CHAPTER 7

Writing and Defending a Ph.D. Thesis

In previous chapters, we discussed how to conduct effective research and publish research papers. We have discussed how to find good ideas for a thesis in Section 3.5, and how to set up a thesis plan early in Section 3.7. In this chapter, we put all these ideas together and give an overview of one of the most important functions of Ph.D. study: to successfully write and defend a Ph.D. thesis. You will find that writing a thesis is quite similar to writing a research paper (see Chapters 5 and 6), but many important differences also exist.

7.1   THESIS AND DISSERTATION

A Ph.D. thesis or dissertation is the most important piece of work in your early career. It is a logically organized document that ...

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