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Thesis structure peculiarities

Thesis structure peculiarities

Aug 31, 2012 - Posted to  Thesis Writing
A thesis has some peculiarities that make it unique and different from other types of writings. Some of these peculiarities are based on its basic composition like the title page, abstract, table of contents, list of figures, list of tables and so on.
A rundown of the peculiar features of a thesis are as follows:

TITLE

A title is a peculiar feature of a good thesis. It carries the name of the author or authors; the title of the paper in question, the date of publication of the paper, date of deliver, research mentors, advisors, their institutions and possibly their email addresses.

ABSTRACT

A really good abstract should explain the major findings of the work. It must need to explain why the thesis is so important. It should also state in a few words the implications of the finding of the paper. A good abstract should be concise, straight to the point and of course readable. The maximum length of a good abstract should be about 12 paragraphs of not more than 400 words. Abstracts are not good places to cite works used on the research paper. Citations are better left for the body of the work. The information contained in the title of the work should not be repeated in the abstract. The use of numbers is encouraged where appropriate. As much as possible long and irrelevant information should be curtailed. An abstract is meant to answer basic questions about the research work. For example it is expected that a really good abstract should answer and address questions like "what did you do?" "How did you do it?" "Why did you do it?" "What did you learn as a result?" and "how does it matter?"

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A table of content is the page where all the headings and sub-heading used in the research paper are stated such that it will be easy for your audience to easily find pages where certain information is located. All headings and sub-headings should be numbered. The use of indents is highly encouraged to identify subheadings.

LIST OF FIGURES

This is a list of all the figures, diagrams and graphs used in the thesis. They should also be numbered to make it easy for your reader to find in the body of your work. There should be a short description of the figures and citations where needed.

LIST OF TABLES

Just like the list of figures mentioned above, a list of tables gives information about the tables used in the body of the paper. It should also be numbered as well for accountability purposes.

INTRODUCTION

The introduction gives brief overview and summary of your brief. You cannot write a good introduction without knowing what your thesis is all about. It is always a good idea to write your introduction after you must have completed the body and bulk of your thesis.

METHODS

The methods section is where the student lets his readers know how he carried whatever experiment to achieve his results. The methods section should convince your readers as to the authenticity of your thesis.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

These sections explain the results got from your experiments and also the interpretation and implication.
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