In around 4th century BC (384 to 322 BC), a Greek philosopher named Aristotle gave the first ever classification in biology and divided organisms into two groups- plants and animals.
Fast forward to 18th century, a Swedish scientist namely Carolus Linneus divided living things into one of two kingdoms of plant and animals, based on their similarities and differences.
These classifications have made the very foundation of the science of the living. That is the significance of categorization-it makes your work easier, concise and effective. Therefore, divide the chapters of your thesis effectively to score well in your academic paper.
A dissertation is a long essay-long enough to be composed into a book. Hence, it becomes all the more essential to break it into different segments for better understanding of the text.
The first part of your thesis is the introductory section, similar to that found in most books. It consists of further smaller sections that include the following-
- A copyrights page
- A quotation of some prominent personality related to your field
- The page of contents to make it clear to the reader about the topics covered under the dissertation
- A crisp summary of your work- probably the most important part as the professor or any person who reads your thesis will form an impression of what lies ahead based on the synopsis
- Acknowledgements and/ or dedication page to express gratitude to the people who helped you complete your essay
The second part or the main body of the dissertation may be the easiest section to divide and format, however, it also takes the longest time to be categorized. It comprises of a prologue of yours, the first chapter followed by the others. Make sure that there is a consistency and flow as one moves from one chapter to another.
Each chapter should be further divided into various sub-sections and each sub-section must begin with a prominent sub-heading.
The third part is the last section of your dissertation and is also termed as the “back matter.” This section must not be taken for granted just because it forms the last part of your thesis for it contains important reference information and citations that you have used in your essay. Skipping this section can even lead to the rejection of your thesis. It further contains a conclusion, an appendix and a bibliography.
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