Research Commons: Writing & theses: Help with writing, thesis formatting, and submission


During COVID-19, Research Commons' services continue.

SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with the Research Commons staff and partners. Consultations are available by phone, via email, or through online video-conference.

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The Research Commons provides writing and publishing support, including help with academic writing, thesis formatting support, and scholarly publishing, to SFU graduate researchers across all disciplines.

  Writing services and resources

The Research Commons provides writing support services and resources for graduate researchers, including access guides, handbooks, Read-Ahead, writing consultations, the Open Writing Lab, and Thesis Boot Camp.

  Thesis formatting and submission 

The Research Commons offers thesis support services for SFU students including formatting your thesis, thesis submission procedures, thesis template troubleshooting, and reviewing your thesis before final submission.

  Scholarly Publishing

Scholarly Publishing at SFU supports faculty and student researchers in publishing their research, promoting their work online and through the media, and measuring the impact and visibility of their scholarship.

  Citation management software and tools

Use citation management tools for quick and accurate referencing.