Thesis workshops and online tutorials

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Using the Thesis Word Template

The SFU Library thesis template is a Microsoft Word file designed to assist students in preparing theses, projects, and extended essay(s) in accordance with formatting standards and requirements for submission to the Library. Watch this series of videos and learn how to:

  • download the thesis template (a Microsoft Word file) and set up some defaults
  • format your text using styles (ie. block quotes, lists, references, etc.)
  • update the Table of Contents, List of Tables and List of Figures
  • bring in text from other documents

Note: It is recommended that you watch the first 4 videos in the order listed to get a full understanding on how the thesis Word template works.

1. Getting started: Download and setup (1m 45s)

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2. Organization of the SFU thesis (4m)

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3. Word styles and organization of the SFU Word styles (8m 25s)

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4. How to use heading and basic text styles (9m 07s)

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5. How to transfer text into the thesis Word template (4m 46s)

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6. How to insert a table (9m 30s)

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7. How to insert a figure  (5m 34s)

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The Thesis Submission Process

Watch a recording of the Thesis Submission Process workshop (approximately 58 minutes).  Recorded on 27 July 2023, this information session covers how to submit your thesis, project, or extended essay(s) to the Library after you've defended.

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 Workshops

You are encouraged to attend a workshop on thesis formatting and submitting your thesis to the library before your defence.  

Registration for most workshops is free, but required. 

Thesis Writing Group [Online]

 About Thesis Writing Group

Join Thesis Writing Group to make some serious progress on your thesis (or other academic writing projects) and to develop a sustainable writing practice. Thesis Writing Group is modelled after other successful online writing groups that use scheduled time to work on writing with the (quiet) presence and support of other writers. Thesis Writing Group also makes many aspects of our in-person Thesis Writing Retreats available online and throughout each term. 

What you can expect

Thesis Writing Group is held via Zoom. It is facilitated by members of the Graduate Writing Services team and the Research Commons Librarian, who are available for writing and research support during the weekly sessions. An Assistant for Theses will also be available for some of the sessions for any questions about using the thesis template, formatting, and the thesis submission process. Optional mini workshops on topics such as library research techniques, copyright, and academic publishing will be offered some weeks. For Summer 2024, sessions will be held on Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30pm for 10 weeks, starting Friday, May 24, 2024 and concluding Friday, July 26, 2024.

The online writing group format

Some of you may already be familiar with or have participated in online writing groups. For both those with and without experience, we encourage you to join us for this unique experience! The group will begin each session by briefly checking in and setting goals before turning to dedicated writing time. Participants can request support from our team through the chat feature, and consultations/discussions will take place in breakout rooms. The 3-hour sessions conclude with the group coming together and discussing any reflections or areas of interest/concern.

Writers will be asked to keep their microphones muted while writing, and the use of webcams is welcome but entirely optional for each participant. 

 Registration is for ten weeks

Registration is available for all 10 weeks of sessions combined. We ask that registered participants commit to attending each session to the extent that their schedules allow.

Please register by Thursday, May 23, 2024 before 6:00am in order to receive the Zoom link to join.

If you have any questions about Thesis Writing Group, please contact Julie Jones, Research Commons Librarian, at jsj7@sfu.ca

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, May 24, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday, May 31, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday, June 7, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday, June 14, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday, June 21, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday, June 28, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday, July 5, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday, July 12, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday, July 19, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday, July 26, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Thesis Writing Retreat

  About the workshop

Join us for three days of dedicated writing time and make genuine progress on your thesis, project, or capstone.
 
We’ll have a beautiful space to work, facilitated sessions that animate the writing experience, and optional programming around writing, research, the thesis template, and thesis-adjacent topics such as graduate student well-being and the grad student–supervisor relationship. Also, healthy meals and snacks will be provided for all three days.
 

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Surrey, Room TBA

Using the thesis Word template

About the workshop

The SFU Library thesis template is a Microsoft Word file designed to assist students in preparing theses, projects, and extended essay(s) in accordance with formatting standards and requirements for submission to the Library.

In this in-person workshop, we will walk you through the overall structure of your thesis and demonstrate the functionality of the thesis template. You will learn how to:

  • download the thesis template (a Microsoft Word file) and set up some defaults
  • format your text using styles (ie. block quotes, lists, references, etc.)
  • update the Table of Contents, List of Tables and List of Figures
  • bring in text from other documents

If we have time, we will show you how to:

  • insert figures/images and tables and generate auto-numbered captions
  • update the List of Figures and Tables
  • other tips and tricks

Note: This is part of the Thesis Writing Retreat, but non-Thesis Writing Retreat participants are welcome to register and join.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Thesis Word Template: The Basics

About the workshop

The SFU Library thesis template is a Microsoft Word file designed to assist students in preparing theses, projects, and extended essay(s) in accordance with formatting standards and requirements for submission to the Library.

There are 3 parts to this workshop:

1. SFU Library's research data specialists will give instruction on how to store, preserve (archive) and, if appropriate, share research data for future uses. (15 to 20 minutes)

2. SFU Copyright Office will briefly explain copyright law as it relates to reproducing copyright protected material in your thesis and other published works, and explain how to request permission from copyright holders when required. (20 to 30 minutes)

3. For the remainder of the time, the Theses Office will walk through the overall structure of your thesis and demonstrate the functionality of the thesis template. You will learn how to:

  • download the thesis template (a Microsoft Word file) and set up some defaults
  • format your text using styles (ie. block quotes, lists, references, etc.)
  • update the Table of Contents, List of Tables and List of Figures
  • bring in text from other documents

If we have time, we will show you how to:

  • insert figures/images and tables and generate auto-numbered captions
  • update the List of Figures and Tables
  • other tips and tricks

Note: This is an in-person workshop.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

The Thesis Submission Process [Online]

About the workshop

After you have defended, the final step for graduation eligibility is submitting your thesis, project, or extended essay(s) to the Library. This workshop will walk you through the thesis submission process.

You will learn:

  1. How to log into the Thesis Registration System (TRS)
  2. What documents are required to upload to the TRS
  3. What “if applicable” documents you need to upload to the TRS
  4. What happens after you have submitted

Note: A good time to take this workshop is sometime during the semester that you’ll be defending or sometime after you know when your defence date is.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)