Queries related to initiation, preparation, edit and presentation of a research thesis which is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. This publication should only include personal research and if the person is copying something from another publication, he ...

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Is it ok to cite my own paper, currently in review, in my own thesis?

My PhD thesis is due around October, 2015 (~6 months ahead of the time of writing this). I would like to submit a journal paper which contains substantial results from my research, mainly the reasons ...
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What is the difference between hypothesis, thesis statement and research goal?

Can someone explain the difference between hypothesis, thesis statement and research goal based on an example?
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How to make iThenticate faster? [on hold]

I'm checking my thesis using iThenticate software, however, that becomes too slow for me, I don't know how to make it faster?
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During the defense, how to prove the method I used in my master thesis is correct?

I will have my master thesis defense in one week and today my advisor wrote me he is not sure about a method I used to obtain a result (this will not ruin the entire work, but still will make some ...
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What is equivalent degree of Masters by research degree in usa?

There is a degree called “Masters by research” in Australia, in which a researcher basically researches for two years(full time) on the topic or research problem(differs from Phd on many aspects ...
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master degree thesis [closed]

I am studying masters degree of Risk Engineering Management. I am looking for a thesis subject in renewable energy. I never worked in the renewable energy but very much interested in it. Any ...
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Online Masters Degree and Thesis [closed]

I am an Online Masters (US) student nearing the end of my program. I have an option of writing a thesis for my last semester, which I am very keen on pursuing. The problem being I am remote and ...
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FIND CENTROID OF ELLIPSE USING MATLAB CODE [closed]

strong text NOW I AM DOING A PROJECT THAT USE MATLAB CODE TO FIND THE CENTROID OF THE ELLIPSE. I REALLY NEED HELP FOR THE CODE.
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Writing a paper from Master thesis

I finished my master thesis and my advisor asked me if I would like to publish a paper on it. Being my first paper, I was very excited when he first told me, so I immediately started reading the ...
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Is it ok to use “and/or” in my dissertation?

I'm elaborating a small scorecard for a comparison between two technologies, I was wondering if it would be formally acceptable to use "and/or" in my bullet points, e.g., "Not automated and/or ...
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My GPA is about 3.2 and now I'm worried that I can't apply for Phd in US. am I wrong? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish my Master of Control Eng. in Politecnico Di Milano in Milan(Italy), my GPA is about 3.2 and know I'm doing my thesis now but I'm worried that maybe I can't apply for Phd in US ...
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How to mention colleagues from work in my thesis

Right now I am writing a thesis in a Russian university on data mining to obtain bachelor degree. The thesis is related to my job field and I use an inner implementation of an algorithm to process ...
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How detailed do I have to provide sources

I am currently writing my master thesis and I am extremely insecure where and when to give the sources. I tried to google for any recommendations but could not find anything that helps me. How often ...
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Are Honoris Causa degree worth as much as PHD?

Lately I have seen that some people(some ex-presidents in my country and some others) have been getting the Honoris Causa degree from some universities. Some of which have never even gone to ...
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Difference between paper and master thesis presentation

I am facing my Master thesis presentation (in Europe), and have read the excellent article by Matt Might on technical presentations. Most of his points seem very logical to me (avoid too much ...
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Is it a good practice to put the initial work and improved version (both published) in PhD thesis?

Suppose for my PhD thesis, I solve problems like the following: 1) At the begining I solve one problem 2) Later, before any one improve the results, I myself improve it. Suppose both of the papaers ...
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Why are some non-thesis MS or MA programs just called M?

I heard of some master's degrees that are just M instead of MS or MA like Master of Mathematics or Master of Psychology. Apparently, this is due to it being non-thesis. However, I met people who ...
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What do I do if someone studied the same topic before, but did so inadequately?

I am planning to research on topic for masters by research course. Googling, I found that a "micro-research" study on a similar topic (some objectives matching) has been done by somebody as a part of ...
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What is the difference between literary review and abstract

My undergraduate dissertation requires a literary review and an abstract. I have been reading published papers similar to my topic but which are mostly at masters level and all of them have an ...
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I found a trove of Computer Science Masters thesis unprotected on a respected uni's website

I was looking for some technical documentation in relation to development of a specific piece of software, using a Google search such as "ACMESoft" "ACME_Rhino" filetype:pdf. I found a PDF hosted on ...
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What contributions from your advisor must you specifically acknowledge in your dissertation?

When you're writing your dissertation, your advisor will undoubtedly make many contributions. They might suggest literature to look into or ways of tackling a problem. Many of these contributions I ...
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Are there any databases for PhD dissertations? [duplicate]

I just know ProQuest which supplies some PhD dissertations. However, it's hard to find some the dissertations of French and German. So are there any other good databases for dissertations of French, ...
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Is it acceptable to ask a professor who is not your supervisor to give you M.S. thesis topic?

I'm currently a M.S. student. My supervisor give me freedom to choose thesis topic. Since it is so hard for me, I decide to ask another professors whom I consider to be their PhD candidates in future. ...
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Thesis writing style: when to italicize?

In a thesis or journal you write all sentences yourself, but on some occasions you prefer to take a piece of text from another source. If you do, should you use quotation marks only, or italicize it, ...
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Is it possible to keep one published paper in two persons thesis? [duplicate]

Me and my colleague are working towards our PhD. We have worked on same problems (80%) over the past few years. We have published some papers based on the work we have done. We have decided to write ...
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Proof for seemingly obvious statements in thesis?

