The Thesis/Dissertation Defense
Stage 6- Revising the Research Paper
Your thesis will also be used as a scientific report and consulted by future workers in your laboratory who will want to know, in detail, what you did.
Don't make the same mistakes I did
Citations. is definitely worth using to manage yourbibliographic database. Then I recommend formatting your citations with(accompanied by to format theactual bibliography). The package ordinarily producesreader-friendly citations such as
Computers are getting exponentially faster (Moore, 1965). However, Biddle (1971) showed ...and is blessedly to handle more complex forms that you'll probably needsomewhere in your thesis:
Bandura's (1977) theory ...(It can also switch to numerical citations like  if you really want.)
... (e.g., Butcher, 1954; Baker, 1955; Candlestick-Maker, 1957, and others).
The work of Minor (2001, pp. 50-75; but see also Adams, 1999; Storandt, 1997) ...
According to Manning and Schütze, 1999 (henceforth M&S), ...
How should it be written?Your thesis is a research report.
Commitments keep the reader anchored. As noted earlier, your dissertation should discuss alternative solutions that you rejected or are leaving to future work. That's scholarship. But make it clear from the start what you actually did and didn't do. Don't have section 2.3 chatter on about everything one do -- that reads like a proposal, not a thesis! -- while waiting till section 4.5 or even 2.5 to reveal what you actually did.
The readers of a thesis do not know what the "answer" is.
For example, consider pseudocode. Some readers prefer code toprose, and it's concise. So you may want to give pseudocode early inthe section, before you ramble on about why it works. An alternativeis to intersperse fragments of pseudocode with your prose explanation,asin . Of course, the pseudocode itself should also includesome brief comments; where necessary these can just point to the text,as in "implements equation (5)" or "see section 3.2."