What is an Appendix in a Dissertation?

Items to be Included in Appendices

  • Meanings of words/phrases:
  • Forms of usage
  • Context behind a research methodology/question/subjects of study/objects used etc
  • Context behind a research methodology/question/subjects of study/objects used etc
  • Information about an area of research
  • Additional results and surveys
  • Tables, diagrams, graphs
  • Dates, time, places
  • Any other connected information

Tips to Help Write an Appendix

  • Go through your dissertation and mark phrases or words
  • Use a dictionary
  • State what the table/diagram/survey is in reference to
  • Try to include the date and time of data collection
  • Do not worry about giving TMI (Too Much Information)
  • Look at a few examples
  • Referring to an appendix

Guidelines to Formatting of an Appendix

  • Create multiple appendices if you need
  • Write point-wise
  • The contents explained should be in the order of their appearance in the dissertation
  • Have a minimum of two columns to divide elements and their explanation
  • Title and label the tables and graphs
  • Put these appendices in the right order

To Conclude

An appendix, though not part of the main body of a dissertation, is relevant to it. All explanations that cannot be included in the main body of the dissertation can be part of the Appendix. The role of an appendix is to show minor details that are part of the dissertation process. However, appendices need to be well structured and the items included in the appendices systematically organized. There is no point in losing the purpose of an appendix. Refer to your appendices wherever needed in the main body. In order to be able to refer to it, structure your appendix well. Do not ignore it just because it comes at the end of your dissertation.

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