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Do’s and Don’ts While Writing the Conclusion of a Dissertation


Summary– Writing a conclusion of a dissertation is to place forth an analysis of the arguments that were introduced in the beginning of the thesis. Following are the do’s and don’ts while writing a conclusion to make it effective.

Even when one has completed the bulk of a dissertation or thesis, tackled the difficult chapters and paragraphs in the study, when it comes to writing conclusion, one has to pay attention to it and ensure that it is not weakening the essay. A good conclusion has the capacity to reinforce the argument and shows to the reader how the topic of research has been validated.

So, what should be done and what should not be done in writing a dissertation’s conclusion?

The following things should be encompassed and some never introduced while writing a conclusion.

New information should not be introduced

Your conclusion should always talk about the research information you have derived at. At best, if it is so relevant, you may offer useful directions of future research while writing your conclusion. You could also suggest what new avenues of research that has been opened up by your argument. But, whatever you do, do not include an entirely new topic in your conclusion.If the information has a huge significance in the argument, it should be introduced in the literature review and other central chapters like data analysis.

Your conclusion is trying to summarize the findings of your argument and come to a decision or further hypotheses. Adding a new topic would distract a reader away from the impact of the argument you have focused the research on.

Summarize the argument

Your conclusion is the place where you can remind your reader that you have accomplished in establishing the argument of your thesis. You can do so by briefly summarizing all those points that you have made in the preceding paragraphs of the dissertation body. There is no need to reargue these points once again. Whatever argument you place has to be completed in the earlier part of the essay.

Just reiterate the points and demonstrate directly these points that has addressed and supported your thesis. A conclusion can actually help the reader identify what areas of the topic lack enough research and guide them to newer topics from it.

Reiterate the thesis you proposed

Conclusion is the last and culminating impression received by your reader of the dissertation and the argument you have placed forth. Ensure that you have reiterated your thesis, making sure you have matched the contents with the ones you placed in your introduction. Moreover, do not just copy the dissertation aim and objective you have formed in your introduction. Instead, reword your thesis by encompassing the developments you made while making the body of your dissertation.

The best way to write a good conclusion is by re-reading the dissertation from the beginning once again. This helps in making analytical statements of the proceedings in your dissertation and also opens up avenues of further research and development from your thesis. A good conclusion can actually leave the reader very satisfied and help in ponder over what other avenues are there which could be ventured into. Those who are good researchers will always support their conclusion with recommendations.

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