…about the thesis thing. Would it be irresponsible of me to make it available online knowing that some people will misuse the copyrights? But then, with the internet, it’s not too hard to find out when people plagiarize (speaking from experience with my own students). If I only make it available through email, however, how would anyone ever know if people were to “lift” material for their own projects?
And now that I think about it, how is my thesis different from any other article that’s available online (except that it’s over 100 pages long, of course)? Many people have large amounts of information available on their websites. I’ve used that material (with proper citations and acknowledgments) in my own research. So really, is there any difference?
Thanks for the advice so far. Any more? I’m still debating.