refer to ABD as "all but dead" because of the frustration, procrastination, and lack of progress. Students sometimes even avoid their advisors for fear of being asked, "How is it going? Making any progress?"

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Does TA-DA!™ help students write a better thesis or dissertation?

A: Our goal is not to produce a "better" or "perfect" product. Our goal is to help graduate students complete their product. Our motto is, "A good dissertation is a done dissertation, and a good thesis is a done thesis."

Graduate students often get stuck because they worry so much about the quality of their work, that they can't make any progress towards completing it. This inertia in turn frustrates academic advisors, who cannot help a student with quality because there's nothing to review. Ta-Da™! helps students write their thesis or dissertation and get done. We help them overcome the procrastination, frustration, motivation, and organization obstacles, so the student and their advisor can focus on the academic innovation.

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Q:

How does TA-DA!™ help me finish my thesis or dissertation?

A:

TA-DA! Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished™ is a comprehensive resource tool available on CD-ROM and is designed to help students from A to Z in planning and executing a thesis or dissertation in an effective manner.

TA-DA!™ systematically addresses and helps you overcome the four main roadblocks graduate students face on the road to getting done:

  • Learning how to navigate through the thesis or dissertation program
  • Understanding how to approach the unstructured portion of the program
  • Finding comprehensive help (in one place)
  • Creating an effective plan of action

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Q:

I am a good writer and have a very supportive advisor. How can TA-DA!™ help me?

A:

While most thesis and dissertation resource tools focus on writing, TA-DA!™ is designed to be flexible in order to focus on your individual needs. Even the best writers usually need help in completing a large project researched and written over an extended period of time.

TA-DA!™ helps you develop a workable timeline, choose a viable topic, choose a supportive advisor (if still needed), a good committee, understand how to evaluate research done on the internet, prepare for your defense, shows you how to take care of yourself under stress, and much more.

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Q:

I am sick of writing a thesis! Can TA-DA!™ help me?

A:

Yes, there is more to completing your thesis or dissertation than just writing. In fact, the need to take a break from writing now and then is perfectly normal. In the meantime, there are a variety of other tasks you can work on completing until you are emotionally ready to start writing again.

TA-DA!™ offers you specific solutions and steps to take for those times when you are "sick and tired" of writing. Remember, it is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when.

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I’ve already begun my thesis or dissertation work. Can TA-DA!™ still help me?

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Yes, TA-DA!™ is organized to provide you immediate access to the information and resources you need regardless of where in the thesis/dissertation process you currently are. TA-DA!™ can help if you're working on your dissertation abstract, looking for a dissertation topic, honing your thesis defense, or just looking for help in getting started on thesis writing. Our goal is to take the pain and frustration out of the entire process and make your graduate life simpler, straightforward, and even fun.

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I am just starting my graduate program. Should I wait until I am in the writing phase to purchase TA-DA!™?

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Definitely not. TA-DA!™ provides advice to students on how to start thinking and exploring their thesis or dissertation from the very first day of graduate school. It is never too early to start planning to get done. TA-DA! ™can help you shorten your path to completion, making your degree program more efficient and saving you both time and money in the process.

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