Writing A Thesis will be valuable for all students from a variety of disciplines facing the task of organising and writing a thesis. The paired terms ‘organising and writing’ are used deliberately to emphasise the point that the task of writing a thesis, even one of three hundred pages, is straightforward if you know you have something to say. ‘Organising’ refers to that difficult task of getting started and having a coherent view of why you are saying what you are saying. That is why this book refers to it being ‘an intellectual approach’ to thesis writing and to distinguish it from those books that adopt a mechanical approach.
Those in the latter category spend far too much time stressing the areas that students least need, such as ‘have a good filing system’, ‘ensure good lighting over your desk’ and so on! Apart from its focus on the intellectual approach – the area students most need – Writing A Thesis will be valuable because it is brief and compact, cross disciplinary and contains numerous instructive diagrams.