Questions tagged [thesis]

Questions related to initiation, preparation, editing and presentation of a research thesis. A Thesis is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. A Thesis must include personal research and the proper citations from other publications in the research topic.

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can I take parts from my thesis (different language) to be used in a paper without paraphrasing?

My PhD thesis is in French, can I take parts from it, just translate them to English (without any paraphrasing) and use them in my next paper? would this cause any plagiarism issues?
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Paper was rejected for high similarity with parts of my own dissertation

My PhD thesis consisted of two published papers and one submitted paper embedded in some additional framing. For completion of my PhD, I had to upload my thesis to the servers of our academic library, ...
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Research Methodology for Developing Novel Tool [closed]

I hypothesize that by combining the results of two areas of research in the field of machine learning (say field A and field B), the production of digital goods in business area C could be automated ...
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Does the length of a PhD thesis matter?

I am writing a PhD thesis in literature. I have covered all areas in about 120 pages. Does the length of a PhD thesis matter even if it has covered all the areas mentioned in the synopsis?
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How to write the introduction of a stapler PhD thesis? [duplicate]

It looks like I am going to have three articles (if all goes well) that are dealing with quite different fields (psycho-accoustics, time-series analysis and machine learning). I do not have a single ...
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How can I obtain information on the academic history of my great grandfather?

My great grandfather completed his PhD in 1948 at Leeds University. I was recently able to find his PhD thesis online. From what I could understand, only a physical copy exists in the archives. ...
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Can I quote from my interviewees before the methodology section in my dissertation?

I would like to use a couple of quotes from my interviewees (primary data) before the methodology and results section. Is there any hard and fast rule about not introducing research data before the ...
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What is the point of a thesis defense presentation?

Context: math master's thesis. I get that I need to show up and be able to have a discussion and answer questions, etc. That's all fine and good. But in my uni, 70 % of the thesis defence consist of ...
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What should I do if my former advisor wants to use my research project data (including dissertation) for the current PhD student's dissertation?

I finished my dissertation about 2 years ago and currently continue for a clinical program in the same department. I collected the data from many subjects for my research project including ...
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What's are some of the strangest ackowledgements you've ever seen in a masters/PhD thesis? [closed]

Typical "ackowledgements" section in a thesis thank supervisors, collegues, friends, family and/or deity. There was a recent article on atypical acknowledgements, such as this one below: ...
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Advisor is unhappy with M.Sc. research results and is showing signs of preventing the student from graduating. What should be done?

I am having difficulties with an advisor who has not been clear with me on my research project, and I am fearful that I will not be allowed to graduate on time. What should I do? Please allow me to ...
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Colleague blames me for not spotting typos when I only reviewed the structure and content

I am a graduate student (PhD) in a STEM program. A fellow lab mate of mine asked me to review a chapter (basically the background/history of their project) of their graduate thesis a couple months ...
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Dedicating PhD thesis to my Dad who recently passed away

I lost my Dad while waiting for the examiners reports of my thesis. In my final copy I would like to include a dedication page to him (in addition to the general acknowledgements page), but I'm not ...
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How to evaluate a thesis based on papers with multiple authors

I was asked to be a referee of a PhD thesis. The thesis is completely based on several papers published in journals. All the papers have, besides the PhD student, other authors (different authors for ...
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Do you need to state that you have written permission from the copyright holder of the image I use as cover

I am using a picture for the cover of my thesis. I received written permission from the copyright holder of this picture that I may use it for this purpose. Do I need to make a comment somewhere in my ...
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Would this kind of paraphrasing be called “plagiarism”? [closed]

Original Text: The questionnaire was designed by the researcher to gather data on the perceptions of students based on their experiences in the blended environment. It consisted of Likert-type items ...
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I conceptually understand a result, but not its mathematical implementation – how can I defend using it?

There is a particular result from another author that I wanted to use in my research which is a central component to my research question (it’s an animal’s growth rate). However, deriving the results ...
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How bad would it be to graduate with a thesis not able to show positive results?

I'm almost at the end of my research dissertation for my MSc program and my results could not prove any improvement in the techniques already well established. I relied too much on a paper talking ...
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What should I do if I have been away from writing a dissertation for some time?

The subject of my research is very broad and has many aspects. I have measured the aspects many times before and thought about related topics. But I've been away from doing research for a while, I've ...
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Is it ill-advised to make a cover for your thesis in STEM?

I handed in my undergraduate thesis in mathematics and since I had extra time due to COVID-19 lockdown, I had made a cover drawing for it that I included. I've never seen a thesis with a cover in the ...
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Citing Data That Was Compiled From Many Sources and Then Summarized? (Updated)

The Problem The author of the dissertation (PhD) collected publicly available raw data from the websites of over 40 universities. The data itself spanned 40 years. After compiling the data into a ...
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Why is method so important for a thesis?

Right now I am preparing a paper for my bachelor's degree thesis in computer science. I myself is an active programmer at work in my company and have created many programs till now. I want to take ...
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Should I copy a short a proof from another paper or just refer to it?

