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Do I have to cite common CS algorithms?

I'm working on my final thesis for a CS grade course and I want to use a common sorting algorithm (quicksort for the curious ones). Do I need to include a reference to this algorithm (cite or quote)? ...
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Citing a paper that led to the discovery of another [closed]

Whilst reading a paper I discovered another and I am now building upon the latter. Should I cite the former paper, since that's how I discovered the latter? Or does it suffice to cite only the latter?
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Blockchain for publications [closed]

Today`s publications lack of the possibility to be extended by others after being published. A data base paper could for example benefit when contributors would gain authorship by opening data with a ...
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Avoid plagiarism when copying (paraphrasing) paragraphs for the background section of Masters Thesis

In my background section, I have a subsection which explains ideas from research papers that my supervisor has previously published. Basically in my thesis, I build upon these ideas and so I have a ...
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Is it advised to give a suggestion how to cite in the thesis document itself?

I am thinking about including a statement as follows in my thesis (e.g. at the second page). Please cite this thesis as "X.Y, My fancy title, Thesis, University of XZ, June 2019, https://doi.org/10....
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How can I credit an Original Image on my thesis?

I'm writing my master's thesis (in physics) in which I included a drawing that a friend of mine made for me using Adobe Illustrator. I would like to cite him as an author. Usually, for reproducible ...
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Dissertation: How to properly reference earlier versions of working papers in the German academic system?

I recently became the co-author of a working paper an older version of which is online (at which stage I was not a co-author yet). We added and changed most of the content, however some applications ...
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Should a dissertation cite the chapter within the dissertation or the published manuscript?

I'm in the process putting together a dissertation by publication and one of the manuscripts builds upon previously published work. As a result, the manuscript as a chapter in the dissertation has ...
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Writing Thesis: Copying from published papers [closed]

I'm aware that some institutions offer something that is called 'Thesis by Publication' (sandwich thesis) but that's not available to me. I'm trying to work out what pitfalls there may be to simply ...
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How old can references or sources in a thesis be?

I have read that references in scientific papers should be no more than 2-3 years old, since such fields move fast, and no more than 10 years for arts or related fields: A good rule of thumb is to ...
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How to use over 40 book references in one single thesis?

It is a problem of methodology, I don't know how to contain all these books in my draft. Am I supposed to summarize them, critic them or to analyze them? Am I supposed to refer to every writer of ...
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How to provide price comparision of commercial products

I'm in the middle of finalizing my thesis. The goal of it was to develop a system that perfroms certain set of tasks. There are already commerical products that exist as hardware and/or software ...
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Is it appropriate to cite a piece of academic work when the author has been charged with child pornography?

It has recently come to my attention that a renowned scholar in my field whose academic journals have been highly influential in my area of research has recently been charged with child pornography. ...
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Should I mention in my thesis that a live demonstration motivated me to implement an algorithm instead of others?

I am currently writing my bachelor thesis, in which I compare different algorithms for solving a specific problem to each other. Since there are a lot of available published approaches, I did a ...
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What kind of citing permission do I need for a research project (not a master thesis) report that I am writing?

In my master program, there is a so called Research Project worth 20 credits. This is done before the Master Thesis. Not all the publisher website provide "reuse for technical report" option for ...
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Should I cite the source of a definition in a thesis glossary?

I'm writing my thesis and I added a glossary at the start with the more complex terms and their definitions. The definitions usually come from scientific papers. My question is: should I cite those ...
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How to cite or refer to programming codes in a non Computer Science Master's Thesis?

I am writing my Thesis in finance field and I am using Machine learning methods. Therefore, I wrote many Python and R scripts for collecting data, cleaning it and applying some statstics. should I ...
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Short references in bibliography

I found the following bibliography in a book: Is there a website which generates this kind of references automatically, that is short references? On google scholar there are only long references: ...
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R Code attachment

Hello academia community, I'm writing a paper in Finance on Portfolio optimization and stock returns. For this, I'm using R code to compute optimal portfolio allocation, histograms, boxplots etc. My ...
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Information with no reference in literature review

I am writing a literature review and I've found information in a thesis written in the literature review in a paragraph with no source, just ending with full stop. While at the end of the whole ...
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Should I indicate that definitions are from an article?

In my master thesis I included some definitions exactly (just translated in French) like they appear in a paper because they are particularly well written and easy to read for someone who has never ...
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MSc Dissertation Tables & Figures Errors submitted

I submitted my dissertation yesterday, one day before the due date. Upon reading back through the dissertation, I noticed quite an error in my methods and discussion. Unfortunately, due to adding a ...
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Citing propositions etc. in a master's thesis

So in my mathematics master's thesis I am mainly following a certain paper, trying to understand it and present it's results in my own way. Now for a few chapters in my thesis I am basing them off of ...
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How to reference to a whole section of other paper that my paper is heavily based on

I have a bit of a dilemma. I am writing a master thesis about a topic that I originally thought was original. It turns out that someone else has done the exact same thing, which forced me to take ...
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Cite a book in general and then a chapter in particular

The question is in the context of a paper and a thesis in the area of computational science, computer science and chemistry. I manage my references with Mendeley, and import them into a LaTeX file ...
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Physics dissertation: Do I give a reference every time I mention a certain piece of work?

