This is a list of dos and don’ts collected from my notes to theses and dissertations and from jury recommendations and comments at student defenses. Let it serve as a checklist for your own research project. Entries marked with “KBU” indicate requirements of Karabük University. This page is updated on a bi-monthly basis, so don’t forget to bookmark it.
- All text on your research paper title page should appear in uppercase.
- Titles of novels and other publications in forms of books should be italicized and not to be enclosed in quotation marks.
- The list of keywords below the abstract should appear in alphabetical order.
- Your abstract should be one paragraph long.
- If you’re defending your research paper for your Master’s degree, refer to it as your “thesis”. If you’re defending it for your doctoral degree, refer to it as your “dissertation”.
- Never use “I”, “me”, “my” and “mine” in research.
- The order of the literary texts in your title should match the order of their discussion in your chapters.