Guidelines of Writing a Comprehensive Dissertation Appendix

Dissertation work involves a hefty amount of assessed references. Some references are directly quoted; others are placed as footnotes. And there are those that are placed at the last pages. It usually reads: Appendix A, B and so on.

This blog post provides helpful information about writing dissertation appendix. For a start, what tools would students need?

i. Your university’s dissertation formats and guidelines. These may come as a short brochure or a comprehensive handbook. This is useful for almost everything – from paging to font style, spacing to sizes.

ii. Your preferred word processor. Popular choice is Microsoft’s MS Word. However, there are other processors (and writing applications) that permit students to tweak the formats.

iii. Your detail-conscious eyes. Your eyes will be paring with your hands and gray matter for a lengthy period of time. Be sure to get enough rest for its best performance.

After gathering these tools, students can go and focus on their Appendix section. Refer to the following steps for a streamlined work:

1. Categorise your sources. Which among those references will make it as an in-text citation, as a footnote entry and as an appendix-part? Sources that do make it in this section are those that need not necessarily make an appearance in the dissertation’s main content, but is relevant enough to be included.

Now, this body of information is lengthier and focused that it just won’t fit to as a footnote. Such resources automatically make it in the Appendix section.

2. Arrange all entries. Your university guideline or handbook is the best source of idea. This material may (or may not) specify how your Appendix entries are arranged. In most cases, entries follow the order of brief citation in the main content. That is: Appendix A has been mentioned in page 63, Appendix B in page 89…

3. Indicate header. Header titles that pair the word ‘Appendix’ range from letters (A, B, C) to Roman Numerals (I, X, VII). Find dissertations and theses guide or the university research handbook for specific details.

Follow these steps and your Appendix section is sure to go!

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