General Instructions For Composing A Winning Dissertation Introduction


When you watch a movie, you want it to be interesting, exciting, titillating. Now, if the movie starts with the most clichéd setting in the world, containing the most stereotypical characters, and hinting towards the most predictable ending, would you like to watch it until the end? You’d rather get up and leave before halfway.

Now, imagine the same thing going on with a paper you are reading. Horrifying, isn’t it?

Do not underestimate the introduction.

When you write a dissertation, you want it to be gripping enough to entice people to read to the end. The document in itself is academic, and you do not want to deter people from reading it. Therefore, you need to pay special attention to your introduction, as it will contribute largely to the number of readers and the span of attention.

Here are some tips to help you work on your introduction:

  1. Start in an interesting way: Put some time into your topic, and look for exciting ways to start your dissertation. Throw in a story or a small case study or even a comparison between situations. Use numbers and figures that highlight your main problem, statement or question.

  2. Keep the introduction short: Most people think that the introduction is meant to provide an entire background to readers. That’s not true: the introduction serves to summarize the problem for the readers, tell them what the research and paper strives to achieve and list the hypothesis or the question. You can provide the background to the problem in another section.

  3. Do not overload: This goes in direct relation to the above point. Since you are not providing a complete account, do not overload your introduction with needless facts and figures. Provide only what is important and necessary.

  4. Provide insight into the paper: As you end your introduction, tell readers what they are in for. Mention the contents of the paper succinctly, and the purpose of each. Mention what the work has been inspired by, or based on, and how it will contribute to the field in all.

Follow these four steps, and you will have a masterpiece of an introduction on your hands. And before you end, do not forget to proofread your paper for grammatical errors. If you dissertation is littered with spelling mistakes in the introduction, readers are bound not to progress with it.

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