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4. Writing up your Research: Books on Thesis Writing

A personal favourite of a thesis student

More practical tips

Your dissertation may be the longest piece of writing you have ever done, but there are ways to approach it that will help to make it less overwhelming.

Write up as you go along. It is much easier to keep track of how your ideas develop and writing helps clarify your thinking. 

You don't have to start with the introduction – start at the chapter that seems the easiest to write 

Think of each chapter as an essay in itself – it should have a clear introduction and conclusion. Use the conclusion to link back to the overall research question.

Think of the main argument of your dissertation as a river, and each chapter is a tributary feeding into this. 

Write a chapter, read it and do a redraft - then move on. This stops you from getting bogged down in one chapter.

Don't write anything that isn't relevant. It's often easier to add information, than have to cut down a long chapter that you've slaved over for hours.


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Remember to save your work in different places

Save your work! Remember to save your work frequently to somewhere you can access it easily. It's a good idea to save your work in at least three places: on your computer, a flash drive and a copy to a cloud-based service like Google Docs or Dropbox .

Save each new file with the date in the file name as different files can get very confusing