Thesis, some Progress and a first good Feedback

Currently I’m writing my bachelor thesis. I have made some progress and I think it could be worse. A first draft was sent to my lecturer and the feedback was not that bad. I expected actually that he will stomp me to the ground. Yes, there are a lot of things to do and to improve, but it was a first draft and was never meant to be something like a final version.

So instead his feedback was very positive and he gave me some hints about the layout and some formal issues. And there are of course some wording issues to be solved, but it’s not a complete disaster and definitely doable. The structure of my thesis is fine as well and that makes me really happy. In the last days I was very uncertain about my structure and my approach on the topic.

The hardest part at the moment is to keep writing. When I read some pages in a book or paper I’m often very tired and like to stop working. But reading is not helping me when I have to write 40 to 60 pages of relevant content. So I keep forcing me to write at least a little bit every day, to get some progress. Furthermore “you can not edit a blank page”; if I just read and think about the topic I will get some serious problems at the end because of the lack of time and will never get this work done.

This blog post is also distracting me, but hopefully in I positive way. I’m now motivated again to continue writing the next chapter. Have a nice night all, my will be behind the screen and books, getting some more chapters done!

Finding scientific papers

Some things seemed easier then they are actually. For example the search for scientific papers. For my thesis I’m currently searching the web for papers and books regarding my topic, which is the Tor network by the way. There is for example Google Scholar, which is a search engine for scientific papers. It works so far, but not all papers can be read for free. And there starts the next problems.

Sometimes the links lead to the Springer Verlag, there are the papers and articles online … but mostly you have to pay for them 30 € per chapter. I have a link provided by my university, but even with this link only a part of the articles/books are free of charge. And of course those articles that I need aren’t free. Or you can go to ACM Digital Library. But the articles there require a fee, too.

Okay, then let’s go to one of these classical libraries. There is a large library of the LMU university in Munich and they have also a computer science department. Sounds like the solution? Yes, I thought that too, but unfortunately not all papers are available in the library. In fact, it seems that LMU students have access to the Springer website and they can read all publication completely online. But that’s only for LMU students. I’m a guest and will not have access to this service.

For now I try to find everything I need online. Some papers are published completely online by american universities and that helps me a lot. Hopefully I find everything this way.