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Is it unnecessary to write “Please refer to xx paper for detail” after talking about framework presented in this paper?

I wrote a paragraph about a framework from a paper xx. Is it still necessary to mention "Please refer to xx paper for detail" at the end of this paragraph? It is a thesis.
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What pronoun should theses use? [duplicate]

It is generally courtesy to use the plural 'we' or 'our' in papers, even when the primary author was the only contributor. While using personal pronouns in academic papers is typically a very bad idea,...
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How do I phrase (in my thesis) that results in an important study are wrong?

The title probably comes off wrong, I tried to keep it short. I do not necessarily want to make an absolute statement like "that is wrong". But I do need to address the problems I am facing with a ...
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How to phrase omissions correctly in a thesis?

This might be a strange question, but I am currently thinking about a good phrase to use if I want to emphasize that the theoretical omissions I am making are not caused by neglect, laziness, or ...
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Inline referencing chapters, sections, subsections, etc [duplicate]

I am currently in the process of writing my Master's thesis using the LaTeX class supplied by my university. This class uses a document structure similar to report: Starting with chapters, then ...
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Writing a thesis: how to organize the content?

I have to start writing a thesis for my master's degree. The thesis itself is about machine learning. In particular, I developed an environment that simulate a real world robotic system and applied ...
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Reviewer of PhD thesis doesn't allow me to write in the first person singular

In my PhD thesis, I often used the first person singular during the description of the problem and the discussion of the results. One comment from the reviewer states that because I did not use the ...
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Should I always force the use of active voice in my dissertation?

I decided to use first person ("we") and active voice as the primary style of writing my dissertation in the domain of Computer Science. I have read some discussions about this topic and the people ...
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How to properly address an unsolved problem that is very hard to solve in mathematical thesis?

I'm preparing my thesis presentation and I'm trying to address a situation in which the general case has no known solution and is an open, very hard to solve, problem. It involves non-isolated ...
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When to use “I” in a master's thesis

A similar question exists here however I don't feel that answers my specific question. Other questions on this topic seem to explain why "we" is primarily used in academic writing, which I understand. ...
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How to quote in the title of a thesis in APA style?

I am writing my bachelor thesis (in psychology) and I am planning to use a quote from the series Game of Thrones as my title. More specifically, my title is: ‘The lone wolf dies but the pack ...
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What tense to use when writing a thesis?

I am well aware of the fact that there are a number of questions that talk about tenses in research, but I still have not found exactly what I am after. Basically my question is this, in a Master ...
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Are there style guides for lists of figures / list of tables? [closed]

I am currently writing my thesis and I will add a list of figures and a list of tables. Are there any style guides how to / not to write the text shown for each entry in those lists? (e.g. I could ...
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Dimensionless axis plots

How to properly label graphs that can be dimensionless? One of reviewers of my document strongly emphasised on labelling plots with which I generally strongly agree. On this occasion, however, I was ...
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Is it ok to talk about next chapters in a chapter's introduction?

Context: I am writing a thesis that is divided in a few parts (e.g. "Context and motivations", "Literature review", "Experiments", etc.). Each part starts with a 100-200 words-long introduction (or ...
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Is it recommended to have a free-standing background chapter to avoid cluttering the main text with different topics?

Some general recommendations on master theses are: a master thesis should be readable without looking up external references a master thesis should present the topic in a way a someone with a ...
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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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Name of section dedicated for explaining subjects that are not 100% related to main subject of thesis

I am not sure this is the place to ask this question. I am writing my master thesis and I have sections in preliminaries that don't have anything to do with the main topic of thesis but they further ...
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Placement of illustration: before/after text?

I've been reading conflicting advice on SE about the placement of an illustration (figure, table, algorithm). My questions are thus (refer to Section 3.3.1 in the attached figure): I understand that,...
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Text between a Topic and Subtopic in a Thesis

I wonder, which one of these structurings is to prefer for a thesis. To write text between a topic and subtopic, e.g. A. Main Topic Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. ...
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Explaining inconsistencies in literature in thesis and/or supporting information of journal article

I've found a model which explains my results excellently. However, the actual equation and parameters of the model have been interpreted and treated differently by different authors, sometimes leading ...
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Are the words “I, we, us, his, her, he, she” all prohibited in thesis writing? [duplicate]

I am writing my masters thesis. My instructor told me not to use "I, we, us, his, her, he, she" in the thesis anywhere. Are all these words prohibited in thesis writing? I am writing my thesis ...
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Is it possible to write the abstract in more than 2 languages [closed]

I am almost at the end of writing my Ph.D. thesis. I study in Germany, the language of the work is English and my mother tongue is Turkish. The doctoral study was a result of an international project, ...
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Abbreviation usage in PhD Thesis

What is the best way of using abbreviations? Can I use them frequently or rarely? For example, I use "Expectation Maximization" 4 times in first 3 sections, but I have to use it 10 times in section ...
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Citation and reference to a figure: which comes first?

This may be a bit of hair-splitting, but maybe there is a proper way to do this: In my thesis I present an external application. I want to give a literature reference to the application and a ...
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Discussing Related Work: Use of the phrase 'the authors'

I just got feedback on my thesis. When discussing related work, I tend to often use the phrase the authors do this and that. For instance: In [1] a system is described which approaches problem x ...
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Abstract, Preamble, Acknowledgements and Introduction all in Thesis, how to order them?

