Thesis Front Matter overview
Each university/department has its own rules about the first few pages. They often change - especially the order.
Check your official handbook.
A common combination is:
- Title Page
- Table of Contents
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
Page 1: Title page.
I will give you an example to follow for your Title Page.
Page 2: Table of Contents
Use styles for headings, then you can autogenerate.
- This is difficult the first time you do it, but is much easier for long projects.
- Watch (link)
Page 3: List of Figures
- Diagrams, graphs, maps, photos - anything not a table.
- Use styles for figure captions and you can autogenerate this
Page 4: List of Tables
- Use styles for table captions and you can autogenerate this
Page 5: Acknowledgements
- I would like to express my thanks to X for his advice.
- I am particularly grateful to Y for her encouragement.
- I would also like to thank Z for agreeing to participate...
- ...and for their numerous helpful suggestions and comments.
The abstract is basically like the words on the back of a book. It is there to help the reader decide whether or not to read the actual book or download the article.
- Write the abstract LAST.
- Read a few abstracts to get the style.
- APA abstracts should be 150-250 words. You should include:
- the topic
- the research question from your INTRO
- a summary of the RESULTS
- a summary of your CONCLUSIONS.
- a quick definition of any unusual terms/acronyms/abbreviations
- You should not include
- any citations
- details on your methodology
Do not indent your abstract paragraph