1. Introduction: summarizes what you will write and puts it into context. Should consist of 3 parts:
2. Literature Review: survey research done in a particular area, bringing together theories and results from a number of studies to describe the "big picture" of an area of research. Your Literature Review should:
3. Methods: this is an optional section, which you should write up if your analysis is data-driven. Include information about which statistical tests you ran on the data and why you chose those particular statistical tests.
4. Analysis: synthesizes, examines and interprets your data with evidence from your research sources. Use evidence from your data and/or research sources to support or make the argument for your main ideas and analyze your evidence to show how it links to your broader thesis statement. Your analysis should be theory or data-driven, generalizable, grounded in your literature review, and tied back to your thesis statement.
5. Discussion: discusses the limitations, opposing viewpoints, what's missing, still unknown, and future directions from your thesis paper.
6. Conclusion: summarizes what you wrote and what you learned
7. References list: a list of the sources you cited