This might be a bit of a complex situation (to explain), so bear with me: For my Bachelor degree, I am currently carrying out a nature management project. A nature management project normally ...
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Why include a table of figures?

Many postgraduate theses include as part of their front matter a List of Figures and a List of Tables, plus lists of various other special environments. Many institutions, including my own, directly ...
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What are the best sites or free software for rephrasing sentences? [closed]

While writing my thesis, I'm looking for some sites or free software that can help in rephrasing some sentences used in scientific papers. Any recommendation? And is it effective to use such sites to ...
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Writing a thesis acknowledgement: should I address the person as “you” or use 3rd person?

I'm writing an acknowledgment for my thesis. I looked at several written acknowledgments and realized that the people who are acknowledged are addressed by "you" rather than "He/She". For example, "...
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Is it okay to begin a chapter without an “introduction section”?

I'm writing my phd thesis. In some chapters I simply begin the chapter with one or maybe two (at most) paragraphs that mostly gives the outline, and then I begin the sectioning. That is, this ...
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Masters Thesis: Self-containment

So I am currently writing my thesis in nanophysics (in particular, applications of nanomagnetism). My adviser and I had a few discussions about the inclusiveness (i.e., self-containment) of the ...
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Layout for a thesis chapter describing an undergraduate course

I am writing a chapter in my degree thesis which describes a new undergraduate course I designed. I want to be as specific as possible with this course, like outlining what topic should be covered in ...
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Can one or two emoticons be used in a PhD Thesis?

I have a very dumb :-) question: Are emoticons (if rarely placed - one or two times) in a PhD thesis considered unorthodox? I have an introduction where I give an apt example and appended some small ...
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Can section numbering depth exceed table of content depth in thesis?

I’m writing up my thesis and use two levels of structure in my table of contents, which looks something like this: Table of contents Introduction 1.1 Subsection intro Methods 2....
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Pros and cons of paragraph-based writing

The ancient masters, such as Euler, wrote in a paragraph-based style, where each paragraph was numbered and tried to explain one concept in about paragraph-length. Nowadays, papers seem more ...
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When do I use a footnote in a thesis and when do I use parenthesis for extra information?

I have one question for my masters thesis. If I have A, which is also known as B or C, can I write: A (also known as B or C) (or similar) or can I use a foonote like this: A¹ ¹ Also ...
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Is it bad style to use time-related adverbs (like “recently”) in academic writing?

I was going through my supervisors corrections and comments on a particular section of my thesis and I realised that he consistently removed words like "recently" when referring to literature, i.e. ...
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Dullness vs. going overboard: Should I be calling people 'enfants terribles' in an academic paper?

I'm just about to finish my master's in law with only my dissertation left to handle. I'm being extremely cautious with the language that I'm using when writing as I've previously been told that my ...
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PhD thesis - Names of appendices

I'm writing my PhD thesis (math) and struggling to find titles for the appendices. The thesis has three main chapters and for each one there is an appendix that contains some proofs that did not ...
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Humorous or famous dictum as motto for a scientific text - is it appropriate? [duplicate]

Every once in a while I stumble upon a scientific book or article with a «motto», that is, a brief aphorism or short humorous stanza at the beginning, usually separated by its layout from the body of ...
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Is it ok to use “and/or” in my dissertation?

I'm elaborating a small scorecard for a comparison between two technologies, I was wondering if it would be formally acceptable to use "and/or" in my bullet points, e.g., "Not automated and/or ...
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Thesis writing style: when to italicize?

In a thesis or journal you write all sentences yourself, but on some occasions you prefer to take a piece of text from another source. If you do, should you use quotation marks only, or italicize it, ...
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How to deal with different stylistic advice from two professors/institutions

I'll start by sketching my situation. I first studied a couple of years at institution A where we were taught a couple of things concerning academic writing. (E.g. don't use passives, distance ...
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How to quote a non-English quotation in dissertation?

I am writing my math PhD in Berlin (Germany) in the English language. I would like to cite a German quotation from a famous mathematician as a start of my first chapter. Should I quote it in the ...
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How should I include a list of links in my thesis?

In my thesis, I would like to refer to a set of links. These are tools/calculators/etc. related to my subject, included to show that there is an interest in society at large in this topic. I'm ...
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Should the captions in a figure list include their references?

The "list of figures" page in my Masters thesis lists many figure captions. Some of these figure captions have references. Should I remove or keep the reference in the list of figures? Definitely the ...
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What to name a section at the end of thesis containing original material for future development?

I have written my master thesis. The last chapter is "Summary and Conclusions". After this chapter which ends the thesis, I want to add a specific note of my own. It is a new idea which needs lengthy ...
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How to thank a teacher in a thesis?

Given that a student wants to thank you her teacher for her assistance to her project thesis, is it polite if she writes any of this at the end of her thesis: Thanks to your assistance, my project ...
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When shall one write a mathematical expression as a separate line in a paper/Ph.D. thesis? [duplicate]

When do we write a mathematical expression on a separate line, and when do we write it inline with the text? I believe that the answer is the same for researching papers and Ph.D. theses, or maybe ...