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Many courses and degrees require that students write a short thesis. This book guides students through their first experience of producing a thesis and undertaking original research. Written by experienced researchers and advisors, the book sets out signposts and tasks to help students to understand what is needed to succeed, including scoping a topic, managing references, interpreting data, and successful completion.

For students, the task of writing a thesis is a transition from structured coursework to becoming a researcher. The book provides advice on:

What to expect from research and how to work with a supervisorGetting organized and approaching the work in a productive way

Developing an overall thesis structure and avoidance of mistakes such as inadvertent plagiarism

Producing each major component: a strong introduction, background chapters that are situated in the discipline, and an explanation of methods and results that are crucial to successful original research

How to wrap up a complex project with an extended checklist of the many details needed to be checked before a final submissionProducing and managing a thesis for the first time can be a daunting task, and this reader-friendly guidebook provides a framework for students to do their best.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Transition to Your First Thesis

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Chapter 2. Getting Organized

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Chapter 3. The Structure of a Thesis

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Chapter 4. A Strong Beginning: The Introduction

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Chapter 5. Situating the Study: The Background

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Chapter 6. Explaining the Investigation: Methods and Innovations

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Chapter 7. Presenting the Outcome: The Results

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Chapter 8. Wrapping it up: Discussion and Conclusion

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Chapter 9. Before You Submit

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