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Check formal requirements before you start writing your thesis. 

Manage your time

Writing your thesis proves, that you have successfully finished your basic education, you are able to understand and analyze scholarly works and you became a critical, logical thinker. Take into consideration your efficiency, your daily routine when you calculate the time of writing, in order to:

  • enjoy writing, avoid stress
  • find your topic’s expert authors, find high-level scholarly works and unanswered questions
  • not just shuffle through this task but create a thesis you can be proud of, you could use it for future reference
  • let enough time to check it, to correct mistakes and to inbuild new ideas.

How much time do you need to write a thesis?

Writing period in itself is not so long, but preparing (collecting literature, research, consultations) might take months. To complete a thesis you might need less time (some weeks), but:

  • it depends on your topic and science area,
  • your notes, documents have to be well-organized, easily accessible,
  • you need to know your topic keywords and experts of the field, need to have a global insight of your topic’s literature and as a start, you have to create a well-structured draft,
  • you have to be aware of formal requirements,
  • you need experience in writing professional texts. It is fine if you rewrite the first version several times to clarify and refine it. 

Topic selection

  • To write a succesful thesis you need to choose a topic carefully since you need to work on it for months. Think about which subject you liked most during your study, your reading or lecture notes can also help.
  • Ideally, you will find a topic from the recommendation list offered by your department. If not, you need to find a supervisor for your individual topic – it will work, do not worry.
  • Avoid topics which have already been written by others. Check Corvinus’ Theses Repository, which can be useful not just at thesis writing but also in other cases; bibliography of similar student works can be used as a starting point of finding scholarly works.
  • It is important to choose a topic that has some literature. Make a trial search in advance, connect some keywords for pre-checking documents.
  • Be a critical reader, make questions. If you find unanswered, unclarified questions you are on a good track.
  • Create a topic sentence with 5-6 keywords, if you can do it, you have crossed the line. As a next step create a mindmap, list all key concepts, organize them. It helps you to decide whether your topic is focused and using it you can make the draft of your thesis.
  • A good draft is similar to a guide. It helps you not to be lost when reviewing literature, not to miss relevant points, stay focused on your topic. However, feel free to narrow or broaden your topic as relevant literature is being processed. 

Collecting literature

It is a crucial point which documents you use. You may know that sources offered by the library assures that you find qualified documents quickly and efficiently. Reading a good article takes as much time as reading a low-level one. Check this site.

  • Search scholarly works: books, articles, dissertations. The most recent information is in articles.
  • As a starting point, check references of similar theses at CUB repository.
  • You might have experienced that the easiest way to find peer-reviewed documents is, if you use SuperSearch. It works also from remote, using VPN, or in some cases also EduID. SuperSearch is a search engine that searches simultaneously in several subscribed and free scholarly sources.
  • Did you know? Using AND narrows your search, it finds those documents where all keywords appear. OR is used for synonyms, helps you to broaden your search.

Other possible ways to broaden your search:

Hints, if a document is not available from our sources:

Read and take notes

  • Read a lot. It is essential not just to review literature but also to form your topic, to define your hypothesis or research question, to find experts in your field, to create concept clusters.
  • Focus on your topic, concentrate on relevant literature only.
  • Be a critical thinker, evaluate sources (CRAAP-test), interpret what you have read, find coherence and inconsequence.
  • Take notes. Form your own notetaking style, method: colouring, underlying but never do it in library documents!
  • Systemize how you store your notes, abbreviations, questions and references. If you do so, it helps you to create paraphrases (telling someone’s thoughts with your own words), it also expands the text of your thesis. Do not forget that you need to use references also if you paraphrase!
  • If you are fond of apps, try EverNote.
  • Use a reference manager software e.g. Zotero, Mendeley, Endnote, etc. They automatically download metadata and, in most cases, full-texts of documents, webpages. Reference managers help you to create your bibliography in the style defined at the University. Collected documents can be shared with others and notes can also be added. 

It’s high time to write!

  • You do not need to start writing with the introduction-chapter, if you feel like, start it with another. Don’t worry, you will get the hang of it you will write more and more easily.
  • Put only those ideas into your thesis that fit the mainstream of your work. All other information should go to the Appendix or footnote.
  • Take care of the writing style, use concepts in a consistent and accurate way. Try to write briefly, use simple sentence structures. The whole text should be logical and traceable.
  • When you are ready, read and check your thesis. Compare table of contents and page numbering.
  • Should you have written complicated sentences, simplify them. Ask your friend to read it, build in some of his/her remarks if you find them useful.
  • Correct referencing is very important. Use references in the text (verbatim and paraphrase) and put all of them into the reference list at the end of your thesis. Check rules to avoid plagiarism.
  • Register for a Thesis Writing Training or Consultation session.

