Tips For Creating A Proper Dissertation Introduction Outline

Before you read on, you should know the answer to the following two questions.

Why is the introduction to your dissertation important?

Because it is the first contact that the reader makes with your topic. When you start reading a story, and find that it is set up to be the same bland fairy tale that has been rehashed numerous times, you do not want to read any further. That is why your introduction needs to be interesting as well as insightful, and it is a tough combination to achieve.

Now, about the outline:

The accomplishment of that very objective of interesting and insightful is where the outline comes in. The outline helps you structure not only your introduction but indirectly your entire report, because what you put in the introduction is a precursor to things to come in the paper.

How to make the perfect outline:

  • Make a list of all that you want to include in the paper. Want, not need.

  • Now, narrow the list down to topics you think can be excluded. If you want, you may get a third person’s opinion on this one since yours may be biased.

  • Consider the length of your introduction, and then of the paper. Will a number of maximum words you have to write be enough to throw just enough light on the topics you want to write on? If not, narrow the list down once more. Once again, you may use a third opinion.

  • You are now down to the bare minimum. But, do you know what is good about that? You have now eliminated all the unnecessary topics, and come up with the skeleton of a crisp, sharp, and concise introduction. You have just enough space to talk about all of them and set up an amazing prolog to what would be an even better movie.
  • The ability to make the perfect outline, however, does not come overnight. You need to read and consider carefully what is important and what is not. If necessary, check this website, which will give you essential tips on how to craft the outline to your introduction. You may also refer to some tutorial websites, papers, journals and articles to see the makeup of a good introduction. Try to incorporate the elements into your own work, but make sure you tailor them according to your needs.