How Do You Write A Dissertation

While the ‘background information’ usually appears first in a dissertation introduction, the structure of the remaining three points is completely up to you.There are opportunities to combine these sections to best suit your needs.The six main phases of the process are provided below: For more details about specific requirements during each of the six main phases, see the Dissertation Handbook.All dissertations should follow APA style guidelines, as well as specific formatting expectations outlined in Appendix C of the Dissertation Handbook.

In terms of length, there is no rule about how long a dissertation introduction needs to be, as it is going to depend on the length of the total dissertation.

One common mistake made by students is to justify their research by stating that the topic is interesting to them.

While this is certainly an important element to any research project, and to the sanity of the researcher, the writing in the dissertation needs to go beyond ‘interesting’ to why there is a particular need for this research.

One of the main purposes of the background section is to ease the reader into the topic.

It is generally considered inappropriate to simply state the context and focus of your study and what led you to pursue this line of research.

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