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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Capitalisation of “Section” and “Chapter” in a Ph.D. Thesis

I am submitting a Ph.D. thesis fairly soon and my supervisor has flagged my use of capitalisation in "Section" and "Chapter" as possibly incorrect. I have googled about a bit and I see mixed opinions. ...
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What are the advantages of putting your dissertation on Facebook?

I am told that one of the best ways in which to disseminate information/knowledge/findings from doctoral research is to put your dissertation on-line. By default, many universities make the ...
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Search all Theses online

Is there a way to search all openly published theses online? Maybe there is a way for Google Scholar to ignore other types of articles? I am aware of SCOPUS and Web of Knowledge, but unfortunately I ...
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Can dissertation be included in publication part in CV

In my CV, I include my dissertation topic within my education part like this: From start-time to end-time Master of something, University at somewhere Dissertation title: something However, I also ...
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Citing a funding application in a student thesis

I gave an application for a funded project to a student as reference material for his Masters thesis. He wants to put a reference to this text into his bibliography. What is the necessary "...
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How necessary is a List of Figures and a List of Tables in a dissertation?

I am writing my dissertation (word-limit 10,000 words) and am wondering if I should include a separate List of Figures and List of Tables Section after my Table of Contents? The university guidelines ...
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How much of a “personal touch” on dissertation is OK?

I don't know if this is the case at other institutions but at my university dissertations are published as A5-size books/booklets. There are some regulations on how the formatting is supposed to be ...
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What exactly goes into MS by Research? [duplicate]

I recently gave a entrance exam for a graduate program, MS (by course) in computer science. Since I did well in exam, now I am being offered for MS by research. In first semester I can attend 3-4 ...
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Final check for dissertation; what are some common bugs?

I am currently in the process of completing my dissertation. I am a big fan of unit tests, so I would like to implement a procedure that corrects my writing ( or removes bugs so to speak.) A few ...
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Article-based PhD and advisor's (new) role?

My engineering university offers a relatively new option to do an article-based dissertation, where the primary research is submitted (and hopefully published) in several scientific journals (at my ...
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How to decline answering details about my thesis?

I am a graduate student studying Education. I am currently working on my thesis, am about half-done with this and I expect to finish in one year. For the research, I am visiting classrooms at various ...
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Is there anything to do while waiting for results of a thesis examination?

I handed in my PhD thesis for examination. From reading the examination instructions it appears that if I get my degree, it could be between 6 weeks to a year. It all depends upon the comments I get ...
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What is the minimum contribution expected from an M.Sc. thesis?

I am writing a thesis for my M.Sc. dissertation, and I am struggling to identify how big the contribution of my paper has to be. I've heard professors in our campus saying "you don't have to save the ...
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Should I include a reference for an image that is released into the public domain?

I am writing my thesis and came across an image on Wikipedia that I would like to use. The licensing on this image is: I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain....
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How should I cite a website URL?

I am currently writing a report and I have been compiling a list of references (from IEEE mostly) and I also have a number of websites. My question is, what is the best way to note a website URL? ...
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How do you thematically include accidental findings (“serendipity”) in a dissertation or paper?

I'm asking for approaches to include interesting, but not perfectly fitting results in a dissertation or a paper. During my PhD project I have made an accidental discovery, which is what I believe ...
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Issues with publishing dissertation on an interest/advocacy group's website

I am wondering if it would hurt me (professional creditability etc.) if I publish my dissertation on an interest / advocacy group's website. My dissertation is in one of the areas that this group has ...
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Thesis peer review “service”

There are a lot of post about peer review of papers, but how about graduate/undergraduate thesis? Is there somewhere on the vast internet, where one can submit his thesis for a peer review. The ...
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What is a “publishable” thesis?

What is a "publishable" thesis? I have often heard this term thrown about in conferences and even as advice to new grad. students. From what I know, it is indeed rare for a thesis to be published ...
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How can my colleague use our joint results in his PhD thesis?

Over the past two years, I've been collaborating with a PhD student. He did experimental work, and I did modeling and data analysis based on his experiments. Now that my colleague is about to write up ...
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What is a good checklist for last minute changes before submitting a PhD thesis?

I have finished my thesis, it's been proofread by my advisor and myself, yet I have 24 hours to make last-minute changes to it. What should I be looking for? I will not make any substantial changes to ...
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How to collect data for dissertation if the work wasn't published

I'm starting my dissertation in which I'm creating a mobile application for public use. My problem is I need evidences to support my hypothesis and I was informed that I will only be allowed to ...
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Informing my supervisor of discrepancy in the results

I am working on my MPhys thesis, on a certain dataset. Part of this dataset has been analyzed by my current supervisor during his PhD, with published results. He asked me to expand on that work by ...
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What are the main differences between undergraduate, master's, and doctoral theses?

