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Present your work in context

You have read extensively within your discipline and you have identified past and current work and the existing literature on and around your topic area. You have developed an appreciation of the assumptions and values in your disciplinary area. You have identified the findings, approaches and current thinking in the field and have worked out the place for your work within existing knowledge.

Identify how you are going to position your work within the current scholarly debates in the field. Clarify the existing gap in knowledge that your work will fill.

Go back to your topic and the statement that you made regarding the purpose of your research. You are now equipped with the major features and you can start to construct the argument that will unfold through the pages of your thesis.

You will need to make a case for the findings of your research or your primary message, and you will justify your position on the basis of what is already known and what you have found. In this way you will demonstrate that your work is unique and is a contribution to knowledge in your discipline.

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