I'm currently writing a bachelor thesis in which there is a section that deals with the pros and cons of different data serialization formats. Since this is not the main focus of the thesis, I would ...
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How to ensure committee reads and comments on dissertation draft prior to final examination?

The constructive question is, What practices/strategies could help ensure the committee reads the dissertation? I am wondering if those who already hold a PhD, or advanced graduate students finishing ...
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Alternatives to Word/LaTeX [closed]

I wrote my undergrad thesis using Word. Overall I managed to get the job done, but as with all WYSIWYG editors, by the end I feel like I had created a bit of a mess. It didn't show, but I know it's ...
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How to deal with different stylistic advice from two professors/institutions

I'll start by sketching my situation. I first studied a couple of years at institution A where we were taught a couple of things concerning academic writing. (E.g. don't use passives, distance ...
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The correct & acceptable phrase to indicate that some papers are very likely to be accepted

I have several papers that are resubmitted to journals with minor revisions. I feel they are very much likely to be accepted by the time my actual Ph.D. viva takes place in one month. But I need to ...
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Can I thank websites that host illegal book downloads in the acknowledgements section of my thesis?

My stance is that these websites are a great boon to the research community and they were certainly extremely helpful for my research. I think they should be applauded rather than persecuted, and ...
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How to refer in an acknowledgements section to a group of people in industry who helped you in completing your thesis?

My thesis was done in industry environment, therefore in the acknowledgements I would like to thank all the people that helped me, but I do not know how I should call them. Colleagues does not sound ...
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What should I do if I cannot accept any of the hypotheses in a replicated experiment?

Before I start explaining my situation, I would like to say that I have read the other questions on this topic but I cannot find what I need on 100%. I am a bachelor student and I am working on my ...
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What are the pros and cons of being co-supervised?

Are there any advantages or disadvantages in having two supervisors instead of one? Why would a graduate student want to do this or avoid this? The context is in an MA where students usually have one ...
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What is the etiquette for thesis acknowledgements that thank God?

I saw that some theses acknowledgements thanks God, so are there any rules or suggestions about that? Is it ok to do it for believers or just don't mention your religious affiliation in a scientific ...
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Is copying equations plagiarism?

I defended my master thesis successfully yesterday. Everything in my master thesis was written by me and there is no problem. However I'm a bit skeptical about one thing. So in my thesis I have a part ...
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How to integrate a paper where I am third author, but did a lot of work, into my master's thesis?

I am writing my thesis currently and I want to include papers that I am included on as an author. I will have a couple papers where I am 1st author, but there is one where I am third but did a lot of ...
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What are the benefits of PhD students working on projects where they won't be first-author?

Given that only papers where you are the first-author will contribute to your dissertation, isn't it a poor use of time to be contributing to the projects of other researchers?
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Master thesis: should I say that some results are a novelty in the field?

I am nearly at the end of my master thesis and, according to my research, the last part of it deals with something that has not been treated before in any paper/book I have found. To make things ...
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How would one fail a master thesis defense?

So I have to defend my master thesis in computer science in two weeks. It's in Germany and the thesis is 30 credits. I'm wondering what could make someone fail his defense? In my thesis I mainly ...
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How to quote a non-English quotation in dissertation?

I am writing my math PhD in Berlin (Germany) in the English language. I would like to cite a German quotation from a famous mathematician as a start of my first chapter. Should I quote it in the ...
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Is it common to cite conference papers in a PhD?

I tried searching for a similar question but most I read dealt with published papers and not a PhD, so apologies if this is a duplicate. I will remove this question if it is. I've read a number of ...
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In a PhD dissertation, can one copy the structure of the acknowledgment section from their own or from someone else's prior work?

In the acknowledge of a thesis, we thank all the people who helped our research. E.g. "First of all I thank xxx, for xxx throughout my Ph.D. period." For my master thesis's acknowledge, I tried very ...
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Are you allowed to copy text from your Master's thesis into your PhD thesis?

I wrote a Master's thesis a couple of years ago (which is available to view from my University's online service; so it's out there) and am now doing a PhD. Some passages from my Master's thesis is ...
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What makes a stellar undergraduate thesis?

In mathematics, what distinguishes an exceptional undergraduate thesis for the rest? How do original contributions, accessibility of the topic (ie more or less prerequisites), novelty of the topic, ...
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Must graphs in a mathematical PhD thesis be drawn nicely?

I am writing my PhD thesis in mathematics and there are several graphs to be included (on knots, braids, and other related objects). I know that there are several software available for drawing graphs ...
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Having a co-author as an external examiner for doctoral thesis defense

I'm a PhD student in Computer Science in the UK. I had co-authored a paper with a Lecturer from another university (not any of my supervisors, just someone's work I'm building upon) in my first year. ...
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Sourcing lecture notes instead of publications

I am writing an undergraduate dissertation and I have found some very good information from lecture handouts from other universities. Will using these lecture notes compared to official publications ...
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How difficult is it to undertake a Humanities PhD. at Harvard (converting to the American system from Europe/UK?)

Before I begin, feel I should make it clear that I have no doubt that undertaking a PhD. anywhere, let alone at Harvard, will be a difficult and strenuous task! To briefly explain, I have graduated ...
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Can I use map, fold, filter in publications?

I have to write down algorithms in my thesis, and these are getting way shorter if I use "map," "fold," and "filter" heavily. This generally results in a "map, fold, filter"-chain with a depth of 3. ...