When I did my undergraduate thesis, my adviser was expected big on students expecting them working really hard, so it ended up as a reduced master's thesis (most of the reviewers said that it was an ...
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Co-authorship for not very involved supervisor

I have now completed my PhD by research. I received support from my supervisor in the form of advice on my chapters (for which I am indebted to him; we have a very good working relationship). The ...
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Value of Print on Demand Publishing of PhD Dissertation

Following on from my question here, I understand there are many non-traditional methods of publishing a PhD dissertation as a book. One of it is Print of Demand (POD) method. A contributor to the ...
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How do I convert my PhD dissertation so that it can be published as a book?

I have just completed a PhD by research, which I think has some merits in being available as a book (This is, of course, my personal opinion). The research cuts across several fields (e.g. sociology, ...
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Should I report an accepted PhD thesis in which the literature review is copied verbatim from sources?

While writing the literature review for my doctoral dissertation, I picked up a few recent dissertations on similar topics from the library to get some pointers on references and style. As I was ...
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Must a master's thesis fall within one's advisor's area of expertise?

When I studied my bachelor's degree, my professors often let me write papers in whatever area I wanted, even if it was an area completely outside of their expertise. Within master's programs, is this ...
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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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Are overlapping dissertations ethically acceptable?

Would it be ethical for students working on the same team to include in their Ph.D. theses results arising from joint publications, ending up in different dissertations containing almost identical ...
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Research approach for PhD thesis in Taoism: top down vs. bottom up

Originally I conceived of posting a "Roadmap for researching x" but I assume that would be too localized for this site. Background: After much dilly-dallying, I have finally zoned in to pursue ...
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Supervisor keeps “showstopping” defense with nit-picky grammar errors

My supervisor keeps on delaying and postponing my defense date, taking long periods of time between revisions (1 month of "revision" where the document is in his hands). He has done this 2 times ...
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How to skim through Phd Theses

My adviser asked me to go over some PhD theses over the weekend, and by some he meant three 200~ pages theses. Is there an effective way to skim through theses that you have figured out, as more ...
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Value Vs. Uniqueness of Research

I am a PhD student and I am often faced with several ideas to explore. Two criteria often I consider in making a choice between approaches are based on the value proposition/ addition and the ...
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How to avoid procrastination during the research phase of my PhD?

I just finished all of my coursework for my PhD program, and am entering the research phase of my degree with a topic already in mind. I've already started the research, but I'm already finding that ...
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Are there guidelines for amount and content of text in figure captions for theses?

In writing my thesis in geosciences I have a number of figures with a fair amount of text content. Is there some limit I should adhere to -- say for example max 5 lines -- before I should just write '...
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Replacing tech reports: can we put good undergrad dissertations in arxiv?

My department requires dissertations from all honours students (being England, that's basically all of them). Some of these are extremely good, even though they are written by undergraduates. My ...
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Where in a thesis should a glossary be positioned?

I want to include a glossary in my master’s thesis explaining some technical terms. My university doesn't make any specifications about the usage or position of glossaries. So I'm asking myself: Is ...
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Is publishing papers before the evaluation of thesis a good idea?

Is publishing papers before the evaluation of thesis is a good idea? Isn't there a risk of making the idea public?
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Use of first person in a PhD Thesis

Is there a non written rule to which person to use in the PhD thesis, 5 years of using "We" in the papers have brought me to the innate necessity to do it every time I describe something. Recently, ...
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Transitive copying - plagiarism?

I am writing a paper with a co-author. I need to explain some terms in the preliminaries section. I am copying the definitions from my co-authors previous paper. Afterwards, I want to include the ...
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Include background to ideas for future work in related work chapter of master thesis?

First of all I hope this question is not too trivial for this site. It does say in the FAQ: "This site is for academics of all levels". Furthermore, this question should be helpful for other novice ...
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What are the standard practices for hyphenating/spelling scientific words

I would like to know what are standard practices when words are spelled differently across the literature and/or dictionaries (when these words can be found in dictionaries). A few examples of the ...
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Where to define nomenclature in a proposal or dissertation?

I am writing my proposal and I am borrowing heavily from one of my publications. The published paper has a Nomenclature section at the very beginning (just after the abstract). What is the ...
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Is it necessary to obtain permissions for copying figures from published articles in your proposal/dissertation?

I am currently writing a proposal for my research topic and I want to copy figures from published articles into my proposal document. To put it in perspective, almost all the copied figures are to go ...
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Use “parts” in a master thesis report

I am writing a master thesis of about 80-100 pages and want to know a good way of structuring my document either using only chapters or chapters and "parts". f first wanted to post this question to ...
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How can a masters student arrange to do a thesis in collaboration with industry?

I have started a MS program in Computer Engineering. This is my first year and it is a 2 year program. I want to do a master thesis about Machine Learning (I have an artificial intelligence and ...
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Is a thesis a publication?

If I publish a Master's thesis, does that count as a "publication" (ie protect me from other people publishing my work as their own?) If I think I can get a paper out of my thesis, am I forfeiting ...
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Is use of multiple bibliographies, especially with annotations, in a thesis, accepted?

As I am reviewing sources for my thesis, I am citing my sources in an (APA style) annotated bibliography (as required). However, I am also finding some excellent points from other sources that are ...