Aristotle was the first philosopher to define the term thesis. The purpose of the dissertation is thus to outline the proofs of why the author disagrees with other philosophers or the general opinion. Structure[ edit ] A thesis or dissertation may be arranged as a thesis by publication or a monographwith or without appended papers, respectively, though many graduate programs allow candidates to submit a curated collection of published papers. An ordinary monograph has a title pagean abstracta table of contentscomprising the various chapters e.
While The Chicago Manual of Style focuses on providing guidelines for publishing, Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is intended for the creation and submission of academic works; where the two works differ "in small ways," Turabian's manual is designed to "better suit the requirements of academic papers as opposed to published works.
Research and Writing[ edit ] Part 1 of the manual approaches the process of research and writing. This includes providing "practical advice" to formulate "the right questions, read critically, and build arguments" as well as helping authors draft and revise a paper.
Style[ edit ] Part 3 of the manual "addresses matters of spelling, punctuation, abbreviation, and treatment of numbers, names, special terms, and titles of works. Paper Format and Submission[ edit ] The appendix provides specific requirements on the formatting of research papers as well as theses and dissertations.
General formatting requirements include recommendations on paper and margin sizes, options as to the choice of typeface, the spacing and indentation of text, pagination, and the use of titles. Formatting requirements for specific elements include the ordering and formatting of content in the front matter, main matter textand back matter of a work.
The appendix also includes a description on preparing and submitting files, both electronically and as hard copies. On the formatting and style, however, the manual notes that it "may be supplemented—or even overruled—by the conventions of specific disciplines or the preferences of particular institutions, departments or instructors.
Turabian's A Manual for Writers Edition.A thesis or dissertation is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings.
In some contexts, the word "thesis" or a cognate is used for part of a bachelor's or master's course, while "dissertation" is normally applied to a doctorate, while in other contexts, the reverse is true.
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