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I just passed my PhD! I have minor corrections to do, but officially I have passed. Now my question is, when can I start using the term 'Doctor' or including PhD in my testamurs? I'm applying for jobs at the moment, and on my CV and applications and stuff I've been putting PhD (in progress). Now I just want to let everyone know I've passed.
By the way, don't hate me, but in Australia (at least at my university) there is no viva. The thesis stands alone on it's own merits. I guess that could be good or bad depending on your point of view, but I must admit I was quite glad not to have to go through it.
I've found Endnote unnecessary as Word 2007 includes a more than adequate referencing system. It works fine, so I don't see the point in using two programs when one will do the job. There are a couple of little foibles though, like if I have two authors with the same last name, it will include an initial for one of them in the in-text referencing, which I don't want. However, this is easily overcome by converting the reference to static text and removing the unwanted letter.
I don't know about engineering equations but I've used Word for my thesis and it seems OK. I didn't want to have to learn a new program.
You mention having a co-supervisor. Can you go to them and explain the situation? Perhaps they can act as a mediator between you and your supervisor and help to get things sorted out.
However, it sounds like it might be time to get a new supervisor. If he is passing off your work as his own, as you say, then you need to do something about that. It is your intellectual property and you deserve to have your name attached to it. If you can't get help from your co-supervisor, then go to student services or your head of school. These issues need to be addressed now.
Misspacey, I don't need to advise my word count to anyone, so I haven't really been worried about how many words are in my table of contents. Just as well, becuase it goes over four pages! As long as I am under 100,000 words I'm OK, and I'm up to about 90,000 now with contents and references included.
I'm working on formatting my thesis and putting it all together. I've just been wrestling with my table of contents, and I have included a table of figures. But I also have a number of tables in my thesis as well. How do I list those? A Table of Tables sounds stupid. Any ideas?
I think it really depends on what the chapter is about and how it is structured. I'm in the humanities (education) and am working on an 80,000 word thesis. I also have a chapter which is about 30,000 words, but (in my opinion!) it is well-structured, and broken up into lots of smaller chunks so it is is easy to follow. The chapter presents the results of four separate case studies, so theoretically I could split it into four, but I think it works fine as it is. They are all results so they all belong in the results chapter.
What does your supervisor think?
I've been doing my PhD by distance and it hasn't been a problem, although it wouldn't be for everybody. I live about an 8 hour drive away from my uni (that's each way!) and I've only been there twice in two years. My supervisors and I sometimes Skype, sometimes teleconference, and exchange emails regularly. The library is not an issue, as they are well-equipped for dealing with distance students and will post books out. And of course, many journal articles are available online. They also offer regular online tutorials for various research skills. I have also forged links with my local university and have been able to do some teaching there, so I am gaining that experience as well. If you are considering working this way, you must be self-motivated and able to work independently even when there is no one looking over your shoulder making sure you are working. But if you can do that, it is perfectly do-able.
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