The best part of thesis writing.
A thesis serves the primary purpose of training the student in the processes of scholarly research and writing under the direction of members of the graduate faculty. After the student has graduated and the thesis is “published,” it serves as a contribution to human knowledge, useful to other scholars and perhaps a more general audience as well. Therefore, the Graduate School of International Relations have established format standards that a thesis must meet before it receives final approval as a graduate requirement. This publication sets forth those standards. Some thesis requirements are purely technical; others have been established to ensure that certain vital information is presented in an orderly, uniform manner.
You'll develop and refine your thesis as you write and revise.
It also helps to start writing at a coarse granularity and successively refine your thesis. Don’t sit down and try to start writing the entire thesis from beginning to end. First make notes on what you want to cover; then organize these into an outline (which will probably change as you progress in your research and writing). Start drafting sections,beginning with those you’re most confident about. Do not feel obligated to write it perfectly the first time: if you can’t get a paragraph or phrase right, just write something (a rough cut, a note to yourself, a list of bulleted points) and move on. You can always come back to the hard parts later; the important thing is to make steady progress.
A statement granting IUJ the right to make single copies of the thesis appears following the title page in master’s theses only. It occupies a separate, unnumbered page (do not include it in the pagination) and need not be included in personal copies Type this page exactly as shown in the example near the back of this guide, and don’t forget to sign it when you submit the final copy to the Office of the GSIR.
WRITING A MASTER'S THESIS OR REPORT.
It is expected that the thesis will be written in clear, grammatically correct, that words will be spelled and divided correctly, and that punctuation will be standard and appropriate. Therefore, it is advisable to have a good desk dictionary and a handbook for grammar and usage during the writing and revision processes.
C.5 Examples of references to theses and dissertations.
C. Writing a thesis is not filling out a form. Your overall thesis is one continuous presentation. There is a logical sequence to it and every part is related to other parts as well as to your central theme. Outlines and formats are meant to help you in preparing this logical sequence. Don’t sacrifice logical sequence and connectedness of parts for the sake of format. Chapters, titles, and headings are meant to be dividers and labels throughout your manuscript to guide readers through your thinking. They are not part of the text nor do they serve as connectors between different parts of your text. The logic and continuity of presentation must be in the text itself. A strategy is to write the thesis without headings and insert the headings after you are done.
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B. Your audience is not only the professors on your committee. Your thesis advisor and committee members are not the only audience of your thesis. They are the gatekeepers who ensure that the quality of your thesis meet certain professional standards. Don’t write to impress the committee. Instead, aim at communicating to an educated audience in the scientific community (e.g., imagine writing to another graduate student in another university).
Have all components of your thesis proposal prepared and organized.
A thesis must include a bibliography or reference section listing all works which are referred to in the text, and in some cases other works also consulted in the course of research and writing. This section may either precede or follow the appendices (if any), or may appear at the end of each chapter. Usually, however, a single section is more convenient and useful for both author and reader.
Unless you re writing a technical report, avoid technical language.
A. A thesis is a piece of written communication. Writing a thesis is not merely an act of theory formulation, hypothesis deduction, data collection or analysis. When you write your thesis, those activities are already done. Remember that the thesis is basically a piece of written communication. To be effective, your communication should be clear and direct. Write what you mean to communicate and don’t obfuscate.