What are headings and why are they important?

Definition of heading A heading is a short phrase describing what the succeeding section is all about. You can think of it as the title of that particular section. Short documents usually do not require the use of headings. For theses and other complex readings, however, headings are important because they help readers identify the

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Why use styles in Microsoft Word?

Writing your thesis is taxing as it is; and formatting your thesis to make it look neat and consistent is an essential, but often tedious (and sometimes, confusing) part of the thesis-writing process. Good thing Microsoft Word has Styles—a feature that makes formatting much quicker and less complicated. But what exactly is a style? It

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Building a Productive Relationship with your Supervisor

Completing a PhD thesis is, in many respects, a solo endeavour; nevertheless, the PhD is a guided academic journey and your guide—the thesis supervisor or supervisors—plays a vital role in that voyage. Whether you are in the process of approaching potential academic supervisors, have recently started your project with a new supervisor or have a

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Knowledge Gaps and What to Do with Them

Novice researches are commonly confronted by gaps in their knowledge. Knowing how to locate, define and address these gaps efficiently can significantly streamline your research and learning process. Click here to download a copy of this article  Identifying the Gap Have you ever started writing an assignment only to discover you have a gap in

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Best tools and tips for collecting thesis data online

Since theses are usually built on original research conducted by the PhD candidate, many researchers need to collect a large amount of data—both qualitative and quantitative—to meet the requirements of their doctoral studies. With the ability to connect to thousands—even, potentially, millions—of people via the Internet, in some ways there has never been a better

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Why PhD students should be blogging

I can hear the protests from here. ‘But I’m so busy! I can’t possibly maintain a blog! I want to get away from my thesis, not dwell on it in my down time!’ And they are all fair objections. Click here to download our quick guide to starting your own blog Writing a thesis is

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Places to work on your thesis in Brighton

Brighton is renowned throughout the UK as a student magnet. With two universities and a music academy, there is a large population of students, many of whom stay on after their degrees because living there is so appealing. It’s a party town and a haven for alternative lifestyles of all stripes. Where else can you

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5 Things to Know About IEEE Referencing

If you are studying engineering, it is likely that you will need to know how to use IEEE referencing. We want to help by pointing out the top 5 errors people make when using IEEE referencing, to help you avoid those same problems. Click here to download the Editex IEEE Referencing Guide. In IEEE, citations

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