At the moment I'm writing my master-thesis in the area of information systems. Because I developed some code to demonstrate my approach, I also mention some software tools in my proof-of-concept section. I'm talking about the ones used at multiple places, that are not really important.
- Shall I describe them in the appendix or somewhere else?
- Shall I link them to the description each time I mention a certain tool?
- Shall I give a link to their website in the footnotes?
I know, that there is no right and wrong to this. Nevertheless, I have the freedom and I'm searching for a good approach. Maybe someone had the same problem or knows which existing thesis has an elegant solution.
At the moment, I put a link in the footnote at the first mentioning of a tool; I also have a short description for the software tools in the appendix.