My query is about whats the main difference between thesis and research paper, and as i am undergrad, which is more easy for an undergrad to do!!

  • "which is more easy for an undergrad to do"?? It is not clear what this means... You might want to add more details of what you already know... – Praphulla Koushik Apr 7 at 4:42
  • I think this could be a good question if you add a small additional amount of context. – 6005 Apr 8 at 12:25

An undergraduate thesis (or dissertation) is: a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree, which presents the author's findings.

By comparison, a research paper (when differentiated from undergraduate life) is: an academic work containing original research results or a review of existing results, which are typically published after a peer-review process successfully checks suitability.

For an undergraduate, I suspect an undergraduate thesis is easier, since I believe the bar for acceptance is generally lower than the bar for acceptance of peer-review.

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    The ordinary meaning of a research paper is an undergraduate or secondary school assignment. Surely this is what the asker means. – Anonymous Physicist Apr 7 at 10:26
  • @AnonymousPhysicist According to Wikipedia, there are four types of research paper, which includes an academic work and a thesis. We can discount thesis here, and I assume an academic work is most likely, since the alternatives - a position paper and a term paper - don't seem like substitutes for a thesis. Of course, I may have assumed incorrectly and will refine my answer if the OP clarifies. – user2768 Apr 7 at 11:13
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    @user2768 What i meant by research paper is that, I want to publish a paper on my own with some external help and this paper is not to get a degree or to get credits for my college work. – yash karbhari Apr 7 at 16:49
  • @yashkarbhari That sounds like an academic paper. Since this paper is not to get a degree or to get credits for my college work, I presume you are wondering how hard it is relative to a thesis, in order to decide whether you should pursue it? Perhaps you can edit your question to make it clearer. – user2768 Apr 7 at 17:18

A thesis might be longer and might be written over a longer period of time. There is not guaranteed to be any difference.

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