Archived Material (Dissertations)

Step 2: What sections go into a dissertation?

Main body - introduction


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The introduction serves as an expansion of your title and is included in every dissertation. The introduction:

  • uses a descriptive writing style
  • gives a bit more detail about the problem or question you are tackling in the paper
  • makes a very clear statement of your purpose – Why did you carry out the research? Why are you writing this dissertation?
  • indicates the scope of your research.
  • outlines the sections to be included
  • gives a very brief statement of the background to the topic.
  • can define any key terms which need clarfying in order to understand the content.

Remember:

The introduction comes at the beginning of the paper, after the abstract, acknowledgements and contents lists.

When numbering the pages, start at 1 on the introduction.