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How to Organize your Thesis?如何组织你的论文?

How to Organize your Thesis 如何组织你的论文?本文由英国论文网代写留学生论文专家提供纯英文留学生论文写作指导。
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Introduction
This note describes how to organize the written thesis which is the central element of your graduate degree. To know how to organize the thesis document, you first have to understand what graduate-level research is all about, so that is covered too. In other words, this note should be helpful when you are just getting started in your graduate program, as well as later when you start to write your thesis.
What Graduate Research is All About
The distinguishing mark of graduate research is an original contribution to knowledge. The thesis is a formal document whose sole purpose is to prove that you have made an original contribution to knowledge. Failure to prove that you have made such a contribution generally leads to failure.
To this end, your thesis must show two important things:
you have identified a worthwhile problem or question which has not been previously answered,
you have solved the problem or answered the question.
Your contribution to knowledge generally lies in your solution or answer.
What the Graduate Thesis is All About
Because the purpose of the graduate thesis is to prove that you have made an original and useful contribution to knowledge, the examiners read your thesis to find the answers to the following questions:
what is this student's research question?
is it a good question? (has it been answered before? is it a useful question to work on?)
did the student convince me that the question was adequately answered?
has the student made an adequate contribution to knowledge?
A very clear statement of the question is essential to proving that you have made an original and worthwhile contribution to knowledge. To prove the originality and value of your contribution, you must present a thorough review of the existing literature on the subject, and on closely related subjects. Then, by making direct reference to your literature review, you must demonstrate that your question (a) has not been previously answered, and (b) is worth answering. Describing how you answered the question is usually easier to write about, since you have been intimately involved in the details over the course of your graduate work.
If your thesis does not provide adequate answers to the few questions listed above, you will likely be faced with a requirement for major revisions or you may fail your thesis defence outright. For this reason, the generic thesis skeleton given below is designed to highlight the answers to those questions with appropriate thesis organization and section titles. The generic thesis skeleton can be used for any thesis. While some professors may prefer a different organization, the essential elements in any thesis will be the same. Some further notes follow the skeleton.


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