Referencing for anti-plagiarism

Using references in a text, verbatim or as a paraphrase, is very important, because:

  • it makes your thesis authentic
  • proves that you have found the most important sources, authors
  • helps other to locate the original works
  • a reference list mirrors the value of your thesis. Although, this part is usually at the end of your thesis, supervisors start reading here. It is also important to create your reference list according to the predefined standard (e.g. APA, Harvard). For this purpose we warmly recommend that you use a reference manager software (Zotero, Mendeley).
  • If you use references, you can avoid ethical crimes. At references put author’s surname and publishing year in brackets, at verbatim references present also page number. You need to clarify which thought is yours and which is from someone else. More information about this topic.

If you are in doubt, check this FAQ.

As it is stated in CUB’s Code of Ethics: „Plagiarism is committed by anyone who uses external sources in his/her work while failing to comply with professional expectations and rules or to use correct references.” (CUB, Code of Ethics, 2011)

At Corvinus, the Ouriginal text similarity checker is used.

As a result of checking, it shows the percentage of texts which can be found also in other sources and it also specifies them. If this number is relatively high, it does not mean automatically plagiarism, your supervisor will decide about it.
Before the final submission you have the possibility to upload your thesis unlimited times to test it. Here is a short description how to analyze your result.

CUB’s anti-plagiarism regulation is availabe among university regulations, search on the linked site for anti-plagiarism using Ctrl+F.

Help in thesis writing – training sessions, tutorials

Training and consultation sessions:

Thesis writing training I. – Sources

Join this session if you need help in choosing a topic, selecting and evaluating sources, improving your searching skills. It is open for Corvinus MSc, BSc students, training language is English. Length of training is about 40 minutes.

Venue: Aquarium or online

Trainers: Krisztina Kőrösi, Erzsébet Lőrinczi 


Thesis writing training II. – References

Join this session if you are lost in references, wants to know more about avoiding plagiarism. It is open for Corvinus MSc, BSc students, training language is English. Length of training is about 40 minutes.

Venue: Aquarium or online

Trainers: Krisztina Kőrösi, Erzsébet Lőrinczi


Help – in scholarly literature, anti-plagiarism, references

Regular English-language consultation sessions for students of all levels. Come with your individual problem in topics like sources, searching, anti-plagiarism, references. Sessions will be provided online through Teams or in-person if you wish.


Similarity check (for students)

The Library offers training sessions to provide information on the process of text similarity checking and the application of the Ouriginal software. We will introduce the University’s own text similarity checking practice. In the second part we will present the evaluation of the check results.

Trainer: Alexandra Horváth


Zotero for beginners

Zotero – the lifesaver for references – for Beginners

Training session for using Zotero reference manager software efficiently. Join this session, if you:

  • want to store all your notes, documents, annotated pdfs at one place
  • want to retrieve your stored documents easily
  • want to save time and energy to create correct reference list or bibliography.


  • word referencing vs. Zotero
  • software download, Connector, platform’s structure
  • ways of downloading documents, adding notes, etc.
  • tips and tricks for efficient use

Bring your own laptop to start using the software immediately.

Trainer: Krisztina Kőrösi


Zotero advanced training

Zotero –Advanced functions

Join this session, if you are over the basic steps and interested in Zotero’s extra functions.


  • color coding, searching among docs, tags and in pdf-texts
  • Zofile – pdf-editor
  • My publications
  • Scite-plugin, OpenURL, Retraction Watch

Trainer: Krisztina Kőrösi


Zotero hands-on consultation

Zotero – hands-on consultation

If you are over the basics, downloaded the software, started using it but got stuck…. We can help you. Request an individual consultation.

Trainer: Krisztina Kőrösi

Research methodology consultation

Individual research methodology consultation is available in the Library (on-line and face-to-face) related but not restricted to the following topics: research design, formulating a research question, choosing a research methodology, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, interview design, interview techniques, research data management etc.

The aim of the consultation is to offer helpful advice to choose the method that is most appropriate and relevant to your research and most suitable for solving your research problem, and also to improve the information literacy competences, data management skills.

The consultation is held by Erika Kurucz, Research data steward.

Times: Thursdays, 10:00 or 11:00, in person or online

Artificial Intelligence on Campus: How to Use and When to Ignore Platforms like ChatGPT?

The online discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) platforms, like ChatGPT, from the student’s university life perspective. Every Corvinus University student, from undergraduate to PhD, is welcome to join and discuss how and to what extent one should use AI platforms in their academic advancement and how to do so ethically.

We will notify you about details to join the online training in a later email.

Trainer: Attila Dabis


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