Keeping the introduction in mind will help you to ensure that your research stays on track.
The introduction provides the rationale for your dissertation, thesis or other research project: what you are trying to answer and why it is important to do this research.
Don’t include too many citations in your introduction: this is your summary of why you want to study this area, and what questions you hope to address.
Any citations are only to set the context, and you should leave the bulk of the literature for a later section.
First, your department and/or tutor have to be convinced that the subject upon which you wish to write is feasible.
In other words, they need to know that the breadth of the subject you propose is not too small (to ensure that there’s enough to talk about) or too wide (which would mean that you wouldn’t be able to do the subject justice). It wants you to do well and the proposal is, therefore, a way of trying to help you to go in the right direction before you start to write your dissertation.Your introduction should contain a clear statement of the research question and the aims of the research (closely related to the question).It should also introduce and briefly review the literature on your topic to show what is already known and explain the theoretical framework.Some good ideas for making your introduction strong include: Your introduction is the reader’s ‘door’ into your thesis or dissertation.It therefore needs to make sense to the non-expert.You should write a draft of your introduction very early on, perhaps as early as when you submit your research proposal, to set out a broad outline of your ideas, why you want to study this area, and what you hope to explore and/or establish.You can, and should, update your introduction several times as your ideas develop.This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.Unlike your research proposal, however, you have now completed the work.This means that your introduction can be much clearer about what exactly you chose to investigate and the precise scope of your work.