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It has been useful to know these as it seems biologists and latex don't mix!I strongly recommend sitting down with the adviser and making up a timetable for writing it: a list of dates for when you will give the first and second drafts of each chapter to your adviser(s).
Further, scientific ethics require you to keep lab books and original data for at least ten years, and a copy is more likely to be found if two copies exist.
The only arguments I have ever heard for avoiding the active voice in a thesis are (i) many theses are written in the passive voice, and (ii) some very polite people find the use of "I" immodest.
Use the first person singular, not plural, when reporting work that you did yourself: the editorial 'we' may suggest that you had help beyond that listed in your acknowledgments, or it may suggest that you are trying to share any blame.
You should be careful not to use this presentation too much: your thesis must be a connected, convincing argument, not just a list of facts and observations.
The person who drew the schematic diagram thought about what components ought to be depicted and the way in which the components of the system interacted with each other.
"Objects of very different albedo may be illuminated differently soas to produce similar reflected spectra" is longer and uses less common words, but, compared to the former example, it has the advantage of being true.
(A physicist whodid not know all of those words would probably be glad to remedy the lacuna either fromthe context or by consulting a dictionary.)Sometimes it is easier to present information and arguments as a series of numbered points, rather than as one or more long and awkward paragraphs.
(Pascal: "I would have written a shorter letter but I didn't have the time".) The important point is what you are saying, not putting a very large number of words on paper.
Good referencing also tells the reader which parts of the thesis are descriptions of previous knowledge and which parts are your additions to that knowledge.
In the digital version of your thesis, do not save ordinary photographs or other illustrations as bitmaps, because these take up a lot of memory and are therefore very slow to transfer.
you have to say to theexaminer1/ here is some valid researchAS WELL AS2/ here is the fact that i have learned how to do some researchto a large extent, chapters 1,2,3, and 7 do this....
Good referencing allows us to check the foundations of your additions to the structure of knowledge in the discipline, or at least to trace them back to a level which we judge to be reliable.
In general, students spend too much time on diagrams – time that could have been spent on examining the arguments, making the explanations clearer, thinking more about the significance and checking for errors in the algebra.
cosmologists, genetics, aerospace are learning the value of our approach) there is a downside, in that often, a PhD takes a year to get to see what is worth building - this is why it is often wirth doing a PhDin a larger research project context (just as physicists go and usethe accelerator at CERN.....:-) >It would be nice if we could turn these rough notes into >a good collection of advice, so if you've got any contributions >(questions students would like answered or advice from staff >who have examined PhDs) then please email me and I'll add them to >the Web page.
The only exceptions are cases where every researcher in the field already knows it: dynamics equations need not be followed by a citation of Newton, circuit analysis does not need a reference to Kirchoff.