Thesis sources – 3 practical tips for not going crazy!

You have recently abandoned the classic phrase of the university student – “Tomorrow I have the exam!” – and you have officially entered the fantastic world of the thesis.

In a few years you will surely be nostalgic for these years … but now you can’t think of anything but your graduation grade.

Don’t waste time and get to work immediately! Today’s keyword: Thesis sources!

Don’t panic: the Sources can be your friends!

When they were little they used to say to you: “Read that is good for you!” And they recommended you an endless list for the Christmas holidays … you couldn’t see the time to grow up so you could rebel!

Now that you have grown up and you could freely choose what to read … you find yourself (reluctantly!) Consulting bricks in a foreign language that your tyrannical rapporteur does is advise you to increase the bibliography!

Without you noticing it, history repeats itself! But now you also have another need: how to correctly manage all this information so as not to go crazy?

Here are 3 practical tips for you!

  1. Transform yourself into a man-notebook: write down everything you consult!

If you decide to ignore the advice of those who have already been there … know that you will regret it!

So as not to find yourself with the quotations included in the thesis without having the faintest idea of ​​where they come from … you will realize that pinning each time the title of the book from which you take them is not such an absurd idea!

  1. Be smart: use the bibliographic references of your every source!

Like a little Sherlock Holmes (or, if you feel more at ease, like a mini Detective Conan!) Browse the volume you have in your hands up to the bibliography. Here you will surely find useful ideas with zero search time!

In this way you will increase your sources exponentially and you will have a wide choice of material to consult!

  1. Remember what your goal is: don’t lose your way!

If you have obtained useful sources by following advice # 2, do not waste time earned in the most trivial way.

Keep your curiosity in check and don’t give in to the temptation to read your sources in full! Now it’s time to extrapolate only what interests you!

Thesis sources: why mention them in your paper?

If you are asking yourself … here is the answer you were looking for! For a lot of reasons:

Give credit to what you write

Provide the reader with the opportunity to learn more about the topic by going to read the original text from which you took your information

  • Being able to compare ideas and opinions of different authors thus enriching your thesis
  • Document the extent and nature of your research
  • Strengthen the arguments set out in your thesis
  • But above all … do not commit plagiarism!

You are the author of your thesis. So do not appropriate ideas of others by passing them on to yours: always leave a trace of the authors who helped you formulate your thoughts.

Read this article to learn more about it and understand where the famous “copy-paste” method begins and ends: Copy-paste in your degree thesis? Risks and defects

Do we have complications?

For the series “If something is not difficult, we do not like it!” Can happen – and since you are particularly lucky, you are sure that this option will happen to YOU ​​ONLY! – of having to cite secondary thesis sources. What does it mean? Don’t worry: to understand what it is, take a look at our article:

The 3 slips not to do in the citation of the sources

Finally, to avoid messing up the sources correctly in the bibliography, read here:

  • Bibliography thesis: how to write it (and some examples)
  • Good day! And that the dissertation sources are with you!