Essay Parts of a Thesis

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Parts of a Thesis


Main body of thesis

End matter

The diagram above shows the basic layout of a thesis.

The thesis is made up of three major elements:
Prelims: Everything that comes before the first page of the Introduction.

Main body of the thesis: Begins with the first page of the Introduction and continues to the last page of the Conclusions/Recommendations.

End matter: The reference list and the appendices.

(Note that these titles— Prelims, Main Body and End matter— are used here for convenience only. You are not to use them as labels for these parts of your thesis.)

You can see from the diagram that the parts get progressively bigger. The prelims are just a few
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The best place to put the page number is at the bottom of the page, centred or to the right. Do not give page ranges on the Table of Contents. Just list the page each element starts on.


Correct: 3
Incorrect: 3 - 5

The first page of the Introduction gets the Arabic number 1. Follow on with Arabic numbers for all the pages that come after that, right through to the end of the Appendices.

How to Treat Headings

You will probably have at least three levels of headings in the thesis.

Level 1 headings will include:
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
Glossary (if needed)
List of Abbreviations (if needed)
All the Chapter titles
List of Works Cited

You need to differentiate clearly in size and placement between the different levels of headings.

For example, Level 1 headings: Times Roman 14, bold, centred, all main words capitalised.

Like this:

Chapter 1: Introduction

You can set up the heading style for the different levels of headings on the style sheet for the thesis in Word. Then when you choose Heading 1, or Heading 2, Word will automatically apply the correct heading style for this level of heading. Or if you do not know how to set up a style sheet, you can

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