The annexes They are a section within a written work (such as a thesis or monograph) that complements its content and allows us to delve into a specific aspect. For example: maps, illustrations or infographics.
This part of the work is located at the end of the work, behind the recommendations and conclusions because it is very extensive. This does not mean that its content is of little importance, rather, the annex is a document in itself. It is chosen to place it towards the end and not within the work, to avoid confusing or disorienting the reader.
Broadly speaking, the annexes are used to facilitate understanding of the topic addressed and to add elements that support the conclusion reached by the author of the work. At times, it can serve as a trigger for future research.
In the event that a significant number of annexes are placed, they may be accompanied by a previous index, to facilitate their finding for the reader.
When assembling the annexes section, each of them must be numbered. In addition, they must be placed in the same order of appearance at work. To do this, within the work place “see annex” and the corresponding number.
Unlike the appendices, the annexes are not prepared by the author of the work, but come from outside sources, but they served as support when preparing the work.
Examples of attachments to a job
- Maps. They provide demographic, historical or geographic information.
- Photographs, documents and illustrations. They provide visual context or qualitative information with greater richness than what the text allows.
- Tables or graphs. They are visual representations of information that, by means of symbols (portions, bars or lines), help the reader to understand large volumes of information and to relate it.
- Diagrams. They allow to compare and differentiate elements in a didactic way.
- Infographics. From the combination of texts and images they explain and describe complex processes. They facilitate the explanation and understanding of complex data and processes.
- List of acronyms or abbreviations. If the work contains a significant number of organizations or institutions that can be called by means of acronyms or abbreviations, these are placed at the end of the work in a list that clarifies what they are about. The listing is always organized alphabetically.
- Cited documents. Sometimes, in addition to citing a document, the author incorporates it in its entirety towards the end of the work, so that the reader has the possibility of evaluating it, delving into the subject or locating himself in the context.
- Graphics. They facilitate the understanding of qualitative data.
- Glossary. It is a list of words used in the work and that are very specific but whose understanding is key to understanding the content of the research. This list is always organized alphabetically and only terms that have not been explained throughout the writing are introduced in it.