You are going to want to begin outlining your background section by identifying crucial pieces of your topic that the reader needs to know from the outset.
A good starting point might be to write down a list of the top 5-7 readings/authors that you found most influential (and as demonstrated in your literature review).
In writing the background information, one to two pages is plenty.
You need to be able to arrive at your research focus quite quickly and only provide the basic information that allows your reader to appreciate your research in context.
One key point to remember is that your research focus must link to the background information that you have provided above.
While you might write the sections on different days or even different months, it all has to look like one continuous flow.We’ve also identified some common mistakes often made by students in their writing so that you can steer clear of them in your work.While the ‘background information’ usually appears first in a dissertation introduction, the structure of the remaining three points is completely up to you.Make sure that you employ transitional phrases to ensure that the reader knows how the sections are linked to each other.The research focus leads into the value, aims and objectives of your research, so you might want to think of it as the tie between what has already been done and the direction your research is going.There are opportunities to combine these sections to best suit your needs.There are also opportunities to add in features that go beyond these four points.In terms of length, there is no rule about how long a dissertation introduction needs to be, as it is going to depend on the length of the total dissertation.Generally, however, if you aim for a length between 5-7% of the total, this is likely to be acceptable.It’s fair to assume that because the abstract and introduction are the first chapters to be read by someone reading your dissertation, it means they must be written first also. You’ll actually be far better off writing your dissertation introduction, conclusion and abstract after you have written all the other parts of the dissertation. Firstly, writing retrospectively means that your dissertation introduction and conclusion will ‘match’ and your ideas will all be tied up nicely. If you write your introduction before anything else, it’s likely your ideas will evolve and morph as your dissertation develops.And then you’ll just have to go back and edit or totally re-write your introduction again.