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Writing a dissertation introduction is perceived as a relatively straightforward aspect of the dissertation writing process. The reason for this may be that we often find typical components in an introduction that we can use, regardless of the study we are writing. One of the challenges of writing a good introduction, however, is to be brief, and to stay focused. An incoherent or unfocussed introduction, or one that is over-lengthy, may detract from the overall grade of the dissertation and will not create a good impression on the reader(s). Be mindful that you should avoid being anecdotal in your introduction (i.e. writing as if you are telling a story) and you will also need to avoid wasting words by stating the obvious and writing a series of over-generalised statements. Below you will find some helpful suggestions for writing an effective dissertation introduction:
• To write a fascinating opening sentence that will keep the reader’s attention focused
• Not to say everything you have to say in the introduction – save some of your good material for later sections of the dissertation
• To try to keep the reader engaged and to make them read on
• To ensure that there is a direct relationship between the introduction and the remainder of the dissertation, do not deviate from the key objectives
• To ensure that you do not promise what cannot be fulfilled or what goes beyond what can reasonably be expected

The reason for this is that in a longer piece of writing such as a dissertation, it becomes more important to remind the reader of what you are doing and why you are doing it, before each chapter continues. Because of its length, there will be more opportunity to introduce a sense of debate into the introduction to a dissertation; and you will have time to bring in a wider range of references from outside. It is a good idea in a chapter introduction to remind the reader what happened in the previous chapter.Many academic experts have identified a number of key components of an introduction. It will not always be necessary or desirable to include all of them, but they will generally be used in some combination or other, in order to introduce an academic argument:

• A statement of the importance of the subject
• Mention of previous work on the subject
• A justification for dealing with the subject
• A statement of your objectives
• A statement of the limitations of the work
• A mention of some of the differing viewpoints on the subject
• A definition of the topic being discussed

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