Academic Writing Fundamentals: The Dissertation Format


Academic content writing is not only onerous but also formidable. It is not similar to other content writing tasks, the research work involved in this category is colossal. One has to remain equipped with the knowledge ranging from management to diffrential equations. Dissertations are the painstaking feats. Before you go ahead consider memorizing the format:

  • Title page- as the name suggests, this page bears the title of the topic of your paper. The title is usually written at the center of the page with one space in between the lines and margin on all sides.

  • Abstract- an abstract works as the preface to the entire dissertation. It tells us about the issues, study and results of the paper and summarises all the steps in to a compact and brief paragraph. Ideally it comprises of 150 to 250 words.

  • Introduction- like all other papers a dissertation too begins with the introduction consisting of the thesis and the synopsis of your approach and the topic at large. It also talks about the following steps and the ways which will work in order to make the paper a success.

  • Literature review- the published papers, articles and books which you have been perusing throughout your coursework help you write the literature review. It discusses and deals with published work in a specific domain or field. It is not a mere paraphrasing of all the information you have come across on a particular subject, it is re-organization of those points into a coherent essay per se. It involves a lot of intext citations.

  • Research methodology- in this section, you are required to discuss on the methods and methodologies used to collect data. You also need to throw light on the measures taken to pull through data collection, whether or not it was through interviews or in the form of questionnaires.

  • Data analysis- this part applies several techniques to analyze and inspect data in order to procure useful information. Data mining, text analysis, predictive analysis, quantitative analysis etc are the very useful techniques.

  • Conclusion- this section ideally deals with the summarizing of the previous parts and also articulating the scope of the research.

  • Reference list- this is the most crucial portion as it bears the testimony to your study and research. All the sources you have taken help from appear here.

  • Annex- this is where random but relevant details of the paper are given. Tables, pie charts, graphs, photographs are attached to this section.

A dissertation is an outcome of gradual understanding and an insight, written chronologically.

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