I want to use a short (5 lines) mathematical proof from someone else's machine learning paper in my master thesis. Should I provide it, to help comprehension and save readers the trouble of looking ...
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Being incorrectly assigned as a thesis reviewer? [closed]

I am 3rd year PhD student now. Today I was approached by a master student from my lab asking me to be his external reviewer. There are several things that bother me in that situation: To my great ...
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Quitting PhD in my third year

HI everybody I am a physics PhD student working in the field of theoretical physics. I am currently in my third year. I am currently at a point where I am thinking of quitting my PhD. I have no ...
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Incorporating results of supervised student theses in own thesis

During my PhD thesis, I supervised the creation of Bachelor's and Master's theses. The official supervisor was always my own PhD supervisor (since I am officially not yet allowed to do university-...
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Took too long to complete thesis - confidence buried six feet under. How to explain this to employers?

Question: How to explain to potential employers why it took so long to complete my master's degree without partially blaming my thesis supervisor? I just completed my master's degree in North ...
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Accepted by potential thesis supervisor while still waiting to hear back from two others. How to respond?

I wanted to know your opinion about this: I had interviews (separate) with three professors that they know each other. One of them which is not my first choice has accepted me, the others still have ...
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Would 3 years of master's in Computer Science look bad in PhD applications?

Basically I'm in an MS program in Computer Science where I do either 8 courses or 6 courses (2 courses per semester) + thesis (spread across 2 semesters). My original plan was to complete the thesis ...
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Is it discouraged to use a sans-serif font for a scientific thesis? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on my bachelor's thesis in Computer Science at a European university. I've been fiddling around with the layout a lot recently, and specifically tried out using fonts other than ...
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Line Graph of a Solution containing three different components? [closed]

I am not sure if I am posting this query in the correct forum, so please forgive me if I've got this wrong.  I am doing a research paper into the effect of different macronutrient ratios on sleep (...
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Page numbering of introduction in a thesis

In English literature, it is common to use roman page numbering for the preface and then the Arabic for the actual content of a given book. Then, should the introduction belong to the preface or not? ...
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Is It too early to contact professors for postdoc position before defending your thesis? [duplicate]

Basically the title sums it all. My thesis defense is scheduled for July. It was postponed for pandemic reasons. But I have finished writing my thesis, and prepared everything, I just need to make it ...
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Molds of PhD thesis from more than one idea

I'm considering doing a PhD in Software Engineering and Information Technology. Associated with a particular concept of interest (immersion), got many ideas running through my mind that having them ...
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Mentioning that a part of the thesis was done at another university in my PhD thesis

While working on my thesis, and for about a month, I did some simulation studies on another university with the supervision of another professor. I want to mention this at the begining of the section ...
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An appropiate graph visualization? [closed]

I want to include a plot in my thesis to highlight regional differences in bicycle collision outcomes. Now there are several plot visualizations I could use, and I am not sure which one could be the ...
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Is it OK to have a PhD thesis with shortcomings and inaccuracies?

I recently defended my PhD thesis and was awarded a pass with some minor corrections. I am due to submit the final version of my thesis very soon. The examiners were both very happy with my thesis, ...
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Is it pointless to bring up poor supervision during PhD viva?

I should defend my PhD in the UK near the end of the year. Unfortunately I fell into the class of horribly supervised PhD students - with an ill-defined research project and an absent supervisor who ...
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Would it be ok/wise to end my PhD contract after submitting my PhD thesis in order to be able to start a new job at that time?

I would like to start looking for a job in the period preceding the submission of my thesis, so that if I’m lucky and I find a job, I could end my PhD contract (around PhD submission time) and take on ...
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How to avoid plagiarism in expository-style thesis? [closed]

The background of the problem is similar to this question but the question is different. Is this plagiarism or something similar in a master's project? As my work is of expository nature and 2 ...
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How can I structure my undergraduate thesis to include two slightly different projects?

I did a research internship/ co-op in my final semester (our uni gives the option to choose between that and staying on campus for project work under professors). There, I was a part of two slightly ...
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Is this plagiarism or something similar in a master's project?

I am a master's student in 3rd world Asian country. My master's thesis guide (who was from a different institute) abandoned me after giving a research paper to read. Now, with no guidance left as no-...
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What should I write in the preface of my master's thesis [closed]

Please note that my guide abandoned me and I am studying and preparing my masters thesis myself. There is no help from any faculty in my department as they can not bother, as they are not guide. ...
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In the related work section of a dissertation, can I use images and source code from other articles, with attribution?

I'm brushing up the related work section of my master's dissertation, and it would be very useful to include some diagrams and code snippets from other articles on that section (and that section alone)...
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Is it appropriate to attend a friends' dissertation defense/FPO (USA)?

My initial reaction would be that it would be highly inappropriate to attend someone's defense unless explicitly invited, and you should never ask someone for and invitation to anything. It should be ...
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When Is It Time To Get the Department Involved With MSc Progress?

I am a masters student approaching my expected graduation date (September), the problem however is that I have not a single result to speak to. However, this is not due to of a lack of serious effort ...
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Would this be considered plagiarism?

I'm currently about to finish my BA thesis, and my topic is bullying. I have read several books, studies, and such that can be connected to my topic. I finished the literature review, but haven't ...
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Can I get a PhD if I did research without being enrolled in a PhD program?

I have been working under the supervision of a Professor at a german University for a couple of years on a research project that could be published soon with me as a first author. However I am not ...
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Conflicting views with my supervisor on how a thesis should be written [closed]

My supervisor gave a lot of feedback (in actuality they are mostly complaints) about a part of my thesis (while I have let others read my work and they were more understanding of what I wrote). There ...
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Figure vs. Plate

While most university style guides mention "List of Figures", "List of Plates", "List of Tables", I haven't found a concrete definition of what might be included as a Figure or Plate in a thesis. ...

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