How to get your thesis topic started

Students often struggle to get their thesis topic started, simply because nobody gave them a proper explanation on how to do something as complex as this in an efficient way. Questions I get asked frequently about this go from how to effectively obtain, read, and structure literature for a thesis, over how to effectively cite literature in an English computer science thesis, to how to effectively do things like referring figures/tables or final typesetting effectively. The following guide is aimed at helping students in getting their thesis topic started properly. Sticking to the tips and tricks in this guide will save you a huge amount of work and time, though it might require a little additional effort in the beginning.

The guide is available as pdf slide deck. Its contents basic guidelines for:

The “how to get your thesis topic started” guide above is based on my original blog post from 2013.