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Thread: Corrections - Wonky References?

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04-Apr-19, 13:49
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Thanks so much for your messages, I really appreciate it! I think it's difficult to realise that they want to pass me- it seems like they just can't be bothered with me at the moment! I emailed my supervisor for advice, and he is also ignoring me so I think it's just been the double-whammy that's getting to me. I appreciate that my examiner being on research leave means they're on a different time scale than when they're teaching but this just seems really thoughtless when there's a student trying to submit and finish- it's been almost three weeks of zero reply.

If I havent heard by Saturday I'm just going to forge ahead and email them a corrected version, with the reference replaced. Fingers crossed!

Thread: Corrections - Wonky References?

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04-Apr-19, 09:01
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Thanks again for your responses- that's my plan, to just replace it with a similar reference that I *can* substantiate. I'm just waiting for them to tell me that this is an acceptable form of correction, as I'm loathe to do anything without their say so.

Hopefully they'll get back to me sooner rather than later--and hopefully won't tell me that I've missed a deadline because it's taken them weeks to respond to me :')

Thread: Corrections - Wonky References?

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02-Apr-19, 14:00
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Thanks for your feedback guys- overthinking it is exactly what I'm doing I think! The issue is that I can't find the reference I've misplaced-- I think the document must no longer be online because I've looked very thoroughly!

I have to admit, the timescale is worrying me more: I'm officially over my three-month deadline for these corrections and I can't find any university guidance on the issue. Do you only get one shot at corrections? I've been kept really abysmally informed of the whole process.

Thread: Corrections - Wonky References?

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22-Mar-19, 15:44
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posted about 5 months ago
Hi all,

Essentially I passed my viva with minor corrections in December 2018- it all went well, and I was given three months to work on my corrections. One of my corrections, highlighted by my external- an expert in my field- was that I'd used a reference from a book that never made it to publication (I'd found the PDF of a single proof chapter about six pages deep on Google) and it needed to be referenced as such.

Unfortunately when I was doing my corrections, I found that I could no longer find the PDF- I did have a copy saved, but I had my laptop stolen on the train a few months ago so lost my copy. Because I couldn't find the reference, I omitted it from my thesis as it was only a small supporting point, however when I sent my corrected thesis off to my internal, they've said that "if I had a point from [reference], I can't just omit the reference, I have to acknowledge it". I've emailed them back saying that I've erased all references to the document from my thesis and that the hypotheses surrounding the reference are my own (because they are), however I'm worried: can they accuse me of just stealing ideas from this chapter as I can't provide a copy of it any more? Will they doubt it ever existed? Can they deny me my PhD because of this one bit of prior wonky referencing I've since omitted?

It's quite stressful as they're on research leave at the moment and are only checking their emails once a week, which is pushing me into a timeframe I'm not comfortable with- I handed in my corrections on my three month deadline, and now I've got further corrections; so does that make it officially late?

Any insights would be appreciated- I'm currently sitting in the bath eating haribo, deeply paranoid and paralyzed with fear that I've wasted five years of my life.
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