A good thesis must not only be interesting and well argued, but also well written! This means providing a graphic layout that is as homogeneous as possible, as well as pleasant, and adopt a correct, simple and precise style.
Some elementary rules
To compose a text correctly, you need to follow some rules that are the basis of the graphic and editorial setting:
- never enter more than one consecutive whitespace;
- spaces must always be inserted after punctuation, never before;
- the high quotation marks (“”) are used to indicate words used in a translated sense or words mentioned and not used (eg the word “star” has five letters);
- within the brackets and quotation marks the space must not be placed after the opening parenthesis (or quotation mark) or before the closing one;
- italics should be used to indicate titles (of books, and of works in general …), words (or short expressions) not in Italian and not entered in common use;
- the margins must be justified.
- Furthermore, you will have to choose character and line spacing so that your thesis is easily readable; the same applies to the size of the margins and to the graphics of titles, captions and tables.
- Regarding the length of your paper, remember that the quality of a thesis is not proportional to the number of its pages! Indeed, better targeted work than a long, inconclusive speech. The dimensions of the text will however be discussed with your supervisor and diversified according to the type of thesis (experimental or bibliographic, triennial or magisterial).
The style must be as clear as possible; it is advisable to use simple but precise sentences, avoiding the clichés and repetitions (except in cases where it is necessary to use a technical-specialist term several times). Italics can also be used to emphasize certain terms but … without exaggerating!
Each writing has its own character and individuality; however, remember to respect the “rules” of the essay genre, proceeding according to logical-argumentative sequences: try to observe the structure and style of the works related to the topic you have chosen.