How Many Words Should You Write A Dissertation Introduction?

Dissertations are the most extensive papers for college students to write (on average). The information that is required of them includes well-reputable sources that you have to vet thoroughly out on your own. Typically, the page amount/length is never less than 5 pages (and that is on the very low end of the spectrum).

With that in mind, it is important to take as much time as you possibly can to fully complete a dissertation paper. Whether you are an over achiever or a procrastinator, use every single minute that you have available to complete your dissertation. (You will thank yourself later when you achieve a great grade.) You can follow this link for complete descriptions and breakdowns of a dissertation paper.

As every paper is structured, the beginning is obviously the introduction. The first sneak peak into what you the writer will be covering within the paper and what they can expect. It is always important to make a strong and great first impression with your introduction.

So that brings us to the most important question of the article… how many words should you write for a dissertation?

Technically there is no required (if you do not meet or exceed this amount) then you are wrong. (Unless specified by your teacher/professor, which is a different scenario.) However, it is highly recommended that if you can stay within the 250-300 word count for your introduction, then you will definitely be in great shape.

The old mantra is very well prevalent when it comes to introductions in a dissertation paper. “The more words you speak, the less they mean.”

An introduction is not meant to be longer than the body or take away from the presence of the body paragraphs either. Imagine that you are introducing one of your friends to another friend and they do not know each other. You don’t give them a full background check of each other. You as the mutual friend is sufficient enough until they begin their own conversation to get to know each other.

As stated earlier, dissertations are fairly long in word count and page length. There is no need to think that you have to jam pack your introduction with more words than it actually needs. Let it serve its purpose of a front door to your paper, and let the body speak for itself (metaphorically speaking you and your perspective on the specific topic).

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