Guide to Thesis Writing

Guide to Thesis Writing (from 2021): 

The leaflet entitled “Guide to Thesis Writing” supplements the regulations regarding thesis writing and summarizes the most important formal requirements, the ways of citing literature, and the compilation of the bibliography of the TDK thesis requirements:

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How many pages should a thesis be? 

There are currently no specific rules on the length of theses. In general, the shortest theses at our university are 31-33 pages long, the average thesis is 35-45 pages long, but there are also some 50-80 page theses. This refers to numbered pages, so it does not include e.g. the HuVeta or the thesis statement, but it does include the title page, the contents, acknowledgements (if any), a list of abbreviations (if any), the main text and the bibliography.

In many cases, the topic will determine the optimum length and the topic leader can help you to ensure that everything the topic requires has been covered.

Is there a limit to the length of a citation?
One or two sentences, short paragraphs (3-5 lines) are usually taken. Then follow with your own thoughts (at least a few sentences), followed by a new quote if necessary.

How many times is it possible to quote in the thesis?
It is possible to cite as many times as you like (appr. 20-50), but it is important to do so mainly at the beginning of the thesis, during the literature review.

If an author cites someone, should I cite the original author or the one I found the citation?
If there is a citation in the literature you have read, you should look for the original (at least online). The original material should be cited, not the citation.