I'm currently writing my BSc Physics dissertation and I'm using LaTeX with BibTeX so the format of the references is all correct, but there are a number of other papers that I talk about at several ...
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How should I cite?

I am a medical student working on my thesis... I found a couple of theses online that have relevant info to my thesis subject... I took this information but rephrased them with my own words and then I ...
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How to cite the same source across an entire subsection of a thesis?

My thesis is based on the application of a evaluation process. Therefore I want to add a subsection in the "Theoretical Background" chapter where I summarize the whole process. The process is ...
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What is the meaning of promotor and copromotor in Dutch PhD thesis?

I would like to know what is the difference between author and contributor in the Dutch system, and how to appropriately cite such a thesis? Only author? (APA format) Why this strange name promotor? ...
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Should the same source be cited repeatedly in a chapter? [duplicate]

I am currently writing my bachelor thesis on IT-Forensics. One of my first chapters is the explanation of of the basics of IT-Forensics, the procedures and its goals. To do that, I am primarily ...
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Citing in Footnote or Bibliography [closed]

I am currently writing my thesis which is on a relatively new topic and as such literature is limited and I have to take note of a lot of developments that are popping up as internet articles. Do ...
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Advisor asking to cite his works in my thesis. Not sure if the right thing to do

I am currently writing my thesis, and so far I've mentioned some well known related artcles focusing on a certain family of methods. My advisor has also published a similiar work, which is not ...
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Writing a Technical Paper /research paper about an assistive (technology) software project

I'm an undergraduate student of Computer Science. I have been working on a software project all summer, and is successfully completed now. The project is an assistive technology , a unique piece of ...
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How to cite a modified figure?

I took Figure 1 from this article and made a few changes to it. How should I cite it? Do I have to cite it? Should I cite it like "from [source] (modified)"?
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Should I cite my supervisor in a thesis?

I am currently writing up a thesis and was wondering if one should cite the PhD supervisors on insights that were solely their idea? As an example I have a sentence in the thesis that looks something ...
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How many levels of sub-citations are appropriate?

I'm writing my Thesis and I found a brilliant book that helps me write it in a coherent manner. Consider this: The author, Smith, talks about Approach XYZ and writes: XYZ is about ..., first used ...
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Name writer by surname when citing

Normally when writing technical reports, I just cite an article something like this: In the case of binary classifications, the softmax activation function is not efficient [1]. But if something ...
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A large part of my master's thesis (~25%) is essentially a summary of one book. How to cite correctly and in a tastefull manner?

one of the two tasks of my master's thesis, is to look into existing knowledge that deals with the overarching topic, summarize the knowlegde and discuss whether that knowledge can be applied to solve ...
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Is it allowed to include graphs in a thesis without explicit permission? [duplicate]

In a thesis, is it allowed to include graphs from other papers without an explicit permission from the publisher? (assuming citation is provided)
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Producing a bibliography by chapter – have one reference in two chapters

I am organising my bibliography by chapter to make for easier reading. However, I have one source that I use in two chapters. Do I just include the reference in the bibliography for this in the first ...
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Reference list order in a thesis

Currently I am writing my master's graduate thesis. I am confused that which ordering style is more formal in a thesis reference list. For instance, consider the following three reference lists that I ...
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Adding Arabic sources to my bibliography [duplicate]

Should I dedicate a separate part in my bibliography for my Arabic sources and thus write them in Arabic letters, or should I transliterate them and include them within the whole bibliography like any ...
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Is it good style to create http links in a B.Sc. project?

We are two students in computer science doing our term project for B.Sc. in computer science. Now I wonder if it is alright or advisable to make inline hyperlinks in the report e.g. We look at ...
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How do I cite an image from wikicommons in my thesis?

I want to use some images from the wikicommons in my thesis, some images state that 'Attribution is not legally required', but I understand that if I don't cite an image it's as if I'm claiming it as ...
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Is highlighting important references a good idea?

My thesis has around 100 references. What do you think if I highlight most important references (for example with bold text)? does it add more value to the work?
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Is using uncited references in master thesis a good idea? [closed]

Do you think uncited references can add extra value to a master thesis? If yes, what is the best way to include it in the master thesis? Maybe it can be mixed with the main references or can be ...
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it is a good idea to use colors for citations in hard bound thesis(printed copy)

Do you think it is a good idea to use colors for citations in the hard bound thesis(printed copy)? I think it is a good idea to use colors to make citations more visible in the PDF files on the ...
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Correct in-text citation, according to Harvard's referencing style

I read somewhere that you can reference, the Harvard way, by stating the author, before ending the sentence with a date - like so: Author said this bla bal blabd bdalab d... (2017). But, after ...
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How should one select his or her citations when writing a thesis in STEM?

I have looked over the master and PhD thesis of several past colleagues, and it seems that their thesis section are all very organized and does not deviate too much from the standard literature. In ...
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Recalling standard results in a master's thesis appendix for reader's convenience and/or self-containedness

Currently working on my master's thesis, I know that I have to consider that I am writing for an appropriate audience, that is, I write for people who have at least a bachelor's degree in my field (...