Index of the thesis: not to lose the thread of the speech!

Index of the thesis: not to lose the thread of the speech!

Here you are, brave veteran of what should become the thirteenth labor of Hercules: create the general index of the thesis!

Even if the end of your spiritual journey towards the divine proclamation seems close, your heroic deeds are not yet finished! After creating the General Index, understanding the difference between the index and the summary and correctly inserting the footnotes, you only need one last knowledge to do. The one with the index!

What is an index?

The analytical term derives from the Latin analysis, which means analysis.

More detailed than the general index, it is with him that you will have to deal with when your thesis starts to be populated by a certain amount of support material. Among synoptic files, document extracts, lists of names of works and the like, you will begin to feel the need to bring order to the chaos!

What is its function?

Add detailed information of a different nature than the narrative tone of the narrative. In this way you can keep the main thread of the speech uninterrupted and send the reader back to a specific space. The one you reserved for a more specific study. In particular, you can create as many indexes as there are types of documents to attach.

Index of tables / illustrations. Contains image patterns and drawings. Help the reader to visualize, through a single glance, the list of all the graphic objects you have entered.

Index of documents. Contains real testimonials or data collected in the field following an investigation. You can include in this section: interviews, information derived from interpersonal interviews, test results, etc.

Index of names and arguments. Contains the list of authors and of the particular concepts you refer to during your thesis. Next to them it is very useful to report on which pages they are quoted, to facilitate the reader in his research.

Difference between analytical index and appendix

What if your thesis only contains some additional elements? Don’t you feel like creating an index because you fear you don’t have enough “substance”? Don’t worry, you can attach a simple appendix!

It is born precisely to add ancillary information not exhaustively dealt with in the text. Some examples of what you can put in the appendix:

The original version of a rare text. Within a philology thesis, if your speech revolves around the analysis of that particular document, of which you have perhaps only translated some passages.

The original text of a law or a legislative decree. Within a thesis, it will be useful for the reader to have the full text you have commented at hand.

A document of historical importance. Within a history thesis, historical relevance increases and contributes to shortening the distance between the age of the reader and that described by you in the thesis.

If the material research phase is finished, take a look at our guide on how to insert images, tables and graphics in the thesis.

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