How to write a monograph?

What is a Monograph?

A monograph is a scholarly work, written by a single individual usually on a single topic. The English term “monograph” is derived from modern Latin “monographia”, which has its root in Greek in the English word, “mono-” means “single” and “-graph” means “something written”

Characteristics of the Monograph:
  • The monograph is written by a single author.
  • It is always non-fictional.
  • A monograph and a textbook serve a different purpose. The purpose of a monograph is to present research or scholarship on a topic.
  • This research is different from an article in several ways, but most notably is a monograph is much longer.
  • There is probably no consensus as to length, but a range might be 25,000 to 75,000 words, plus images and tables.
  • A monograph is usually a single installment and not a multi-volume or periodic series.
  • Monographs many times are a sign of academic advancement by the author as their career and research progress.
  • Other individuals in a field and libraries are usually considered the prime markets for monographs, but that is changing.
Availability of the Monographs:
  • Print form;
  • Print
  • E-Book form
  • Databases on subscription bases
  • Open Access monographs.
  1. Introduction and topic background à Title, Name of the Author, Name of the Mentor/ Guide
  2. Guide Questions
  3. Operational Definition of Terms
  4. Research Methodology – Environment, Respondent, Data Gathering
  5. Presentation of Data Gathered – References, The Author


Introduction and Topic:

Make sure to mention and write on the following points, to make the readers clear about your understanding of the topic and make them understand clearly:

  1. What Topic you chose and
  2. Why chose the particular topic?
  3. The importance of the topic you chose.


Guide Questions:

It is a type of Data Gathering process wherein you interview your respondents and know them directly.

Ask more questions if needed. Please make sure to take the Interview online during this COVID-time. You can ask both Qualitative and Quantitative questions in the Interview.

(Please note that the Qualitative questions can be open-ended wherein the respondents can be given the chance to answer in any way or according to their will whereas Quantitative questions require the specific set of information which must be provided to the respondent by the Interviewer so that the respondent can answer)


Operational Definition of Terms:

Please note all the important terminology. Take guidance from your mentor or you can take help from the Inkpothub website or can directly mail us at


Research Methodology:

In the Research methodology, we discuss the

  • Environment:

    In this, we talk about the relevant information including some of the scientific facts, methods used, and the conditions under which we have followed the particular method. We also talk about the dependent and independent variables.

  • Respondent:

    In this, we talk about the respondent and the relevant information related to the respondent like the sample size.

  • Data Gathering:

    We gather information from various sources and then put it on our monograph similar to what we do while writing a research paper.


Presentation of the gathered data:
  1. Key Informant Interview

    is generally known as the qualitative in-depth interviews with the industry guides or the key authority people who know what is going on in the community.

  2. Photographic Evidence

    is admissible when a sponsoring witness can testify that it is a fair and accurate representation of the subject matter. 

Some of the Monograph Examples are attached below: 



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