Theses/ Dissertations

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Non-Bilkent Theses databases
The aim of the [Australasian Digital Theses] ADT program is to establish a distributed database of digital versions of theses produced by the postgraduate research students at Australian universities. The theses will be available worldwide via the web. The ideal behind the program is to provide access to, and promote Australian research to the international community. Cyberthèses is a thesis electronic archive and diffusion program, which has french-speaking origins. Initiated by the University of Montreal Press's and University Lumière Lyon 2 with the support of the "Fonds Francophone des Inforoutes", the Cyberthèses network brings a lot of institutions, french speaking or not, together in the world. Dibrary Portal uses OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting), allowing access to digital resources by "harvesting" metadata from foreign universities and research organizations. A comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. 541,050 theses in collection (308,535 of which have abstracts); Our monitoring of full-text thesis availability now extends to 32 UK/Irish university digital repositories. Thousands more entries have a `Link to Full Text' button, bottom-left. OpenThesis is a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools. Abstracts and citations of dissertations and theses. Coverage is worldwide but emphasis in on N. American research. From 1997- contains free 24 page preview. Some full-text.

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Printed Thesis Submission Procedure of Bilkent University Library
Submission Process
Steps For Electronic Theses Submission
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Research Steps
  • Choose a Topic
  • Dentify and deconstruct your topic.
  • State your topic as a question.
  •   Read and Research
  • Find background information.
  • Find articles  on your topic and note any relevant bibliographies at the end of the articles.
  • Use the Bilkent University Library Webpage to find articles.
  • Outline and Plan
  • Evaluate sources and write a draft.
  • Start Writing
  • Your writing should be clear and concise. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are all important.
  •  Review and Edit
  • Control all aspect of your writing include grammar, paragraph structure, citation...  .

What is a citation and citation style?


citation is a way of giving credit to individuals for their creative and intellectual works that you utilized to support your research. It can also be used to locate particular sources and combat plagiarism. Typically, a citation can include the author's name, date, location of the publishing company, journal title, or DOI (Digital Object Identifer).

citation style dictates the information necessary for a citation and how the information is ordered, as well as punctuation and other formatting.

About citations mit
What to cite

You must cite:

  • Facts, figures, ideas, or other information that is not common knowledge
  • Ideas, words, theories, or exact language that another person used in other publications

    Publications that must be cited include:  books, book chapters, articles, web pages, theses, etc.

  • Another person's exact words should be quoted and cited to show proper credit 

When in doubt, be safe and cite your source!

Why citing is important
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What is copyright?
What is protected by copyright?


Copyright is an automatic right that comes into force when a work which meets certain criteria is created:

  • the work should be original
  • it should be produced in a fixed form (for example, written down)
  • it should be a literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, film, broadcast work or a sound recording

Although this seems like a small list it covers a wide range of material, for example documents, reports, papers, data, letters, tables, computer programs, databases, photographs, typographical arrangements of published editions, sculptures, sound recordings, films and broadcasts.

Works may contain many separate instances of copyright. For example, a book or journal article may contain text and tables (treated by copyright law as literary works) and photographs or maps (artistic works). It is important to consider any third-party material used in your work and check permissions with the copyright holder as necessary.

What is an embargo?
Reasons for an embargo to the thesis

If the purpose of conducting research is to share it and make it available as soon as possible, why would anyone choose an embargo? 

One of the primary reasons why people decide to opt for an embargo is because they are preparing the work for publication. And they do not want their work to appear until it has been presented in a formal publication or publications. This could be in the form of a research article or articles, or indeed am entire book (sometimes called a monograph). So, people often choose to embargo the thesis while they are preparing the material for publication.

Find listed below some of the reasons why people embargo their thesis:

  • Publication - the thesis is embargoed while you attempt to get your work published. 
  • Commercial reasons – the thesis has potential to be commercial and that is why you are embargoing. 
  • Confidential – the thesis contains confidential information – secrets of a business, process or maybe some legal and the embargo is needed because of the confidentiality of the content. 
  • Copyright – maybe your thesis contains excessive amounts of third party copyright  and this is why an embargo is required. 
How to apply for an embargo?

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