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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Dropping “acknowledgement section” in thesis [duplicate]

I've finished my Bachelor thesis, and it's been a fairly independent work since it was a very niche topic that I didn't really have anybody to talk with about other than my advisor. I also don't want ...
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Presenting Thesis for inter disciplinary courses [on hold]

I just presented my thesis proposal today(It didn't go very well). I was a computer science major during my bachelors, currently I am studying Masters in Science Technology and Innovation Management, ...
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Page references for “far away” figures, equations, tables, etc

I am currently writing my master's thesis, which contains a lot of equations and figures referred to in the text of the report. I use Latex for my writing thus making it easy to refer to the ...
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I am unable to decide on a title for my undergraduate thesis [on hold]

I am struggling to decided on a title for my undergraduate thesis. I am studying graphic design and an objective of the essay is to make an impact in the industry - ambitious for a UG essay but ...
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Is it common for supervisors to approach their student and ask to work on publishing the student's masters thesis?

My supervisor emailed me asking if he can work on trying to publish my masters thesis, with me being the first author. I have said yes, is it common for supervisors to approach students asking to ...
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Amount of pseudo code in the thesis body

I'm writing my undergraduate thesis (~25 pages) on a computer program I've developed. Naturally, I'm expected to explain what the program does and how it is implemented. However, the algorithm is ...
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Sources to understand dissertation process, methods?

I am a first-year psychology doctoral student (PsyD) and am forming my dissertation topic. I am having trouble finding a really good book or article that outlines the guts of what makes a good ...
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Identifying something based on existing literature or identify from scratch? [closed]

Im supposed to identify some requirements. Is it enough to rely solely on existing papers that identify these requirements and generalize them and present them in my paper? Or should I identify the ...
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How to stay motivated during the final year of the PhD program? [duplicate]

I used to be an extremely motivated and a goal-oriented person. But it's been three years that I go through long periods of unproductively, usually followed by a short period of productivity. It's my ...
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Structure of a dissertation with two (fairly) disjoint topics

I am writing a PhD dissertation that contains two main themes/topics. These topics are fairly different from each other, but they do have (some!) common threads. Within each theme, I have two rather ...
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Project or Thesis? [closed]

In the master's program that I am enrolled in, there are two options before graduating: either to complete the thesis or to do a project. I thought of doing the thesis, and maybe if I can find a topic ...
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Canadian External Examiner for UK PhD Viva advice

I have a PhD viva next week and have (very) recently that my examiner has no knowledge of the UK viva system My first question is what is the PhD defense failure rate in Canada? (I'm not sure if I ...
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Personal quote at the beginning of a PhD thesis?

Is it appropriate to put at the beginning of my PhD thesis a personal quote that very few people would understand ? Could it make my work seem not serious ? More specifically, it would be lyrics from ...
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(How) should I describe the company within my bachelor's thesis?

I'm writing my computer science bachelor's thesis in a company. The thesis is about optimizing one of their software products. Obviously I will need to describe the software in the thesis, but what ...
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What happens if a math PhD student fails to find a proof that is the main objective of his/her thesis topic?

How exactly do Math theses/dissertations work? Is it fair to assume that the work involves trying to prove something? What happens if you can't? I did a thesis in Computer Science, and though my ...
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Is this a correct way of using a literature review in a thesis?

I'm writing a thesis and I'm supposed to find existing mechanisms about a topic. The literature review papers can be called B and the primary literature B uses is called A. I have found 2 ...
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Should I describe failed iterations in methodology?

I'm currently writing my Master's thesis in machine learning. My understanding of academic papers are that you describe what you did in methodology section and what the outcome was in the results ...
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Dissertation document: use of “we” (active form)? [duplicate]

For conference papers, especially with multiple authors, the use of "we" seems to be quite common and acceptable, if not even favored, over both "I" and the passive form. But how about a doctoral ...
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How to deal with results that are given as exercises

I'm currently writing my thesis in mathematics and in the introductory part I want to give a brief overview over a field I'm not very familiar with. There are some results in the book I'm reading ...
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How to include incremental research in the thesis

I employ an incremental approach for my PhD research. In other words, at first, I propose a method to solve a problem and publish a paper about it. Then, I update my method by either improving its ...
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Research plan - 'meaning and features of research'

I'm writing a research plan for my master's degree and have a field named 'features', with the description 'meaning and features of your research'. What information is supposed to go here? Here is a ...
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How important is the Ph.D. Thesis?

It may sound an insincere question but bear with me, please. I am just starting to write my thesis. I got some good publications along the way, and I have a couple under review which I hope will get ...
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Thesis Advisor conundrum

Last semester, I took class A and loved the material. It was a subject I excelled in and professor A' was someone I understood well. I thought it was perfect to take the course 2A and make A' my ...
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Questionable content in student's theses

If having some questionable aspects in the thesis - like not elaborated and rather simple theoretical models -, that did not influence the whole work and results, but might still arise the thought ...
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Can a PhD thesis be confidential?

A colleague of mine had an excellent PhD project and she published good papers during her PhD. When I asked her to give me her PhD thesis, she told me she can't because her PhD project was ...
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Commercial publication of your PhD thesis

I'm wondering what it is like to publish a PhD thesis commercially? Has anyone done that before? What would the contract be with the publisher regarding sales profits?
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Is it good idea to put a slide about “National Teacher Appreciation Day” at the end of presentation slides at my masters defense?

