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Where to Look for Good Dissertation Acknowledgements Examples

The dissertation is a long and arduous process, one which can take months to complete. That being said, many students can get through the long and hard parts, but then they find themselves staring at the acknowledgements page with a blank cursor and an equally blank stare. This part can be quite challenging to write, especially when you start listing who was there to help you and you find that you cannot leave anyone out.

Bear in mind that one of the best ways to write a good dissertation acknowledgements page is to have an example on hand. An example will show you what tone is most appropriate for this unique page and how you should set it up. It will give you the guidelines as to who you should include and who you should not.

One of the nicest things about this page is that it is listed, more often than not, right at the start of the whole thing. So even if you cannot view the entire document, and only get a free preview, that may very well be all that you need to get the information you need. So where should you look for a good dissertation acknowledgements example?

  1. Try looking at your school library. Your school library will house a printed (or at the very least, a digital) copy of the published documents that other students have submitted before you. This will give you direct access to what your particular educational institution and your dissertation committee expect out of the acknowledgements page. This can prove most helpful when you are under a deadline.
  2. If that does not prove fruitful, try looking into another library or online. Your school, or a competing school, is bound to have digital copies online that you can view, at least in part. Again, even if you can only view a small portion of the paper without buying it, you can often reach the acknowledgements page at the very start, so this is not a set back.
  3. View academic websites and see if students or teachers have published any on those sites. You can verify whether or not the site is academic if it ends with “.edu” rather than the commercial alternative of “.com”. These are the most reputable sites to use and any samples you find on these sites has likely been properly vetted already.
 

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