QUICK REFERENCE TO ANSWERS TO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
Is there a recommended table of contents for the T/D?
How does one approach the first draft of the T/D?
How does one get advice and technical assistance?
Is there a checklist recommended for the T/D manuscript?
Sooner or later, the time comes when the advisor and the student agree that a draft of the entire document should be prepared from title page to appendices and bibliography. From our experience, the earlier that first complete draft is written the better.
One of the first things a student wants to know is what a thesis or dissertation looks like. To determine that, both students and faculty members first need to know if there is a distinctive format associated with their kind of study or with their department or school.
In a more general sense, both students and faculty members are recognizing the importance of and the need for some skeletal structure around which to assemble their ideas, the data, and their conclusions. The desirability of a well-planned outline is emphasized by Martin (1980):