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Dissertation Planner - Writing the Introduction: Writing the introduction

Ready to begin drafting your dissertation? We recommend you first explore our Rough Drafting guide to reflect on the nature of a first draft, learning practical goal-setting tips, discover your ideal writing environment, and more.

Next, use our Crafting the Introduction guide to create a clear and engaging introductory chapter for your dissertation.

Our Writing the Dissertation: the Introduction and Conclusion video covers the essentials of writing the introduction and conclusion of a dissertation: how to structure both chapters, or sections, what to include, and not include, and the symbiotic relationship between the two.

Crucial to any dissertation is a clear and strong thesis statement. This single statement functions as the cornerstone of your entire dissertation, so it's important to get it right. See the 'Thesis Statements' tab of the Crafting the Introduction guide for more.