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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.

A breakdown of major video sections:


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 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 the 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

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, December 7, 2023 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Friday, December 8, 2023 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7000, Research Commons