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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LaTeX itemize options: are they allowed to use in a master thesis? [duplicate]

In my Master thesis, I used this: \begin{itemize}[label=\ding{167}] \item Access Windows XM from Ubuntu Server \item List the directories contents of Windows XP \end{itemize} The output is: My ...
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Publishing PhD thesis at another university due to not being able to afford high publishing costs?

Would it ever occur, historically, that a PhD student could not obtain his degree from a university due to the high costs of publishing his thesis, such that he would have to publish it at another ...
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Can I ask for payment if my employer wants to use my dissertation?

I completed my PhD research as an industry based researcher. My employer was fully aware of my research. There was no support given by the employer other than encouragement. However, I used the ...
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Is there a way to check for similarities within a single text?

I am reaching the final stage of my dissertation which means editing, rewriting, and more editing. I am looking for a tool which can help me in this process by checking for similarities within a ...
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How to ask PhD advisor to work remotely on thesis for extensive periods?

I am in a PhD program in a top US institution but my SO,family,friends are somewhere else. I am considering a thesis that would require minimal/no field or lab work. This would be a big compromise as ...
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How can code be classified in a Thesis(Figure, Table, Listing, etc)

I am writing a Thesis and there are sections that require me to add fragments of code or a complete code. Should this be classified as a figure, table,listing or snippet ?
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How to think while comparing approaches

I'm a CS master student. Now I'm doing my masters thesis and the contribution of my thesis is to compare different approaches/methods of one topic (e.g. clustering of text documents). What I have done ...
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Method and content in selecting a social science dissertation project

General question: When working in an area of social science where method matters just as much as content (i.e., theory, question), how does one choose which should be the starting point for a ...
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What are the important factors to consider when choosing a Master topic?

I am a computer science, master student. As I am nearing the end of my studies, I am starting to weight my options for the final "thing", the Master thesis. I already had 2-3 meetings with some ...
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Is publishing a graduation requirement in many master's programs?

I know a student in a linguistics master's program (in East Asia). He told me that in his country, most master's programs require students to publish a certain number of papers in academic journals in ...
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What does it mean “a dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction”? [duplicate]

It appears in thesis, e.g. "A dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics". Does it mean the thesis is OK for a Ph.D, just ...
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How to write a personal statement for a dissertation fellowship?

I'm writing an application for a dissertation fellowship, which according to the application is "to a truly outstanding doctoral degree candidate in the last semester of residence". I need to write a ...
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How to symbolize that figure is cropped?

I need to add a photo with some additional data drawn over it to my thesis in computer science. But the photo is large and I want to crop bottom half of it. But then it could be misleading, that there ...
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What is your university's policy on course reductions for service on dissertation committees? [closed]

This is a question branching off of this one. I would like to judge how common it is for universities to give course reductions for service on dissertation committees. Two questions: Does your ...
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Motivating myself to study?

I'm a CS master student working on my thesis. I'm 25 years old and still until now when I wake up in the morning to start studying I wake up stressed and my stomach hurts. I also feel a very bad ...
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How relevant are (journal) papers for the valuation of one’s work and results?

I am a PhD student at an engineering department in Europe. At my department, and at most others in my university, research papers are the main benchmark of a scientist’s productivity. It seems like ...
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Why are there no standards for awarding PhD degrees?

I am considering doing a PhD however I was surprised to find out that there are no set standards for a PhD in research. For example, one study could test 500 patients, while another, tests only 10, ...
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How to translate foreign-language theses into English?

i found many papers and thesis written in different languages than English, mainly Portuguese and Chinese. is there an efficient way to benefit from these papers and thesis instead of translating them ...
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Some collection of students' theses or dissertations [duplicate]

I want to looking for information in graduating level. Is there any collection or library which provide students' theses or dissertations of many universities? Googling just find library for each ...
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Is it a negative that my PhD research has been in several unrelated areas?

I'm a PhD student in Computer Science. Long story short: I do not have a good relationship with my advisor. I don't trust his guidance or his ethical integrity. Therefore, I am seeking external advice ...
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IEEE referencing : Acceptable reference format for personal work log

I’m writing an academic document and I can’t seem to find any specific mention of how to refer to a personal work log. Work logs are essentially to be published journals documenting what happened when ...
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How to find help when writing a master's thesis

What methods could you recommend for attaining assistance when writing a master's thesis, in the particular case when one feels uncomfortable seeking any more help from the advisor, because of his own ...
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Is there a problem with citing the original source instead of the source where the information was first found?

I'm writing a Bachelor's Thesis. I found a seemingly convenient way of making my research paper successful, but I'm not sure if it counts as plagiarism. This is mainly concerned with the methods ...
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Referencing specific files in source code in a dissertation

I am making a statement in my dissertation based on a comment written in the Linux kernel source code. I would like to be able to reference this comment. At least I would like to be able to name the ...
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My supervisor spells my name incorrectly

I've discovered that every time my supervisor has cited any of the papers or technical documents I've written she/he would: spell my name incorrectly or forget to add my name spell the article/...
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How often do you get to “play with” scientific instruments?

