I want to include a glossary in my master’s thesis explaining some technical terms.
My university doesn't make any specifications about the usage or position of glossaries. So I'm asking myself:
- Is it better to put the glossary at the beginning of the thesis? (e.g. between the Table of Contents and the main content) That way the reader would see it first and either read it or keep in mind that he can look up unfamiliar terms there. But it would disrupt the reading flow between Abstract, Table of Contents and Content.
- Or would it be better to but the glossary in the appendix? Maybe with footnotes refering to it, each time a new term is used for the first time.
The current structure of the thesis is:
- Titlepage - Abstract - Table of Contents - [INSERT GLOSSARY HERE?] - Main Content - Chapter A - Chapter B - ... - Chapter N - Appendix - Appendix A - Appendix B - Table of Images - Table of Tables - Table of Literature - [INSERT GLOSSARY HERE?]