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‘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 ...
Chapter 8: The Preliminary Pages and the Introduction
The Preliminary Pages and the Introduction
In this chapter we examine the ways in which you can structure the early pages of your thesis, prior to the first chapter. We then consider the different elements which you should include in the introductory chapter. In particular we discuss the explanation of the choice of topic, and the writing of research aims.
The kind of verbs which are often used at the beginning of aims are very useful not only for that purpose, but also in general throughout a thesis. It is a good idea to maintain a list of such verbs. They may be characterized as verbs which describe an academic process, yet which imply that the process is ...