A formal essay, specifically written by a candidate for the doctoral degree at a university.

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doctoral dissertations from for-profit schools

I've been trying to find the dissertation of someone who advertises holding a "doctorate of management" from the "University of Phoenix". The degree requires a dissertation, but the school does not ...
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Should “Big Data” be capitalised? [migrated]

In paragraphs should the term "Big Data" be capitalised? I seam to be finding contradicting information as it is a name for something but also a common term. Which is correct? When the volume and ...
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Referencing specific files in source code in a dissertation

I am making a statement in my dissertation based on a comment written in the Linux kernel source code. I would like to be able to reference this comment. At least I would like to be able to name the ...
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Harvard Multiple authors- Alphabetical or not?

I apologise if I have missed this in the Harvard guidelines but I was wondering whether the order of multiple authors matters. For example a book by A Smith and A Jones. How should it be written: ...
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Dissertation proposal before admission: Is it possible?

It seems that most universities in Europe require an outline of the planned dissertation at the application stage. I think even choosing the title of a dissertation needs a lot of dialogue between the ...
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How to find case studies for your dissertation

I just wanted to know possible methods of finding some good case studies for a dissertation. I was asked to keep my question generic. I am doing a 1 year MA in Development Studies, specifically I want ...
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Definitions in Glossary?

While writing my thesis, I was putting down some definitions of terms as they are used in the scope of the work. Does it make sense to move them to the glossary and write their definition as well? ...
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Do I need to repeat the books quoted in footnotes in the bibliography?

When writing an essay, if I have cited some paragraph from a book in the footnotes, do I need to include that book in the after the essay? Or I only need to include books that have not been cited in ...
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Creating a schematic figure based on an existing one

In the context material chapter of my masters dissertation, between other things, I must write about the state of the art on the thematic presented. There are some very expressive and simple schemes ...
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Dealing with “too descriptive” in Dissertation Proposal Feedback

I am writing a University Dissertation proposal on Big Data. I have recently received my feedback and while there are good, constructive points one of the main issues in the marking is it is "too ...
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What's the reasoning behind phrase “dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements”?

Phrase "dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements" seems strange. Can one submit dissertation in full fulfillment of the requirements?
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Moving a detailed literature survey in Appendix to reduce size of chapter?

In my dissertation, I am solving a problem by using techniques used to solve another problem. As a result, I have to do two literature surveys for both problems. I ended up with a huge chapter! - ...
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Should each substantive chapter of a PhD dissertation be of similar length?

A professor told me once that the chapter sizes (measured in number of pages) in a PhD dissertation should be coherent. That is, the number of pages in each chapter should be somehow close to each ...
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Acknowledgement: non-academic persons

In my industry-sponsored dissertation, I want to thank my industry contact and some non-academic persons in the acknowledgement section of my dissertation. How should I refer to them: John Smith J. ...
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Acknowledgements in an industry-sponsored dissertation

I am a doing a dissertation funded by a company and my dissertation is basically a report of my progress on the problem they have given me. I have an academic supervisor, an industry contact who has ...
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Borrowing figures from the literature

In my dissertation, I have felt the need to illustrate some ideas with the help of figures and illustrations which I have found available in existing literature. I have borrowed a number of them and I ...
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Does the 'Internet of Things' fall under Computer Networking?

I'm currently a MSc Computer Networking student and I recently became acquainted with the internet of things. I've fallen completely in love with this new area and I would love to base my dissertation ...
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Why do some universities not have a comprehensive exam?

I spotted that some universities do not have a comprehensive exam for their PhD students while it is standard at most universities (specifically for computer science). For what reasons do some ...
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Shady behavior by my advisor - For achieving tenure do you have to write papers only with your present students?

Okay, thing is my advisor (supervisor,prof) in the lab, where I am an Graduate Research Assistantship was doing research with a PhD ,as a part of his dissertation. The guy happens to be one of my ...
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What do you think about a part time PhD vs full time PhD, when the part time PhD involves working on my master's thesis research full time?

I am working on my masters thesis. If my full time job involves working on the same research project, will it be worthwhile to do a part time PhD? Are there any things I am going to lose on? Is there ...
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What if research does not fetch good results

A friend of mine is pursuing a Masters course containing a research dissertation as part of the curriculum. He has done a lot of work on his topic (both studying of existing literature as well as ...
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Is it a good idea to link your LinkedIn profile in the CV section of your dissertation?

I've passed the disputation and am now preparing the document for the printing press and final submission. We're required to have a CV in the back matter of the dissertation, and I was wondering if it ...
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Non-Thesis Masters

I am completing my masters in chemical engineering. I have completed my first two semesters but was unable to find a research thesis topic to work upon. Will it be bad to complete my masters degree ...
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How do I come up with a dissertation topic early on in my degree?

I'm currently 2 units into my MSc degree (6 units over 2 semesters left).I know this is rather early, But I would like to start work on my dissertation as soon as I can, to give myself enough time and ...
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Can dissertation be included in publication part in CV

In my CV, I include my dissertation topic within my education part like this: From start-time to end-time Master of something, University at somewhere Dissertation title: something However, I also ...
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How necessary is a List of Figures and a List of Tables in an undergraduate dissertation?

I am writing an undergrad dissertation (word-limit 10,000 words) and am wondering if I should include a separate List of Figures and List of Tables Section after my Table of Contents? I will have ...
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How much of a “personal touch” on dissertation is OK?

I dont know if this is the case at other institutions but at my uni dissertations are published as A5-size books/booklets. There are some regulations on how the formatting is supposed to be but it's ...
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Is there a unit test for writing a dissertation?

I am currently in the process of completing my dissertation. I am a big fan of unit tests, so I would like to implement a procedure that corrects my writing ( or removes bugs so to speak.) A few ...
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Article-based PhD and advisor's (new) role?

My engineering university offers a relatively new option to do an article-based dissertation, where the primary research is submitted (and hopefully published) in several scientific journals (at my ...
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How to cite a website URL?

I am currently writing a report and i have been compiling a list of references (from IEEE mostly) and I also have a number of websites. My question is, what is the best way to note a website url? ...
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How do you thematically include accidental findings (“serendipity”) in a dissertation or paper?

I'm asking for approaches to include interesting, but not perfectly fitting results in a dissertation or a paper. During my PhD project I have made an accidental discovery, which is what I believe ...
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How to collect data for dissertation if the work wasn't published

I'm starting my dissertation in which I'm creating a mobile application for public use. My problem is I need evidences to support my hypothesis and I was informed that I will only be allowed to ...
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Value of Print on Demand Publishing of PhD Dissertation

Following on from my question here, I understand there are many non-traditional methods of publishing a PhD dissertation as a book. One of it is Print of Demand (POD) method. A contributor to the ...
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Replacing tech reports: can we put good undergrad dissertations in arxiv?

My department requires dissertations from all honours students (being England, that's basically all of them). Some of these are extremely good, even though they are written by undergraduates. My ...