I tend to learn and understand a subject to a much deeper extent if I am able to play around/experiment/mess with something that demonstrates the principles. I'm starting a Neuroscience PhD program ...
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Harvard Multiple authors- Alphabetical or not?

I apologise if I have missed this in the Harvard guidelines but I was wondering whether the order of multiple authors matters. For example a book by A Smith and A Jones. How should it be written: (...
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“We” when I mean “I” or should I say “the author”? [duplicate]

I am currently working on my thesis and facing the problem of choosing between "I", "We" or "the author" when I want to talk about things I defined, decided etc. I am the only author of my thesis, but ...
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Will my methods chapter be less solid, if it is based on one book or the work of one scholar?

I'm writing a Bachelor research paper using netnography or virtual ethnography. I've found that this new methodology was mostly advanced by two scholars: Kozinets and Christine Hine. I managed to ...
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How long should I wait for the response of the referee?

i wrote a message to the Editor to inquire about my revision sent about 4 months ago. He informed me yesterday(March 20th, 2014) that my manuscript has already completed 1 review. However, we are ...
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What should I put in the Introduction as opposed to the Literature Review?

My question is rather short one, how much information should I include when writing the introduction, and how much should be left out for the literature review Note: the reason for this question, is ...
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Is there any way to find Donald Knuth's undergrad/master's thesis?

Just what the title says. As far as I know, Knuth's undergrad thesis was so good that the faculty at his university decided to honor him with both an undergrad degree and a master's automatically. I ...
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When there are multiple ISBNs, which should be reported in a reference list?

Which ISBN number should I use in my literature list? I have for example used a book about Design Patterns for my thesis. But I found that books have two ISBN numbers. Which is prefered to use? ...
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Should paper/thesis be written in plural or singular 1st person? [duplicate]

All papers I have seen so far we formulated in plural first person, like "we have discovered..." or "based on the fact, we conclude..." and not singular, like "I have discovered..." even for works ...
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Should sections of a chapter have introductions and conclusions?

Consider the following situation: The review of the literature chapter has seven sections: the first one is for the introduction, the five medial are for different themes, the last one for the ...
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Should I justify the organization of chapters and sections in the research paper?

I am using a research handbook written by Creswell to guide me in writing my Bachelor's Thesis. Specifically, I followed his research design model. Should I justify why I structured my Methods ...
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Citing my own thesis in the extracted paper

I am going to extract a paper from my MSc thesis. But I am not sure how to point out that this paper is the synopsis of my thesis. What is your suggestion? In which section should I refer to the ...
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Dissertation proposal before admission: Is it possible?

It seems that most universities in Europe require an outline of the planned dissertation at the application stage. I think even choosing the title of a dissertation needs a lot of dialogue between the ...
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Is it possible to use my partially published previous work as a bachelor thesis?

Some time ago I put up a question on the SE network. I ended up writing an extensive answer myself and published it in the same question and on my blog. Later, I put a lot more thought into the topic ...
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How long does it takes to receive a master graduation document (degree)

Can any body tell me how long after the Master's thesis defense do it take the student to receive their Master graduation document (degree) in Spain, France, UK or USA? I'm asking specifically about ...
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How to highlight the text changes to the supervisor?

How to highlight the changes I made to a text (report, thesis etc) to the supervisor? Red colour/adding bubble comments, you name it. I use Word.
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How to handle getting offers from two PhD supervisors who know each other?

The problem: I have a professor that accepted me to take on a thesis when i'm ready but another one offered me one also. The second one did it while the first professor was in the room and I felt the ...
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How to finish Master's Thesis when my adviser is too busy to help me thoroughly edit what I have written?

I have finished my B.S. and I am now finishing my M.S. thesis (already finished M.S. classes). My original thesis topic was not getting me anywhere and I came to my adviser asking him to allow me to ...
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Is citing data from a presentation not trustful?

There is this investment bank specialized in the mining sector. I had access to one of their presentations where they have data regarding the production and end use of some chemical elements. They do ...
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Do I need to focus my writing to specific paper?

I'm a master student and I'm the phase of preparing my thesis. I've searched many papers related to my thesis but I'm a bit confused in what to focus. Do I need to take only a paper (or few papers) ...
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What are the most important points to emphasize while pitching for a dissertation to be published as a book?

An editor for a major publishing house is visiting our institute, and some PhD students will get the chance to have a 15 min talk with them and discuss the publication of their dissertation as a book. ...
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What are the essential points that should be covered in a dissertation abstract?

I need to prepare a 2-page abstract of my dissertation as part of a funding application. What are the essential points that such an abstract should cover? This opportunity (and my PhD) is in the ...
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Does getting awarded your PhD in physics depend on the quality of university?

Say you wrote a good thesis on some discovery you made in physics. If it was a mediocre discovery, nothing special, are you more likely to get awarded the PhD at a 'not very good' university than at ...
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Definitions in Glossary?

While writing my thesis, I was putting down some definitions of terms as they are used in the scope of the work. Does it make sense to move them to the glossary and write their definition as well? ...
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Are there any particular grants or fellowships in the sciences specifically for non-traditional students?

After obtaining my masters degree, I spent four years doing other things before returning to pursue my PhD. My advisor has a Dept. of Energy grant which has funded me, but the grant will not be able ...