7 Ingredients Of An Effective Dissertation Paper Introduction

It may be easy to overlook the importance of an introduction when your head is so firmly fixed upon the main content of your thesis, but an introduction is a vital part that you should spend just as much time on as the chapters and conclusion.

Here are 7 ways to write a really good one:

  1. The best way to write an introduction is: write it last! Sure, before beginning the actual dissertation writing you’ll need to write notes and a rough outline for content and structure, so you will have already given your introduction some thought in the process, but by writing it last, you’ll be able to make sure it’s perfect. After all, you will have already written your dissertation and know what conclusions you have come to and whether certain points have been answered sufficiently, so the opening to your thesis can then be written to reflect that.
  2. Make sure you know exactly what should be included. Different disciplines may require slightly different content, but introductions are also pretty uniform in nature. You need to provide a brief description of the broad topic at hand before narrowing it down to your specific subject. You should provide a brief outline of what the reader can expect to find in the forthcoming pages, as well as your aims and objectives and what conclusions you hope to arrive at. Make sure all necessary information is contained therein!
  3. That may seem like a lot to include, but you also need to make the writing clear and succinct. Stick to vital points without any flannel.
  4. As well as getting the structure, content and conciseness correct, to write a really good piece, you’ll need to go beyond those simplicitie. Like any first page of a good novel, you’ll need to pack a punch- but within the confines of academic writing. Basically, you need to make your reader interested and want to read on.
  5. The more distinct and easy flowing your style of writing, the more the reader will be able to engage with it. Try to spend some time honing your writing style.
  6. Although you need to provide an overview of the forthcoming thesis, you also don’t want to overdo it. It’s not just about being clear, concise and precise, it’s also about knowing when to reel yourself in. You may think you’ve written the perfect paragraph on, say, what you hope to achieve through certain research- but have you specified too much?
  7. Find some other examples in your library or online. Spend some time scrutinizing them to aid you in your own composition.

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