How To Write Your First Thesis

  • Paul Gruba
  • Justin Zobel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Paul Gruba, Justin Zobel
    Pages 1-12
  3. Paul Gruba, Justin Zobel
    Pages 13-24
  4. Paul Gruba, Justin Zobel
    Pages 25-35
  5. Paul Gruba, Justin Zobel
    Pages 37-41
  6. Paul Gruba, Justin Zobel
    Pages 43-51
  7. Paul Gruba, Justin Zobel
    Pages 53-58
  8. Paul Gruba, Justin Zobel
    Pages 59-70
  9. Paul Gruba, Justin Zobel
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  10. Paul Gruba, Justin Zobel
    Pages 79-90
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 91-95

About this book


Many courses and degrees require that students write a short thesis. This book guides students through their first experience of producing a thesis and undertaking original research. Written by experienced researchers and advisors, the book sets out signposts and tasks to help students to understand what is needed to succeed, including scoping a topic, managing references, interpreting data, and successful completion.

For students, the task of writing a thesis is a transition from structured coursework to becoming a researcher. The book provides advice on:

  • What to expect from research and how to work with a supervisor
  • Getting organized and approaching the work in a productive way
  • Developing an overall thesis structure and avoidance of mistakes such as inadvertent plagiarism
  • Producing each major component: a strong introduction, background chapters that are situated in the discipline, and an explanation of methods and results that are crucial to successful original research
  • How to wrap up a complex project with an extended checklist of the many details needed to be checked before a final submission

Producing and managing a thesis for the first time can be a daunting task, and this reader-friendly guidebook provides a framework for students to do their best.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Gruba
    • 1
  • Justin Zobel
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Languages & LinguisticsUniversity of Melbourne SLL, Babel Bldg 608MelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Computing & Information SystemsUniversity of Melbourne Comp. Science & Software Engg.Carlton, VICAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-61853-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-61854-8
  • Buy this book on publisher's site