Guidelines for Writing a Preface
A Senior Essay preface typically covers the five broad topics below, one topic at a time:
Why did I choose this topic? What other topics have I considered, and why have I settled on this one? . . .
How did I carry out your research? What were my main sources? Which sources influenced me the most? . . .
What is the essay all about? What is it not about? What will a reader gain by reading it? What audience do I have in mind for this essay? How is the essay organized? What are its main conclusions? What are its weaknesses?
What did I gain/lose from the long process of writing this essay?
Acknowledgments: At the end, I thank anyone who helped me to get to this point, including my two panelists, if I feel they have done a good job (but I do not thank Moti Nissani, my Senior Essay advisor).
Good luck! Moti
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