Date: 2017-03-17 12:05
You would usually leave that to the relevant chapters, but there 8767 s never a never of course. What does your supervisor say?
Many thanks for this post. I am currently working on my introduction and slightly confused whether I have to state my main findings and argument in the introduction or not. I would very much appreciate your response. Thank you in advance and all the best with your book writing.
The introduction also usually includes an OUTLINE of the thesis itself. The examiner expects to see some kind of road map to the way that the rest of their reading will unfold. The outline will also show them how you have put the research results into a narrative or argument, so thinking about chapter headings and how they might help show the flow of your reasoning is an important and separate task.
Each of the introductions below presents the same thesis statement: Identity theft is a serious problem that claims millions of innocent victims, and the government must implement better regulations to help put an end to this crime. While the thesis statement is the same for all of the introductions, notice how the various introductions set different tones for the essay and establish slightly different expectations for what will follow in the body of the essay.
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The resurfacing of this post is so timely. I am currently drafting my introduction and am startled to find myself struggling to articulate my research question after just under a year working on it.! Thanks for another very helpful post.
An argumentative or persuasive piece of writing must begin with a debatable thesis or claim. In other words, the thesis must be something that people could reasonably have differing opinions on. If your thesis is something that is generally agreed upon or accepted as fact then there is no reason to try to persuade people.
But before worrying about how to get the perfect opening sentence, paragraph and section, I find it helpful to think about the WORK that the thesis introduction has to do.
Below you will find our dissertation introduction example index. This index provides you with a number of genuine dissertation introduction examples from real world dissertations.
The introduction has to clearly set the WARRANT for the thesis – the mandate, the rationale for doing the research. That is, you need to establish that we don’t know something about a particular topic, and that we need, or it would be interesting and worthwhile, to know it. However, it is not sufficient to simply say that there is a ‘gap’ because there are always gaps in what we know the issue is about why you are addressing this specific knowledge niche here and now. This argument has to clearly set up the answer to the ‘so what’ question that you come back to in the conclusion.