I'm doing mathematics and my thesis consists mainly of understanding and elaborating couple of articles, writing clearly everything down, and possibly including a little of my own original work at the end. Of course, I am citing everything, and also I am not copypasting, rather writing known stuff with my own words and trying to be more detailed.

But I am not sure what to do with the pictures(there are about 20 of them which are relatively difficult to draw, next to the 30-35 pages of plain text). I have an access to the tex files of these articles and could easily copy paste the code for pictures. On the other hand, I could write down(rather draw) everything by myself, and anyway I would properly cite the source because many of these pictures represent ideas behind which are not mine.

So what should I do? On the one hand, straight copypasting is not good. On the other hand, this is not a piece of text where I could write more details, although if I wouldn't have seen those pictures but I would been explained the ideas, then I would have drawn slightly differently. Should I draw everything by myself, while trying to be visually different then authors(while properly citing them of course).

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    Does this answer your question? I'd like to use a figure from a paper; what's the best way to do this?
    – GoodDeeds
    Commented Jul 15, 2020 at 17:07
  • @GoodDeeds That link will be helpful, thanks. But I am not just asking how to cite. I am asking if it is alright to cite 20 of them. Will it be comparable to the case of plainly copypasting 5 pages of text from another course? I know that in my thesis I should more sort of paraphrase and add more details, given a work which is not mine, rather than copypaste.
    – a_guest
    Commented Jul 15, 2020 at 17:13
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    I am asking if it is alright to cite 20 of them Please read the answers of the linked question about getting permissions.
    – Nobody
    Commented Jul 16, 2020 at 8:48


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