Thesis Writing
I. Thesis structure Title Page Title (including subtitle), author, institution, department, date of delivery, research mentor, mentor's institution

Abstract A good abstract explains in one line why the paper is important. It then goes on to give a summary of your major results, preferably couched in numbers with error limits. The final sentences explain the major implications of your work. A good abstract is concise, readable, and quantitative.
Length should be ~ 1-2 paragraphs, approx. 400 words. Absrtracts generally do not have citations. Information in title should not be repeated.
Be explicit.
Use numbers where appropriate. Answers to these questions should be found in the abstract:
What did you do?
Why did you do it? What question were you trying to answer?
How did you do it? State methods. What did you learn? State major results.
Why does it matter? Point out at least one significant implication.

Table of Contents list all headings and subheadings with page numbers indent subheadings it will look something like this:

Page #

List of Figures List of Tables
subheads ...?
subheads ...?
subheads ...?
subheads ...?
List of Figures List page numbers of all figures. The list should include a short title for each figure but not the whole caption.
List of Tables List page numbers of all tables. The list should include a short title for each table but not the whole caption.
Introduction You can't write or thesis writing a good introduction until you know what the body of the paper says. Consider writing the introductory section(s) after you have completed the rest of the paper, rather than before Visit

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