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How to Organize Your Thesis Introduction This note describes how to organize the written thesis which is the central element of your graduate degree To know how to organize the thesis document you first have to understand what graduate-level research is all about so that is covered too In other words this note should be helpful when you are just getting started in your graduate program as well as later when you start to write your thesis What Graduate Research is All About The distinguishing mark of graduate research is an original contribution to knowledge The thesis is a formal document whose sole purpose is to prove that you have made an original contribution to knowledge Failure to prove that you have made such a contribution generally leads to failure To this end your thesis must show two important things you have identified a worthwhile problem or question which has not been previously answered you have solved the problem or answered the question Your contribution to knowledge generally lies in your solution or answer What the Graduate Thesis is All About Because the purpose of the graduate thesis is to prove that you have made an original and useful contribution to knowledge the examiners read your thesis to find the answers to the following questions what is this students research question is it a good question has it been answered before is it a useful question to work on did the student convince me that the question was adequately answered has the student made an adequate contribution to knowledge A very clear statement of the question is essential to proving that you have made an original and worthwhile contribution to knowledge To prove the originality and value of your
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