Many of us would benefit from frank conversations with other scholars about improper borrowing, otherwise known as plagiarism, but the topic is so hot that most professors avoid discussing it, except in warnings to their undergraduates.
If you cite your sources in your thesis or dissertation (or class paper) using the author-date system, you will signal each source in the text in parentheses. . . .
If you cite your sources in your thesis or dissertation (or class paper) using numbered notes, you may have the option of using endnotes rather than footnotes. . . .
If you cite your sources in your thesis or dissertation (or class paper) using numbered notes, you will probably also need to include a bibliography. A bibliography is an alphabetical list (by author) of all the sources cited in the notes. . . .
Okay, so you’re an editor or proofreader who knows Chicago style, but now you need to follow AP. Or you’re a student, and you need MLA for one project and Chicago (or Turabian) for the next—and APA after that. . . .
Many theses and dissertations (and some longer class papers) use photographs, drawings, charts, and other figures in the body of the paper to present data or to augment the text. . . .
Most theses and dissertations (and some longer class papers) are divided into two or more numbered chapters. Most chapters carry descriptive titles in addition to the number. Here’s how to format the opening page of a chapter for a Chicago-style paper . . .
Long chapters in theses, dissertations, and long class papers may be divided into sections, which in turn may be divided into subsections, and so on. Each section may have its own title, also called a subheading or subhead. . . .
Here’s how to format the main text of a Chicago-style paper following the guidelines in Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Choose a single, readable, and widely available font. . . .
Many theses and dissertations (and some long class papers) begin with a section that previews the entire paper and is so distinct that the writer separates it from the rest of the paper. Such papers may also end with a conclusion that is long enough to treat as a separate element. . . .