Queries related to preparation and presentation of a research thesis.

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Why are there no standards for awarding PhD degrees?

I am considering doing a PhD however I was surprised to find out that there are no set standards for a PhD in research. For example, one study could test 500 patients, while another, tests only 10, ...
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How relevant are (journal) papers for the valuation of one’s work and results?

I am a PhD student at an engineering department in Europe. At my department, and at most others in my university, research papers are the main benchmark of a scientist’s productivity. It seems like ...
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Looking for paraphrasing tools or software [on hold]

I'm doing my master project and-of course- we have to take care of plagiarism, we are limited to 20%/15% of our thesis to be copied from other sources.So we have to paraphrase too much and this is ...
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How to translate foreign-language theses into English?

i found many papers and thesis written in different languages than English, mainly Portuguese and Chinese. is there an efficient way to benefit from these papers and thesis instead of translating them ...
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Some collection of students' theses or dissertations

I want to looking for information in graduating level. Is there any collection or library which provide students' theses or dissertations of many universities? Googling just find library for each ...
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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 definition of terms section be included in the introduction or the literature review chapter?

I 'm writing a Master thesis. I have some terms that should be defined. Where should I put this section? In the introduction or literature review chapter? Thank you Additional Information I think ...
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Is it a negative that my PhD research has been in several unrelated areas?

I'm a PhD student in Computer Science. Long story short: I do not have a good relationship with my advisor. I don't trust his guidance or his ethical integrity. Therefore, I am seeking external advice ...
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How to find help when writing a master's thesis

What methods could you recommend for attaining assistance when writing a master's thesis, in the particular case when one feels uncomfortable seeking any more help from the advisor, because of his own ...
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IEEE referencing : Acceptable reference format for personal work log

I’m writing an academic document and I can’t seem to find any specific mention of how to refer to a personal work log. Work logs are essentially to be published journals documenting what happened when ...
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Does starting a question with 'what is the impact of' make a good qualitative research question?

I am studying the impact of the internet on a cultural practice in my country. I have been working on this project for months. I have already started data collection and analysis. However, lately I've ...
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Is it possible to complete a Physics Phd in less than 2 years?

First I have to say I am asking this question purely out of curiosity. Are there any proven strategies for pursuing significant PhD work and completing the entire program in under two years. Please ...
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Should limitations of a methodology with proposed solutions be discussed in the Limitations Section?

My methodology is online ethnography. This methodology has certain limitations such as identity play, falsification, and artificiality of data. However, its proponents have suggested some strategies ...
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My supervisor spells my name incorrectly

I've discovered that every time my supervisor has cited any of the papers or technical documents I've written she/he would: spell my name incorrectly or forget to add my name spell the ...
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How often do you get to “play with” scientific instruments?

I tend to learn and understand a subject to a much deeper extent if I am able to play around/experiment/mess with something that demonstrates the principles. I'm starting a Neuroscience PhD program ...
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“We” when I mean “I” or should I say “the author”? [duplicate]

I am currently working on my thesis and facing the problem of choosing between "I", "We" or "the author" when I want to talk about things I defined, decided etc. I am the only author of my thesis, but ...
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Tips on how to go from '3 publications stapled together' to a full length thesis [closed]

I’m looking for suggestions for how to flesh out my doctoral thesis. I have inserted my work that has been published to date however the end result seems very short (53 pages, single line spacing). ...
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How do I find or request a copy of someone's thesis if this person did their work in mainland China?

I hope this question is appropriate for the forum here. I was hoping to locate and read a thesis outside of the United States, specifically for someone who went to a reputable University in mainland ...
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Will my methods chapter be less solid, if it is based on one book or the work of one scholar?

I'm writing a Bachelor research paper using netnography or virtual ethnography. I've found that this new methodology was mostly advanced by two scholars: Kozinets and Christine Hine. I managed to ...
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How long should I wait for the response of the referee?

i wrote a message to the Editor to inquire about my revision sent about 4 months ago. He informed me yesterday(March 20th, 2014) that my manuscript has already completed 1 review. However, we are ...
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How should I present data written in another language?

I'm writing a research paper in English but the topic is about a different country and the data is written in a different language, Arabic. Should I translate the data into English? If yes, should I ...
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What should I put in the Introduction as opposed to the Literature Review?

My question is rather short one, how much information should I include when writing the introduction, and how much should be left out for the literature review Note: the reason for this question, is ...
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Should paper/thesis be written in plural or singular 1st person? [duplicate]

All papers I have seen so far we formulated in plural first person, like "we have discovered..." or "based on the fact, we conclude..." and not singular, like "I have discovered..." even for works ...
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Should sections of a chapter have introductions and conclusions?

Consider the following situation: The review of the literature chapter has seven sections: the first one is for the introduction, the five medial are for different themes, the last one for the ...
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When there are multiple ISBNs, which should be reported in a reference list?

Which ISBN number should I use in my literature list? I have for example used a book about Design Patterns for my thesis. But I found that books have two ISBN numbers. Which is prefered to use? ...
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Should I justify the organization of chapters and sections in the research paper?

