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Exploring Dissertation Chapter in Details: Guidelines for Writing Each Part Properly

Advice that you are given about writing the sections of your dissertation can often be confusing so try this guide to writing a dissertation will help you write your dissertation with ease. Bear in mind that each section in the paper serves a different purpose but at the same time each section follows a similar format.

  • Look at samples. This is a good starting point. How do you know if your work is really good unless you look at the work that others have done. Your professor may be able to supply you with a few examples of what you are aiming for and likewise there are several websites that may provide you with free samples. Ideally look for at least one sample that is annotated so you can see how the expectations fit in with reality.
  • Instructions. Do take the time to read through the instructions that your professor has given you. This will save you a lot of time later if you find that you have made errors right from the start.
  • Some very simple rules to follow:
    • Make sure that each section has an intro, main and a conclusion.
    • Remember that the introduction to each section should be written in such a way that the reader is encouraged and enthused to read more. You need to hold your readers attention.
    • Focus on the construction of your paragraphs. Make sure that you only cover one point in a paragraph and that the conclusion of one paragraph should lead into the introduction of the next.
  • Working on the sections/chapters of the dissertation:
    • The main section of the paper should relate back to your thesis. You will need to provide evidence that substantiates any claims or theories that you have mentioned in your work.
    • The conclusion should cover all of the ideas that you have discussed in earlier sections. In addition you will need to pull the information together for your reader, again providing evidence to support your claims through results of your work and academic research.
    • Your work should flow in a logical progression of ideas. Sometimes a section may look OK standing on its own but when you put your paper together you may need to move some of the information around for greater impact.
  • Additionally:
    • Work on one section at a time, but as you are writing you may find that ideas or threads of discussions may come into your head. Make sure that you write them down in the section that they need to be in e.g. the discussion.
    • Make sure that you are using at least the required amount of references and that you are using not just the right referencing system but your are using the correct version (many students have come unstuck on this one).
  • And finally:
    • Always leave the Abstract until last! By the time you have got to this section you will be an expert at summing up the contents of your paper.
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