Thesis Workshops and Online Tutorials
You are encouraged to attend a workshop on the formatting and submitting of your thesis to the library before beginning your thesis. Attending a workshop will save you time.
- To sign up for a workshop, please register via the Research Commons Workshops web page.
- Each workshop lasts 2 to 3 hours.
How’s It Going? Good, Good: Practical Tips for Writing Your Thesis
One of the most difficult tasks facing a graduate student is writing a thesis. In this popular and practical workshop, Dr. Alton Harestad (SFU BISC) presents a learning tool that acknowledges common behaviors among grad students writing a thesis: fear, procrastination, and guilt. More importantly, this tool will help restore direction, motivation, and excitement to this phase of your graduate research. Using a “work matrix”, you'll learn how to set a series of small achievable goals, match tasks with available time and state of emotion, set realistic objectives, and monitor your progress.
Participants will be asked to break their thesis (or other large project of their choice) into small tasks, and set achievable goals for each task. Issues around other components of writing a thesis will also be discussed. Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome!
This presentation is open to all graduate students and is a part of the Thesis Boot Camp program offered by the Research Commons. Register for Alton Harestad's presentation or click here to learn more about the complete Thesis Boot Camp program.
NOTE: Current Boot Camp registrants have already automatically been registered for this presentation.
- No upcoming workshops scheduled.
Workshop 1: Thesis Template and Resources
You are walked through the resources on the website and how to download the template-based file and its instructions.
Learn how to:
- write in the MS Word template-based file
- format your text using styles
- bring text in from other documents
- insert figures, images, and auto-numbered captions
- generate the Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, etc.
If you’ve begun writing, send your document to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the workshop; one will be used in demonstrating the Library’s thesis template. After the session, the formatted document will be returned in which the student can continue his/her work.
- Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 10:30am to 12:30pm, Rm 7301, Bennett Library, Burnaby
- Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm, Rm 3695, Fraser Library, Surrey
- Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 11:30am to 1:30pm, Rm 7301, Bennett Library, Burnaby
- Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm, Rm 7301, Bennett Library, Burnaby
Workshop 2: Theses Tables, Images, PDFs, High-Quality Print, etc.
This presentation shows students how to:
- create and easily format tables in Microsoft Word
- create high-quality images from other MSWord documents (e.g., questionnaires, landscaped tables, flowcharts, etc.)
- crop, resize, and rotate images in Photoshop for inserting into your thesis
- block-out signatures on letters and forms as well
- change PDF conversion settings for high- or press-quality print
- convert PDFs to high-quality jpgs for inclusion in your document, eliminating the need to either reformat other documents or have landscaped pages in your thesis, which creates page-numbering and other issues for students..
If time permits, specific issues can be addressed as well—please send your files in advance to email@example.com, outlining what you’re looking to do. After the session, the formatted document will be returned in which you can continue working.
View a video of the Tables, Images, PDFs, High-Quality Print, etc. workshop.
Workshop 3: Thesis Template Fine-tuning & Trouble-shooting
This workshop covers personal preferences you might have or issues with your thesis that is based on am MS Word Library template. Any topic can be addressed such as: fixing margins and page numbering errors, adding committee members to (and optimizing space on) the Approval page, adjusting the Title Page and Table of Contents for aesthetics, generating List(s) of Tables/Figures, table design and tweaking tables, converting to high-resolution PDFs, optimizing Word's settings, etc. Specific issues can be addressed—please send your file(s), outlining what you’re looking to do in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- No upcoming workshops scheduled.
- Finding and Downloading the Thesis Template (Microsoft Word)
- Setting-up the Thesis Template (Microsoft Word)
- How to Use the Thesis Template (Microsoft Word): Entering Content
- Workshop 1 video recording: Thesis Template & Submission Resources
- Workshop 2 video recording: Tables, Images, PDFs, High-Quality Print, etc.
- Workshop 3 video recording: Thesis Template: Fine-tuning and Trouble-shooting