Let's Learn More About Structure: What Is A Dissertation Appendix
When it comes to writing academic papers, there are various sections that you may need to be aware of, such as an appendix. This particular section can be particularly useful, especially when it comes to reducing the work out of your dissertation. Essentially, you can use your appendix to include various materials that aren’t necessarily required in the main body, that provide additional information that can help to support any arguments that you are trying to make.
What to include in the appendix
There are many different
things that you may wish to include in the appendix of your paper. For example, there may be various items relating to the research that you have done that do not necessarily need to be included in the main body of your work, but would be useful for the reader to look at, if they so wish. Likewise, any results that you may have gathered can be included in the section as well.
Other details that you may wish to reserve the appendix include tables, graphs and any other related diagrams that may provide information to the reader. Alternatively, as well as picture-based evidence, you may have other supporting evidence, such as details of legislation that you refer to, which you do not necessarily want to include in your main body, but wish to have on hand as supplementary evidence.
The following outlines some examples of materials that you may include within your appendix:
- Sample questionnaires
- Results of surveys and questionnaires
- Interview transcripts
- Tables and other related items that are too large to be included within the main body
- Details of a piece of legislation
Where should you include the appendix?
Once you may be wondering is where to include this particular section, in terms of the structure of your work. Ultimately, this particular section will almost certainly be included at the end of your work. It is a good idea to think of it as a supplementary piece, containing any necessary materials that you do not necessarily need to include in the main bulk of your paper, but wish to make available to the reader nonetheless.
By including it at the end of your paper, it helps to avoid unnecessary clutter or interference with the main arguments that you are making, but provides a quick and easy reference guide for the reader, when they need to look at further evidence.