The degree thesis index

Choosing the subject in which to graduate and agree with the teacher the title of his / her thesis is the goal to which every university student aims. Arrived, in fact, at this point the goal is now near and the achievement of the degree a concrete goal by now.

Obviously the work to be dedicated to the thesis is demanding and to achieve the best possible result it is necessary to dedicate time, energy and research.

Each faculty, subject and thesis topic requires a different type of work. They range from research theses to compilation theses, passing through design and experimental theses.

One thing, however, is common to all: to get a good result it is essential to organize the work in a functional and optimized way.

The starting point for every job is therefore the index.

But what is it in detail? And how do you organize an effective index?

Let’s start from the basics, that is from the definition of index: “List, accompanied by the page number, of the chapters of which a book is composed or of its content”.

Obviously the index is one of the first things to do when you start working on your thesis, as it illustrates a representation of the working hypothesis you are about to undertake. During the work the index may undergo changes and variations, but it is important for both the student and the speaker to have an overall idea of development.

What are the criteria for drawing up a solid and structured index? In fact it represents the skeleton of the thesis, which develops through a main framework consisting of the chapters, which in turn branch out into paragraphs and subparagraphs. And precisely because it is considered the supporting structure of the work it must be solid and well structured, beyond the task of indicating the number of pages.

As anticipated each thesis follows its own working methodology, but in principle there are some common points common to all.

The first place in the index will therefore be occupied by the introduction, where the “premises” of the paper are illustrated. It is followed by the chapters, which will gradually penetrate the development of the thesis itself. The conclusions and the bibliography follow.

As for the chapters, the choice of titles, as well as those of paragraphs and subparagraphs, is fundamental. They follow one another starting from the numbering of the chapter (eg 1,2 etc.), followed by the paragraph number (eg 1.1, 1.2 etc.) and the sub-paragraph (1.1.1,1.2.1, etc.).

Last useful note is to remember that all the most famous text processors (for example Word) allow you to insert the index automatically, and it will be easy to keep it updated in case of changes in the course of work.
It is precisely the case to say this: those who begin well are in the middle of the work.


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