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Tips on how to Structure the Body in Dissertations and Theses


As with any writing, structuring the Body of the work, is always going to be the meat of the project. And because of that, the most structured and hardest part. Yes, there is structure to the introduction, and conclusion, but the body is where the vast majority of the information is. Laying down a sound structure is the only way to build the Dissertation’s body.

  1. Format
  2. Outline
  3. Subsections
  4. Images and graphs
  • Format
  • There is never a way to get past the format requirements. The style the dissertation is written in, is what formatting that has to be followed. Each style, APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and so on have their required format. Always keep the style handbook close by to check any questions that might arise. Reference it frequently to make sure the citation, italic/bold fonts, ect. are use right.

  • Outline
  • Whenever the thesis is started, an outline should have been the first thing done. But with that said, sometimes a student finds new information they did not plan on, or discovers something new (rare). In cases like this, or if for any other reason that changes need to be made, change the outline to reflect it. This is the road map for the dissertation. The writer will literally get lost if the map is not kept up-dated. Or in fact redone to keep up.

  • Subsections
  • In many ways a dissertation is like a book. Not just the size, but the many components of it. Each of these components should have their own subsection. Each subsection has to have a subheading to direct the reader that the writer is talking about a different aspect. The research method should be in its own subsection with a subheading, as an example. These are like chapters in a book, and every chapter has a chapter heading. Just like the rest of the body, make sure each subsection is clear and concise.

  • Images and Graphs
  • Images, graphs, and charts are all useful to a dissertation. But what is more important is that they are all in the right areas. Also that they are all referenced correctly. Always give proper citation to each image, graph, and chart used, even if they are the writers. This is so that there is no misunderstanding on the information. If the writer, did a statistical review of information, and charted it, say that, and explain the process used.