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.Again, you want to ease the reader into your topic, so stating something like “my research focus is…” in the first line of your section might come across overly harsh.
As you will have already written the literature review, the most prominent authors will already be evident and you can showcase this research to the best of your ability.
One of the main purposes of the background section is to ease the reader into the topic.
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.
While this is certainly an important element to any research project, and to the sanity of the researcher, the writing in the dissertation needs to go beyond ‘interesting’ to why there is a particular need for this research.
This can be done by providing a background section.
You can do this successfully by identifying the gap in the research and the problem that needs addressing.
One common mistake made by students is to justify their research by stating that the topic is interesting to them.