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User: Me_Lg - 13 March 2018 20:49

Hello, I'm now writing my thesis mainly about flood mitigation in a city. I described a lot about the country and then going deeper to my selected city. Could you give me advice! does it sound good even I talk much about the country above? And I also copied many articles to support my study, is it a bad idea?

User: TreeofLife - 14 March 2018 11:54

Is this an undergraduate thesis? "Copying" articles doesn't sound like a good plan, no...

User: MasonBrown - 14 March 2018 17:04

Copying a lot of articles is a definite bad idea. People will consider this as a plagiarism. You can use some quotes only or some pieces of information (and of course, with telling from where is the information). You have to meet all your thesis requirements first of all. Capacity, style, format, etc. Then think about how valuable is your thesis. Is there something new and interesting? Don't make your work just full of dry facts, add interesting relevant information and analyze each aspect of the topic. It means you should not write only about the country in your thesis.

User: Pjlu - 14 March 2018 18:57

Quote From Me_Lg:
And I also copied many articles to support my study, is it a bad idea?


By copied, do you mean 'referenced many articles' Me-Lg? Or 'cited' perhaps? Meaning- put in the reference details of articles which support your topic or proposal?

User: Me_Lg - 14 March 2018 20:56

Treeoflife, I'm doing Master's degree thesis. MasonBrown, I'm on board with your advice, however, some references are exactly it is, we can't change.

User: TreeofLife - 15 March 2018 08:22

Ok, so I would say yes, you need to talk about the country to some extent. But I reiterate - you can not copy articles. This is plagiarism and if you are in a UK university, your work will be put through a plagiarism checker and this will be picked up and you will be penalised for it. You are supposed to paraphrase content and structure of information in articles you are referencing.

User: Mattfabb - 15 March 2018 08:39

Quote From Me_Lg:
Hello, I'm now writing my thesis mainly about flood mitigation in a city. I described a lot about the country and then going deeper to my selected city. Could you give me advice! does it sound good even I talk much about the country above? And I also copied many articles to support my study, is it a bad idea?

As long as it is relevant, you should include information about the country. Say, for example, that you were talking about flood mitigation in Japan. In that case, one should include both general and specific information: what policies and structures exist at a national level, and how are they implemented locally? It makes sense to deal with the broader national level first, because one nation may be more susceptible to floods than another (like, not many floods in the desert, but maybe lots of floods in a island nation like Japan?) and therefore may have developed strategies at the national level.

I suppose what you can do then is to take a city as a case study to then look at how effectively national mitigation policies were applied at the local level. This could be done by looking at evidence of a disaster prevented, or maybe at the failure to prevent a flood?