• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

‘Written in an authoritative and accessible style, this is a must-read for anyone planning, researching and writing a doctoral thesis or dissertation. I will certainly be recommending this book to my research students.’- Professor Goeffrey Elliott, University of Worcester‘Paul’s book was a lifeline during my doctorate: it is now the first book that I recommend for my research students! His book is easily accessible, full of practical advice, and provides useful study strategies to carefully guide you - this third edition is a valuable asset wherever you are on your doctoral journey.’- Dr Scott Buckler, University of WorcesterBased on his extensive experience as a successful thesis supervisor, Paul Oliver shows you how to turn your notes and data into a finished thesis or dissertation.Fully up-to-date ...

Layout of the Thesis
Layout of the Thesis

In this chapter we consider the presentation of the thesis. We look at different aspects of page layout, formatting and the use of titles and subtitles. We also examine the use of tables and figures, and the content of the appendices. Every thesis should be presented in a clear and straightforward style, in order to assist the reader. This chapter will help you to do this.

Study Strategies
  • Before you start typing, look at examples of theses, academic journals and academic books, for ideas on page layout, headings and general formatting. Make notes on the various ways in which the pages, tables and illustrations are designed, and then type up some sample pages on your computer.
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