How to Write a Good
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1) Think Broad Then Narrow
a. The first step is always the hardest.
One thing that helps is to start
thinking broadly about what interests
b. Once you’ve gotten a good number of
thoughts down on paper, begin to
analyze each one.
c. Look for a problem, or an
inconsistency, within these topics that
you would like to talk about.
a. Clearly expand on the material summarised in the abstract
b. It should signpost/highlight the content of the rest of the dissertation
c. Give the reader background information, contextualising your research
d. Clearly outline the focus/aim of your research- the position you are
taking and why, what is the issue at hand, how it links to the background
information, and so forth
e. Clearly outline why this study/research is valuable and worth conducting-
this is very important, think about the WHY of it all
f. Outline the objective and intended outcome of your work- clarity,
achievability, distinctness and relatability to your area of study
a. Conclusions’ as to the main points that
have emerged and what they mean for
b. Do not regurgitate your thesis
c. Further applications of your research-
think back to the value of your project
a. A clearly outlined statement of the issue/problem your are
analysing and the reason that you are researching said issue
b. A brief outline of what each rung/section/chapter of your thesis will
c. Your research methods and findings
d. What is your conclusion/ what did you find
5) Checking for Resources
a. Find reputable sources
b. Read literature on what is said against your tentative
6) Find and Use Library References
a. Talk to your professors, ask the librarian for help,
bounce ideas off of your friends
7) Cite as You Go
a. The best way to cite a source is to cite it the second
you use it
b. Attempting to remember what source you used where
will be a headache if you leave it for the end
8) Edit, Edit, Edit…
a. Leave plenty of time for editing- good writing is in editing.
b. Is your argument clear? Are you rambling in some parts? Could you
make your conclusion stronger? If so, how? Have you backed up all
your claims? Have you made sure to address opposing points of
view? How well have you refuted other arguments?
9) Just Start Writing
a. Just start writing, don’t delay this. You can always edit later
10) Write as You Go
a. It is super important to be
prepared to critique and revise
your own work several times.
b. Even your early chapters, already
assessed, may need revision later.
c. It is a positive sign of your growth
in experience and skill.
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