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Sections and chapters

Dissertations are sometimes divided into chapters, sometimes into sections, and sometimes both are used. Reports are divided using numbered headings which show the importance of the material in each section, moving from a main level heading down to second, third and fourth level headings and so on (this was discussed in detail in the part on planning).

How you divide material will relate directly back to your plan: each section of your plan will represent a main section (or chapter) of your finished document. There is comfort in this: you will not need to worry about structuring as you write, you will be confident in your plan and know in advance where your writing is leading you and the reader. However, even ...

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