A thesis is based on original research done according to the standards of your discipline—standards that you have been learning as you progressed through the coursework in your major. But within the larger field represented by your major, every little sub-specialty has its own quirks and tricks of the trade. This is the guidance that you should expect from your thesis director and why it is important that this professor's expertise be as close as possible to your research topic.
Your thesis should also reflect your discipline's standards for written prose. Although every academic department values logical argument and persuasive evidence, disciplines do have different standards of evidence, and they organize their arguments differently. You will want your thesis to follow the models of scholarly discourse commonly used in your field.
Much of the best advice about research and writing is therefore discipline specific. But there is some handy advice that is generally applicable. Here are several good rules to remember:
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