It’s fair to assume that because the abstract and introduction are the first chapters to be read by someone reading your dissertation, it means they must be written first also. You’ll actually be far better off writing your dissertation introduction, conclusion and abstract after you have written all the other parts of the dissertation. Firstly, writing retrospectively means that your dissertation introduction and conclusion will ‘match’ and your ideas will all be tied up nicely. If you write your introduction before anything else, it’s likely your ideas will evolve and morph as your dissertation develops.And then you’ll just have to go back and edit or totally re-write your introduction again.We’ve also identified some common mistakes often made by students in their writing so that you can steer clear of them in your work.
Having solidified your research accomplishments in your dissertation conclusion can make it easier to summarize your results in abstract form.
You can include keywords as part of your abstract, which will increase accessibility to scholars searching online.
As you will have already written the literature review, the most prominent authors will already be evident and you can showcase this research to the best of your ability.
One of the main purposes of the background section is to ease the reader into the topic.
Avoid flowery or gimmicky phrasing in this introductory sentence; you can still hook your reader using a straightforward statement.
The second sentence of your summary should recap your dissertation's thesis statement.
You are going to want to begin outlining your background section by identifying crucial pieces of your topic that the reader needs to know from the outset.
A good starting point might be to write down a list of the top 5-7 readings/authors that you found most influential (and as demonstrated in your literature review).
For example, some students like to add in their research questions in their dissertation introduction so that the reader is not only exposed to the aims and objectives but also has a concrete framework for where the research is headed.
Other students might save the research methods until the end of the literature review/beginning of the methodology.