I am using a research handbook written by Creswell to guide me in writing my Bachelor's Thesis. Specifically, I followed his research design model. Should I justify why I structured my Methods ...
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Is there any way to find Donald Knuth's undergrad/master's thesis?

Just what the title says. As far as I know, Knuth's undergrad thesis was so good that the faculty at his university decided to honor him with both an undergrad degree and a master's automatically. I ...
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Citing my own thesis in the extracted paper

I am going to extract a paper from my MSc thesis. But I am not sure how to point out that this paper is the synopsis of my thesis. What is your suggestion? In which section should I refer to the ...
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Is there a problem with citing the original source instead of the source where the information was first found?

I'm writing a Bachelor's Thesis. I found a seemingly convenient way of making my research paper successful, but I'm not sure if it counts as plagiarism. This is mainly concerned with the methods ...
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Is it possible to use my partially published previous work as a bachelor thesis?

Some time ago I put up a question on the SE network. I ended up writing an extensive answer myself and published it in the same question and on my blog. Later, I put a lot more thought into the topic ...
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How long does it takes to receive a master graduation document (degree)

Can any body tell me how long after the Master's thesis defense do it take the student to receive their Master graduation document (degree) in Spain, France, UK or USA? I'm asking specifically about ...
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Is there a preferred method of citing Kindle books when no fixed page numbers are available?

I got the following info from the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide website in relation to citing Kindle books. If no fixed page numbers are available, you can include a section title or a ...
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How to handle getting offers from two PhD supervisors who know each other?

The problem: I have a professor that accepted me to take on a thesis when i'm ready but another one offered me one also. The second one did it while the first professor was in the room and I felt the ...
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My supervisor plagiarised my bachelor thesis: what can I do about it?

In July 2012 I submitted a bachelor's thesis on a machine learning topic. I designed an algorithm that I developed in Java. Now I have found a publication (September 2012) by my supervisor with all ...
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How to finish Master's Thesis when my adviser is too busy to help me thoroughly edit what I have written?

I have finished my B.S. and I am now finishing my M.S. thesis (already finished M.S. classes). My original thesis topic was not getting me anywhere and I came to my adviser asking him to allow me to ...
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Is citing data from a presentation not trustful?

There is this investment bank specialized in the mining sector. I had access to one of their presentations where they have data regarding the production and end use of some chemical elements. They do ...
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Difference between pursuing a PHD in theoretical physics and one in experimental physics?

I have this question (unrelated to QP) which is pretty important for me as a career choice: What are the differences between pursuing a PhD in theoretical and experimental physics (my preferred ...
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Do I need to focus my writing to specific paper?

I'm a master student and I'm the phase of preparing my thesis. I've searched many papers related to my thesis but I'm a bit confused in what to focus. Do I need to take only a paper (or few papers) ...
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Is it usual for finished PhD students to send out physical copies of their thesis to unknown persons?

Some time ago, a recently-graduated PhD has sent me a physical (book) copy of his dissertation. The graduate works in a somewhat-related field, but is personally entirely unknown to me (I have some ...
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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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Single or double thesis for double major?

I am having a double major in my BSc, first one is Electrical and Electronic Engineering and second one is Computer Science [probably it was a bad idea because my cgpa is low, but anyways I have ...
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How to defend Masters thesis?

I have to defend my thesis. I have implemented new technique but the results are same(as with the old technique). So how should I defend it? Is this necessary to get the better results or ...
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How to advise a student looking for an under-grad thesis topic?

There are some good answers here on how to find an masters thesis topic, but I am looking for advice on how to advise undergrad students who are looking for a thesis topic. Finding a thesis topic is a ...
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Is being publication oriented bad?

I talked with a professor for possible thesis guidance and mentioned that I aim to publish papers at top venues as soon as possible. The Professor got somewhat offended and said publication is not an ...
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Can a literature review be a “master's thesis”?

I have selected a single question for my master's thesis, within my field of Foreign Language Teaching. Most papers I have read contain just short literature reviews providing some background for a ...
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Can I include under-review content in my PhD Thesis?

In the verge of writing up a PhD thesis, is it fine to include the content of the work which is submitted to a conference and is "under review" at the time of writing up. More specifically if the ...
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How to highlight the text changes to the supervisor?

How to highlight the changes I made to a text (report, thesis etc) to the supervisor? Red colour/adding bubble comments, you name it. I use Word.
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Whom do I have to thank in the Acknowledgements section of a Bachelor thesis

I will soon finish writing my Bachlor thesis in physics and I don't know whom I "have to" put in the acknowledgements. There are two professors who will grade the thesis, one the head of the work ...
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Is it normal to submit an abstract to a conference when the research is NOT completed?

I just started my 2nd semester of my part-time master, I was given a thesis topic last week and expected to submit an abstract this week. Because advisor told me -> I would have not choice. However, ...
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What percentage of PhD theses are rejected nowadays?

What percentage of PhD thesis (e.g., physics ones) are rejected nowadays? And why?