Queries related to preparation and presentation of a research thesis.

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Should professors help masters research students to find a research topic?

I have seen that some professors have some research topics with a prepared proposal available at the beginning of the semester, and if a masters student wants to do research thesis under their ...
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How to address a doctoral candidate who is ABD (All but Dissertation)? Is “Dr” appropriate?

How does one address a doctoral candidate who completed all his/here requirements except the dissertation? Would they be referred to as Doctor? Or is there another title? In the past, I believe I've ...
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Is it common to include foreign terms in the title of a thesis?

I'm writing a cross-language thesis. In other words, my thesis is about a foreign culture. Is it common to include foreign terms in the title of a thesis? If yes, should I include the translation of ...
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Writing a thesis: Is it a good practice to use personalized lists? [duplicate]

I am writing a master's thesis using Latex. I am attracted by pifont package that allows to use personalized lists as the ones this picture shows: My question: is it a good or bad practice to use such ...
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Should you cite somebody's Transfer Report? (Confirmation Report)

Context: At UK universities at least, before progressing from the first year of your PhD (or transferring from an MPhil to a PhD), it is required to write a fairly substantial report detailing the ...
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Is it ethical for a professor to get masters students to work on open source modules related to the professor's profit-making company?

My professor (computer science) has a company that promotes an open-source software. Of course the software is free and open-source, but his company makes profit by support, training, etc. and they ...
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Proper way to format computer code included in a thesis/dissertation

I intend to include my computational model code(s) in its entirety as an appendix in my dissertation. I've gone through my university's formatting guidelines and haven't seen anything on the proper ...
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Why does the APA style call it 'the footnotes page' even though the notes are not placed at the bottom of pages?

The APA style recommends the use of either footnotes or endnotes. The term 'endnotes' means notes are placed in a separate page in the back matter. The term 'footnotes' means notes are placed at ...
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How can I find the first researcher who wrote about a specific subject

I am writing my thesis in computer science and I am looking to include some references. I need to include though the researchers who first wrote about a specific subject and not others who expanded ...
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Is it common to put a quote from interviews in the epigraph page of a thesis as long as research ethics are not violated?

I want to put something that one of my participants said in the epigraph page of my thesis, but I have seen researchers mostly quoting authors. Is it common to put a quote from interviews in the ...
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Can I use text from my dissertation in a manuscript?

There has been general discussion of whether one can use a published work in their dissertation, with the consensus being 'of course'! The first two chapters of my thesis will be published works. I'm ...
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Can I make notes for the appendices even though they are placed after the 'Notes' page in APA?

The APA style recommends that the appendices be placed at the end of the paper, which means that the Notes page is placed before them. Can I make notes for the appendices even though they are placed ...
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Should the table of contents of a thesis include beyond heading level 3?

Should the table of contents of a thesis include beyond heading level 3? I would like to know if there is a rule specifying this issue either in MLA or APA?
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How can I find my data to compare with my work's results? [closed]

My Masters thesis is on task graph scheduling for multi core processors. I have developed a new task clustering and scheduling algorithm. I wanted to know about how can I find data to compare it with ...
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Should chapter introduction and conclusion be included in the table of contents?

In my thesis, I have five chapters, each of which includes sections and subsections. Each of the five chapters has an introduction and conclusion. Should chapter introductions and conclusions be ...
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Is it considered cheating to ask a friend or tutor to proofread your thesis before submission?

Even after having proofread my thesis many times, I think asking another person to proofread it before submission is necessary. Is it considered cheating to ask a friend or tutor to proofread your ...
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Is it advisable to hand in a thesis by visiting my supervisor's house?

I have to hand in the thesis to my supervisor, but I could neither find him in the faculty nor contact him, but I know his house. Is it advisable to hand in a thesis by visiting my supervisor's ...
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Is it permitted to quote something with informal language, like an interview excerpt with 'haha', in a thesis?

One of the interview excerpt I want to quote include "haha." Is it permitted to quote an interview excerpt with 'haha' in a thesis? I asked because it seems like it is too informal.
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Is it necessary that the the chapter introduction be made up of just one paragraph?

In writing the introduction of a chapter, I came up with three paragraphs. Is it necessary that the the chapter introduction be made up of just one paragraph?
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How should the title of a chapter or section be formatted when mentioned in the text?

How should the title of the chapter or section be formatted when mentioned in the text? I mean the titles of chapters of the same work. For example: If the chapter is entitled "Chapter Four: Review ...
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Should one put their Master's thesis online?

I think of a thesis as sort of an immature document, by definition. It delineates the university era from the professional era, and is bound to lack some practical elements. Should a student refrain ...
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Should I use lighter or heavier paper for my printed dissertation?

My university requires one to submit a printed copy of the dissertation. The paper has to be 100% cotton, white, and 20- to 24 lb weight. Since I have a choice in the weight of the paper, my question ...
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How to credit Creative Commons icons in a Bachelor's Thesis

I am currently working on my bachelor's thesis in computer science in Germany. I have created a few charts/graphs, making heavy use of icons downloaded from http://thenounproject.com/. Most of the ...
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Which term is correct for a work submitted for a master's degree: paper, thesis or dissertation?

What is the difference among the terms paper, thesis and dissertation? Which one should I use, for instance if I am completing a master's degree? Are they interchangeable ?
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Should I use the pronoun 'my' in the title of an appendix?

