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A List Of Basic Rules For Composing A Strong Dissertation


The dissertation is a very important piece of academic achievement which can be a burdensome and long process. But in the end, being able to follow these basic rules for composing a strong dissertation are sure to give you the final graduation you need.

When you are writing a paper, it is important to incorporate the following tips:

  • First of all, miscellaneous observations will not suffice in writing an accomplished essay. Anyone can put together random observations on a topic, but your essay needs to have a core argument. It needs to answer a prompt or question. You need to try and prove something by developing a central thesis. This thesis should be developed with supporting evidence and reasoning, particularly with citations and examples from other sources. Gathering this type of evidence often includes reading multiple sources with your provisional thesis in mind. If you do not have your provisional thesis in mind and you start reading, you will find later that a lot of your time spent reading was spent on sources that are not particularly relevant. And when this happens, students tend to do one of two things.
    1. Either they spend double the amount of time trying to locate more appropriate and better related sources; or
    2. They try to make the sources they already reviewed fit into their argument, even though they know it doesn’t. This results in a poorly put together paper where it is obvious to the teacher that you are trying too hard to put a round peg in a square hole.
  • When you are given an assignment without a thesis readymade, your first step should be to formulate one that is as close to the question you want to answer as possible. Develop this by thinking, reading, and writing down any provisional thesis that come to mind. Do not commit to a thesis prematurely. Give yourself time to research and slowly alter the thesis during the process. Pursue any provisional thesis you have and then test it. Ask yourself what opposing arguments exist and whether you can qualify your thesis in the face of the opposition or not. If you cannot, then you might want to consider a different topic.

Tip: Double check that you answered the right question throughout the writing process. Do not wait until the end of the paper to realize that you answered the opposite or entirely wrong question.

 
 

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