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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Gap between conducting the research and publication [closed]

how to justify the time gap (of 3 years) between data collection and publication of the findings for a PhD?
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What is the most appropriate structure for introduction/background/related work when there is a 'gap' between them?

My MSc thesis is a multidisciplinary secondary data analysis project (data science-related) and its aim is to answer a specific question on the specific secondary data. However, I struggle with the ...
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Reference for a whole section

I want to reference a whole section named TLS 1.2. To not reference every paragraph with the same source, at the beginning of the section I wrote the following "The source used for this section ...
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Can I copy (verbatim) my own arxiv paper into my thesis? [duplicate]

I wrote an arxiv paper during PhD, first author. I have a major chapter in my thesis on that paper and I would like to use the arxiv paper verbatim. Is it OK, to do that? I'm quite unclear about how ...
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Is it advisable to work on something your thesis advisor *isn't* an expert of?

Context: I'm looking for an advisor for my master thesis in holography, and I've received some interesting proposals that include "the necessity to be able to use numerical methods to solve ...
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Responsibility of supervisor to review draft thesis for plagiarism

I submitted my master's thesis draft for my supervisor to review one month before submission. He told me to revise 2 chapters because I didn't cite/paraphrase the content. I paraphrased the chapters, ...
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My master’s defense was cancelled with no clear reason. How can I deal with this?

I have been doing my master thesis in Germany for the last six months and submitted my thesis this week. I kept in touch with the supervisor while I was writing the thesis and the result was ...
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Suitable citation style for dealing with many de-identified sources, interviews and personal correspondence?

Background: I am writing a paper analysing various organisations that I need to de-identify. For my analysis I need to cite three types of sources: Publicly available published works that identify ...
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Systematic Literature Review: enhance context in discussion

Currently I am writing a Systematic Literature Review. I am aware of the systematic approach. But do the papers also constrain my discussion? Am I allowed to widen the frame by including related facts ...
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Paraphrasing in a Literature Review

Do you paraphrase in a literature review or just copy stuff and add credits at the end. for example if I needed to use the following sentence : By applying advanced and predictive analytics up front, ...
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How do I use examples from someone else's book in my thesis (APA style 7th edition)?

I am writing my first Linguistic thesis and am struggling with a question I can't find an answer to. Since it is a Linguistic paper I need some word and abbreviation examples, which are provided by ...
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Referencing if a YouTube video is the sole source

I have information that I found on YouTube, and when I searched for it on Google, I did not find it in any book, not even in an article, and nor in Google Scholar. Can I mention this information ...
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My advisor wants me to put his name as the first author but he didn't have math contribution

I am in a masters program (mathematics) and I have written a paper with my supervisor. My supervisor taught me the whole general procedure of finding papers to start with, methods of research and ...
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What is the point of questions asked in a mathematics master thesis presentation by the professor?

A student working on a master thesis in mathematics will have to present it at the end of the semester in front of the professor. The professor will ask several questions during the presentation, what ...
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Approaching a teacher outside institution for MS thesis guide

My institution allows me to pursue MS Thesis with a teacher from any other institute, I have interest in a topic and want to do my thesis in that. There are many researchers in different institutes ...
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What determines your PhD field? [duplicate]

Hello dear academic community, I am having a lot of confusion regarding what it is that determines your PhD field. As far as I know, PhD is an academic title awarded mainly in the humanities, and the ...
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MSc thesis lacking content because of my mistake

In the final month of work before writing the thesis I found a bug in something I did a couple months before. I talked to my supervisor and we checked together that indeed something was off. I took ...
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How “deep” do I need to go with my citations?

For background, I'm working on my master's dissertation for a data science project regarding COVID and want to reference some background information about health disparities. I've done some academic ...
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Page numbers in cumulative dissertation

I am writing a cumulative dissertation. In the main file I have an introduction and summaries of the publications. The pages all include page numbers. The publications I include into the main file ...
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Is paraphrasing my own texts using online tools is okay?

I am currently writing my master's thesis. I came across paraphrasing tools quite recently too. I saw that sometimes my texts are not very clear and repetitive (although I can explain an idea in an ...
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About making a video for pre-presentation of the PhD Thesis for the Master Judge

I was in one PhD Thesis Presentation Ceremony last week and have seen some aggressive Attack from one of the judge masters to the Student which had presented its PHD thesis. I guess some part of this ...
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How to write well-balanced conclusions? To re-describe findings, make statement, make implication? [closed]

Conclusions are so important. However, there seem to be many ways of writing them. How to write well-balanced conclusions? I give a simple made-up example. The example simply says that care was ...
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Large table formatting ideas in dissertation

I have a quite large table (45 columns x 15 rows). Columns include comparisons groups and each row represents a measure. I can only think about putting the table on multiple pages but this does not ...
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In Brazil, what would be the right way to write “Doctoral Thesis Proposal”?

Though the location is Brazil, the language being used is English. I do not want to write "Ph.D. Thesis" because there is no "Ph.D." degree in Brazil, that is, the degree name is ...
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Master Thesis for electrical engineering project

My master thesis is about doing an an upgrade/update of a previously created circuit board. I need to basically redo the whole thing because the new upgrades complete changed the board. Now I know ...
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Can a Post Doctorate Researcher review a PhD thesis?