Should I use the pronoun 'my' in the title of an appendix of a thesis? For example: Appendix A: An Example of My Participation in the Community's Rituals
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Is a copied acknowledgements section considered plagiarism?

A friend of mine has told me that his Master student (Chemistry) defended his thesis sometimes ago and everything went alright and he graduated. He recently realized that in the acknowledgements part ...
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Comparing results if there have been no similar studies

I examined seven years of financial data for a given country. However, there have been no similar studies that have the same sample as mine and cover a seven-year period (most study just one year in ...
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Credit with helping to write a PhD thesis

I am an undergraduate student doing summer research and I am helping a PhD student to write a portion of her PhD thesis and with a bit of editing here and there. I am wondering how would credit be ...
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Can the word “subsubsection” be used in a thesis?

Can the word "subsubsection" be used in a thesis? For example: The next subsubsection discusses so and so. It is not listed in English dictionaries. What do you think? Thank you
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Discussing time limits in the limitations section?

Is it common to discuss the fact that one didn't have time to do more reading, or didn't have time to elaborate certain sections, in the "limitations" section of a thesis?
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Why shouldn't I take a risk to make my thesis have better design?

I am making a final dissertation for my graduation. I want it to have a better design than the boring traditional. When I read this and this, I think that the downside is because it makes the thesis ...
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Is it okay to digitize/modify figures “reproduced from reference” in a thesis?

I am a student starting preparations for a masters thesis in a U.S. research university (on a physics/materials science topic). I have seen digital versions of past MS theses and PhD dissertations ...
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How to inform an adviser I am ceasing work with him?

There's a lot of text here, I do apologize. Many thanks to those who read it all and provide commentary. Background: I have worked with my adviser for ~7 years now carrying out research with him in ...
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How to interpret results [closed]

This might be a silly question, but I don't have much experience in research. After I run my model, I am a little confused of what the summary statistics numbers mean and how can I exercise them to my ...
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Including many pages of serialization code and generated source code in Master's thesis?

I'm working on my Master's thesis in Computer Science. Shortly, I am "drawing" a diagram, which is then serialized and from the serialization I generate some source code. So, my question is not about ...
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Is it problematic to use a Wikipedia article I wrote in my PhD thesis?

I'm working on a specific subject, and I thought that sharing my bibliographical and synthesis work from peer-reviewed journals on Wikipedia could be a good idea. Moreover, there is no Wikipedia entry ...
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Is it reasonable to use full word and abbreviation in parenthesis in a chapter title?

Can I use full word plus its abbreviation in parenthesis in a chapter title? here is my case: Chapter 2 Human Immune System (HIS) is it correct? Is there any differences if the the full word have ...
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When to use inline versus displayed equations in a publication?

On a publication (thesis, paper, other), when should I write an equation inline and when should it be separated and numbered from the text? I've seen publications containing both styles, but I don't ...
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Should the glossary in my dissertation be minimalist or comprehensive?

Context: I'm in an interdisciplinary field -- Computational Social Science -- and therefore my dissertation will be drawing on theory, empirical findings, and methods from at least four different ...
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Why are the final copies of thesis dissertations often required to be double spaced?

From http://thewallaceline.blogspot.com/2006/11/double-line-spacing-in-dissertations.html: It is standard practice to require dissertations to be double-spaced. In the age of word processors, one ...
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PhD thesis without acknowledgements

During the process of writing my PhD thesis, I was close to falling out with my adviser, the advice I received from other staff at the lab (including the director) was unhelpful at best. I have since ...
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Can anyone provide insight on a Master's student struggling with research?

I just finished my first year of my Master's program in Atmospheric Sciences, and during this time I was a teaching assistant. Now that the summer has arrived, I'm starting as a research assistant ...
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Internal PhD thesis reviewer pulled out a month before the thesis due date: Is this allowed? What to do next?

I have been a PhD student in an institute for the last 4 years and now my deadline to submit my thesis is in another 40 days. When I joined the institute, official papers were signed stating that ...
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Paper based on my thesis and results 100% and I am in the acknowledgment only what can I do?

I have developed a medical device as a master project. The very general idea was from my supervisor and the whole work is mine (Design, build up, test, measurements, results and some additional ...
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Reusing figures from other articles in one's thesis

I obtained the rights to reuse some figures from other journal articles on my thesis from the publishing company. Is it sill a good idea to email the authors of the figures, do I need their OK before ...
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Is it appropriate to acknowledge StackExchange in my MSc thesis?

So, I'm just now finishing my master's thesis. When thinking about who helped me aside from my official supervisors some of the StackExchange fora (especially Stack Overflow and TeX) came into my ...
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Designing Computer Science experiments (Hypotheses and errors?) [migrated]

For my master thesis I want to set-up several experiments. One thing my professor has been complaining about is that most computer science experiments are lacking scientifically. To not fall into this ...
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Should I cite sources about a technology description?

I want to add some description of a technology (Node.js = server-side JavaScript) in my thesis. The description is about what exactly this technology is, how it works, what it can do etc. I want to ...
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Apply for PhD before finishing my Master's degree

I am now in the middle of my master's degree and I plan to graduate in August 2015. I currently study in Germany and for most engineering students here it is common to finish the five-year program (3 ...
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Is my career over if thesis went bad?

I wrote a master thesis which went quite bad, due to communication problems with advisor, and my advisor said he is not willing to continue guiding me for PhD studies. Specifically, I was asked to ...