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STYLE GUIDE FOR THESES AND DISSERTATION: ENGINEERING AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT

CONTENTS:

- Structure and Form of Theses

- Headings and Numbering

- Style and Punctuation

- Extra Linguistic Material

- Production of the Thesis

- Editing and Revising

- Laws and Regulation

THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES ARE INCLUDED:

- Title Page

- Contents Pages

- List of Figures

- List of Symbols

- Page Layout

Literature Reviews

Zotero

The library offers hands-on classes on Zotero. It is a free, open-source, and easy-to-use citation and bibliography management program that lets you capture reference data from online journals, web pages, online catalogue searches, and many other sources. It allows you to cite while you write and export bibliographies in many citation formats. It functions primarily as an add-on for the Firefox Internet browser, and you can add plugins to access your references from MS Word or Open Office.

Upcoming workshops for Zotero will be announced.

Department of Higher Education and Training Accredited Publications

Accredited Journals: To receive a subsidy and recognition for research output, you should select a journal which is commissioned from one of the lists below by the Department of Higher Education and Training. The  Accredited Journals is a collection of journals indexed in Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, Arts and Humanities Citation Index); the International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS), the list of South African published journals, SciELO SA, Scopus and the Norwegian list (Level 2) of accredited journals. The following list contains the titles of each of the above accredited lists for 2017.

For your convenience we include a SEARCH ENGINE FOR ACCREDITED JOURNALS where ALL the accredited journal lists can be searched simultaneously. ~ (Courtesy of Corrie Breitenbach and Elize van Eldik, North-West University Library)

Harvard Reference Style Guide

Cite them right.

Section A provides an overview of what referencing is and how to avoid plagiarism.

Sections B and C introduce the conventions for citing information sources in your writing and in the reference list or bibliography that you are expected to provide at the end of each piece of work.

Section D is a comprehensive list of sources of information with examples of how to cite these in the text of your work and in a reference list or bibliography. You are not expected to read Cite them right from cover to cover. Use the contents and index pages to identify where in the book you will find advice on referencing each type of source.

Most of the examples in Cite them right are given in an author-date referencing style commonly known as Harvard style.

Why Should you Cite your Sources?

Giving credit to the original author by citing sources is the only way to use other people's work without plagiarizing. But there are a number of other reasons to cite sources:

  1. citations are extremely helpful to anyone who wants to find out more about your ideas and where they came from.
  2. not all sources are good or right -- your own ideas may often be more accurate or interesting than those of your sources. Proper citation will keep you from taking the rap for someone else's bad ideas.
  3. citing sources shows the amount of research you've done.
  4. citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

From Plagiarismdotorg

For Interest: Books on Writing and Presenting your Research

FIND MORE BOOKS ON WRITING AND PRESENTING YOUR RESEARCH IN THE EWITS CATALOGUE.

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Electronic Books

Submitting your Thesis

The General Rules of the University requires every post-graduate student to submit two final, corrected copies of the dissertation or research report or thesis in a printed format as well as a final, corrected copy in electronic format.

For more information, go to the library's Electronic Theses and Dissertations webpage.

Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles' cited references, JCR Web helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. Available in Science and Social Sciences editions.