I’m currently writing the methodology section of my thesis and wondered if I was including too much.

In the methodology section I have currently included:

  • Alternative approaches I considered
  • The pros/cons of those approaches/applicability to this project
  • Why I selected the approach I used

This information is needed somewhere but it is resulting in a very long methodology which is going a lot deeper into “Why I chose this approach” than “Here’s how I did the research”.

Does this “Why” discussion belong in the methodology section of a research paper or should it be placed somewhere else? If so, where?


As an example: I can either survey people or perform an analysis of existing discussions on the topic. There are pros/cons to each approach (sample size, recruitment, etc) . The approach I choose will impact the research but I want to discuss the differences in the possible approaches and explain my reasoning for my choice.

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