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Fletcher Guide for Preparation of Dissertations: What to Include

Dissertation Sections

A. Short CV (Curriculum Vitae) or Resume. (This is Optional.)  This should include the following:
  1. Education
  2. Professional Experience
  3. Publications
  4. Any other information deemed pertinent

B. Abstract

C. Dedication, if any

D. Acknowledgments, if any

E. Preface, if any

F. Table of Contents. This should include the following:
  1. Chapter numbers, titles, and page number on which each begins. Sub-topics may be included with or without page numbers.
  2. All other parts of the paper, such as Appendix and Bibliography, which follow the text.

G. List of Tables

H. List of Figures

G. List of Abbreviations

H. The Text – including footnote or parenthetical references

I. Summary or Conclusion
This may be very brief, and therefore included in the last chapter, or extensive, in which case it will be a separate concluding chapter.

J. Appendices, if appropriate

K. Bibliography
This should include all material consulted that was useful in the actual composition of the dissertation.

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