Tomorrow I have my master's project defense. So, I will be presenting and defending on my project "Course Advising System". I just noticed that tomorrow is a National Teacher Appreciation Day. Is it ...
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How closely can I follow a cited mathematical derivation in my PhD dissertation?

There is a well known result from 60 years ago that only ever has its result quoted these days. I found a 20+ year old MS thesis that had a very clear mathematical derivation of the result from first ...
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Are there major obstacles to completing a thesis Masters program if I'm not funded/working in a lab?

I will be entering an MS program in engineering this fall. I was not offered any assistantships or fellowships/funding. I was accepted to other graduate programs with some funding but chose to go to ...
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How to cite Andy Warhol's Marilyn

In one of the images I made to illustrate my PhD thesis, I included a "Marilyn" by Andy Warhol (image below), and I cannot find the museum/collection where the painting is exhibited. How should I cite ...
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Parents attending thesis defense?

My wife is defending her thesis soon, and in her department, defenses are open to the public. I will be there along with several of her friends/colleagues. Her mom also wants to come to the defense. ...
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Why doesn't a master's thesis get read by a PhD admissions committee?

I have heard from three professors internally at my school that my master's thesis will likely not be looked at by Phd admissions committees - these professors are frequently on the admissions ...
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How to start researching for a thesis topic [closed]

I'm senior undergraduate student who has just received a thesis project from my professor to work on for a year. However, I don't know where and how to start. What would you suggest? The project ...
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Collection of Undergraduate, Graduate, and PhD theses? [duplicate]

Is there some webpage with a collection of thousands of theses of undergraduates, graduates, and PhD students from all kinds of sciences and where they are freely accessible like on ArXiv or (mostly) ...
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Thesis: supervisor's project or my project?

Two years into my PhD, I am troubled by a situation that made me having to decide on whether to focus mainly on my supervisor's assigned project or my own project as part of my thesis. The story ...
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Should I include my acknowledgements, when sending dissertation revisions to my adviser? [duplicate]

So I just finished writing my dissertation. WHEW!!!! I had some minor revisions, so my adviser needs to sign off on it before I submit it to the school. Naturally, I am going to thank my adviser in my ...
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Is it possible to outsource some tasks of thesis writing? How and what kind of tasks? [duplicate]

I think that thesis writing is a big project which can be divided into several small-scale tasks. The contribution of the thesis must be done with student himself/herself, but other tasks such as ...
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Is it proper to propose a thesis collaboration to a professor you don't know?

I am a master student at one of the best universities in Europe. As I am studying finance, I would like to have an experience in the US or London. I will have to start working on my master thesis ...
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Writing a Master's thesis for 2 years … is that appropriate?

I am currently three months into writing a Master's thesis for a Master's degree in Mathematics, and the school I am currently attending is a California state university. I was asking my thesis ...
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Can master's thesis be simply a description of an original algorithm? [closed]

I'm in a situation where I've probably bitten off more than I can chew. I decided to do my master's thesis on an original (as in, invented by me) machine learning algorithm, which I believe (and my ...
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Writing someone else's master's thesis: Unethical and illegal?

It is really difficult for me to decide on this situation: when someone calls me and asks for work-for-hire for his/her thesis. I don't know what to do. I want to help and earn money but I think this ...
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Citation policies: original papers or recent monographs?

When referencing previous results, should one cite the original paper(s) or a recent comprehensive monograph? Specifically, in my area of interest (a relatively recent branch of mathematics), ...
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Should the incentive of research be discussed in the literature survey?

As a postgraduate engineering student, I'm doing a thesis project on a technical system that encourages people to exercise. Now I need to write a literature survey for it. As I never wrote literature ...
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Dissertation tribute/acknowledgement

I've recently completed my dissertation and would like to know the correct way to add a few words of tribute to a late family member. I'm aware of adding an acknowledgements section, but I am not too ...
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Altering a thesis after acceptance? [closed]

I am told that any changes in content beyond correction of small mistakes, like obvious wrong use of a term or typographics is not allowed. This makes sense to me. Is this a common opinion or are ...
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How to reference Python Libraries used in Thesis paper? [duplicate]

I am wondering the best approach to reference and document the various libraries used my thoughts are either reference them in the Technical requirements with a few words on what they do or just ...
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How can I know if my thesis has enough and good results for a PhD?

So I am doing a PhD for nearly 3 years now. I am self-funding my PhD, and I think I already have enough work for my PhD (in Mech. Engineering). I have 4 papers already published in ISI and Scopus ...
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What to write about in a master thesis that's mostly software applying common knowledge?

I have got a topic for a thesis that I'm interested in. It's not a very difficult task and is well covered by the basic theory in the field. I'm not doing anything new and I'm not supposed to either. ...
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How can I find an expert to help review my PhD thesis?

I need someone to peer review my thesis. My supervisor does not have enough time to fix my thesis. In addition I am holding all things by myself. I need someone who is expert in this field. How can ...
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What exactly does termination from a PhD program entail?

I am an engineering PhD candidate at a US university. I left the university a couple of years ago after 5yrs of PhD work to work as an independent scientist, while also working with my advisor on the ...