dissertation or thesis
We’re happy to present several data visualizations to give an overall sense of the OATD.org collection by county of publication, language, and field of study.
You may also want to consult these sites to search for other theses:
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A thesis is the documentation of your original research or scholarship that serves as partial completion of graduation requirements for a master’s degree.
A dissertation is the documentation of your original research or scholarship that serves as partial completion of graduation requirements for a doctoral degree.
Below are general dissertation and thesis templates available for student use. These templates are for general use, but the department may have specific requirements. The student must check with their department about discipline specific formatting. The Regulations and Guidelines linked at the top of the page must be followed in conjunction with the templates below or the discipline specific requirements. The purple text boxes can be deleted within the Dissertation and Thesis Template documents.
Attend our Dissertation and Thesis Virtual Hours where you can interact with staff from the Graduate School and University Libraries. The schedule can be found on the News and Events website. A summary of frequently asked questions can be found below. This document will be updated continuously as new items are addressed during office hours:
The slides from the July 8th Summer 2020 webinar can be found here. They provide an overview of the dissertation/thesis submission process and formatting guidelines. Please refer to the full formatting manual for detailed information.
JDP students with CSUSM should use this signature page link.
An Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) is the same as its paper counterpart in content and organization and meets the formatting requirements described in the Format Manual for Theses and Dissertations.
Electronic submission indicates that rather than printing your document and submitting paper copies to the Graduate School, you submit your final document as a PDF file. No paper copies are accepted by the Graduate School or the UAB libraries. Committee members may still, if they choose, require a paper copy for their part of the review process.
Before you begin the final stages of writing your dissertation or thesis, you may want to see some examples of completed works. Information on where to locate dissertations and theses from your school at Rutgers is below. Additional information about Rutgers dissertations can be found on the separate Research Guide for Rutgers Dissertations and Theses. A more general Guide for Dissertations and Theses is also available.
To use QuickSearch to look for a Rutgers dissertation or thesis:
The masters thesis and doctoral dissertation are written documents that describe the graduate student’s research. The subject of the thesis/dissertation is chosen by mutual agreement between the student and major adviser, and must be approved by the student’s Supervisory Committee. There is no fixed length for the thesis/dissertation, although the Supervisory Committee should provide guidance on format and content.
Masters theses should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Doctoral dissertations should demonstrate technical mastery of the student’s field and advance or modify current knowledge. Dissertations should treat new material, find new results, or draw new conclusions; or it should interpret old material in a new light. It is expected that the research contained in the thesis/dissertation will be worthy of publication in appropriate peer-reviewed journals. Students are expected to prepare the manuscript(s) for publication prior to, or soon after, completion of their graduate program.
“Key Parts of Your Proposal” [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)
“The Role and Purpose of a Literature Review” [slides] (University of Saskatchewan)
The Thesis and Dissertation Office assists graduate students in the formatting, editing, and depositing of their theses. Our staff will consult with you to ensure that your thesis is ready for defense.
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