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Theses, Dissertations, and Project Reports (TDP): Other Things You Should Know

Data Management

When we talk about data management, we are referring to a wide array of practices that researchers adopt to enhance the organization and security of their data. It is good to be aware of best practices in data management, given that they can save you significant time and effort, make your work more efficient, and avoid irreparable data loss.

An example of data management best practices is the 3-2-1 Rule, which deals with storage of your data. According to this rule, you should have at least

  • three copies of your data
  • kept in two different locations
  • in more than one storage format (external hard drive, cloud storage, etc.)

This simple technique will significantly help you safeguard your research data. Learn more about this concept by viewing the following short video:

Data Management: The 3-2-1 Rule (University of Wisconsin Data Services)  

To learn more...

To obtain more information about this topic, visit our online guide on data management. You can also click on the image that appears at the top of this column to access one of the presentations included in the online guide.

Checking Your Work With iThenticate

Before you submit your TDP, it is a good idea to give it a check with iThenticate, which is a digital plagiarism-prevention tool. With this app, you can compare the content of your thesis, dissertation, or project report against the content of millions of works published in a diversity of outlets. When you check your work on iThenticate, you will know if your TDP has a high degree of similarity to a previous publication, and you will be able to make any necessary changes before turning it in. This can help you avoid accusations of plagiarism if in effect your TDP has some strong similarities to other works, or if you have inadvertently committed a citation mistake.

To learn more...

If you wish to learn more about iThenticate, click here. This link will take you to the iThenticate section of our Academic Integrity digital guide.

Deposit of TDPs in Scholar@UPRM

The TDPs produced by UPRM students are deposited in Scholar@UPRM, which is our campus's institutional repository. As a member of the academic community of the University of Puerto Rico, you have access to the contents of this repository.

Once your TDP is approved, you must deposit the final document in Scholar@UPRM. You can find instructions on how to make the deposit by visiting the section titled "Tesis y Disertaciones" (Theses and Dissertations) in our Institutional Repository online guide

To learn more...

Scholar@UPRM is a place where all members of our campus's academic community can contribute content. It is a project with amazing potential. Our Institutional Repository online guide is the place to go if you want to learn more about Scholar@UPRM and the rich variety of resources it provides access to.

Quick Tutorial: How to Submit Your TDP to Scholar@UPRM

This short video will guide you through the TDP submission process.