I am wondering can a post doctorate researcher review a PhD thesis? I found many discussions in reviewing research articles. Reviewing articles for Journals is an integral part of research and very ...
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Can I send my thesis to an internship I am applying for when it has not been published yet?

Is it okay to send my MA thesis for an internship I'm seeking to apply for (they asked for it among other documents) even if the thesis is not published yet?
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My supervisor does not have time to read my thesis, what do I do?

I am a master's student, I started my degree in 2018. I wrote my thesis and sent it to both my main supervisor and co-supervisor a month ago and ask them to read but my main prof did not have time to ...
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A recently published paper seriously impairs the novelty of my dissertation. Which should be the purpose of the next meeting with my supervisor?

I am a second-year PhD student in management, and I've recently started working on my dissertation. The topic I got assigned is a fast-growing one. Nonetheless, I initially managed to ensure the ...
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Can I include my ArXiv pre-print as a part of the Thesis?

I have posted a paper on ArXiv and submitted it to a journal which is under review. Can I include a part of it or the whole article (pre-print) as a chapter in the thesis? Will it be counted as self-...
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Development of IoT device for an MS Electrical Engineering thesis [closed]

Is it a good idea to design and develop an Internet of things (IoT) device instead of investigation of a theoretical research problem for an MS Electrical Engineering thesis? Majority of the MS ...
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Can I still publish my thesis elsewhere if I publish it “closed access” with ProQuest?

My university requires that I upload my PhD thesis to ProQuest. ProQuest charges $95 for "open-access" publishing, while "traditional" publishing is free. I want to confirm my ...
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Undergraduate thesis credit is too expensive. Can I turn my thesis into 1-2 research papers & publish instead? [closed]

I’m a highly competitive (currently undergrad) student with the end goal of getting a position in academia. I’m about to graduate undergrad this summer; afterwards, I will do a Fulbright research ...
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Keeping the same supervisor/thesis topic upon transferring to MSc

I am currently a second year PhD student going on to a third year. I have made the decision to transfer my candidature to masters instead. I would like to ask the following: Do people usually switch ...
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Can I have the same project as another master's student (same experiments and results) and we both write two different theses? [closed]

I am currently doing a research thesis with another master's student and we both are designated the same project by the same promotor and we work together through every single experiment that we did. ...
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Finishing up an honours project dissertation, discovered an engineering law that means the majority of the designed system isn't needed, what do I do?

I created a concept offshore pumped storage hydro system using the open sea, pipelines and concrete vessels to simulate the upper/lower reservoirs and conduit of an onshore scheme, where the natural ...
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Publishing someone else's thesis work without their consent

Finished my MRes recently. My supervisor has told me that their ex-PhD student (graduated a year and a half ago) had some results in their thesis that they hadn't published. He asked me to complete ...
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Re-did my experiment, how to properly mention it?

After doing and evaluating my experiment/model, I decided to redo it (changed some small things based on the results of that experiment), because I believe that this new way would give me even more ...
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Correct way to cite a book in a thesis

I ask you this question that will seem trivial but having no experience in this regard and not having found specific information I do not know what to do. I am writing my master's thesis in Computer ...
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Using material from own publication for Master's thesis

I am currently working on my master's thesis in physics. Parts of my work seemed to be relevant for the scientific community, so we decided to publish a paper about my findings (arXiv + journal [...
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Allegation of Academic Misconduct

I completed my dissertation a few weeks ago, and submitted it the night before it was due and thus did not check it on turnitin etc for similarity reports. However, on Friday night I received an e-...
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Notations for integer in thesis

I am creating a list of notations for my thesis and I have difficulties trying to avoid overlapping notations. The main problem comes from indexes notations, for example: e_{i}, e_{j} with i,j = 1,2,...
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How should I credit the advisor's help in my thesis?

I am graduating soon and in the last minute my advisor found an issue in one major theorem in my thesis. In an hour, my advisor sent me a write up with a fix. The result is a little bit different than ...
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When looking for a PhD advisor, will it matter if I send them an updated version of my masters thesis?

I am about to finish my masters degree, and I want to apply for a PhD in the near future. I know that when contacting a potential advisor, they will ask you to send your CV and your previous research. ...
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PhD length in Canada

I was wondering how long does it usually take to finish a PhD in Canada? (social sciences/studying full time).
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Stuck completing master's thesis

I started to my master thesis in a company in March, it's a new design project about the product they produce. First month was just spent on the getting all the information, technical drawings and ...
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Advice on choosing a CS undergraduate thesis advisor (picking between 2 profs)?

I'm currently a college junior and looking to apply to grad school for CS in the fall. I'm currently choosing a thesis advisor for next year but would love some advice. One of my options is a HCI ...
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How PhD projects are acquired in pure mathematics [closed]

In pure mathematics (please only answer for this field, as other areas are different), what is the ratio of PhD students finding a project on their own, versus working closely with their supervisor to ...
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Can you defend your thesis without any slide presentation?

You speak and present your thesis without a slide presentation, probably with a pen to explain something on the board. This question came to mind when I was wondering "why do we need a slide ...
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Mixed use of titles in dissertation acknowledgment

I would of course use Prof. and Dr. in front of the names of committee members and other professors who I call by Prof. and Dr. in real life. But what about your “peers” who have doctorates? For ...

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