There is a format for the thesis and it goes like this – Introduction, Literature review, Methods, Report of research findings, Discussion and conclusion. This is known as ILMRaD. Many theses follow this structure and it does ‘work’ – it’s the default textual position, the thesis equivalent of Times New Roman.
For theses, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute has adopted the APA, parenthetical citation format as implemented by Purdue University as the format for theses and dissertations. For students in departmental or school MS programs (AT, BCM, CGT, CIT and TLI [IT]), additional information may be available on your department's graduate web site.
Purdue OWL: Creating a Thesis Statement
If you plan to include audio and/or visual tapes, cassettes, etc. in your thesis, please consult with a library staff member. Each piece of the accompanying material must be marked with your name and the title of your thesis. Contact the library for information on the correct inks to use and to obtain special boxes to contain those materials.