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


The Thesis Submission Process

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.

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.

You will learn:

1. How to log into the Thesis Registration System (TRS)

2. What required documents you need to upload to the TRS

3. What “if applicable” documents you need to upload to the TRS

4. What happens after you have submitted

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Thesis reBoot

Thesis reBoot is a day-long thesis writing retreat designed for graduate students who have already participated in Thesis Boot Camp.  

Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, writing and research support, and snacks and lunches, this day-long writing retreat offers students community and motivation in that final push towards the completion of their dissertation or thesis.

More information can be found on the Thesis reBoot page.

Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 5:00pmSurrey

Thesis Word Template: Advanced (Fine-tuning & Trouble-shooting)

Prerequisite: This workshop assumes that you have taken the Thesis Word Template: The Basics workshop or equivalent

This workshop covers more advanced features of the Library’s MS Word thesis template. The workshop can help with fixing issues with your thesis or addressing any personal preferences you might have (that are allowable within the template). Topics covered may include, but are not limited to:

  • how to fix margins
  • how to fix page numbering errors
  • how to properly include terms in the List of Acronyms and Glossary sections
  • how to create a landscape page to better fit your figure or table
  • how insert an 11x17 page to fit larger tables or figures
  • how to crop your figures in Word
  • tips on table design and tweaking tables to fit your data without making your text smaller
  • how to see all of your footnotes at once

If you have any issues with the thesis Word template that you want to discuss, please bring them to the workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Thesis Word Template: The Basics

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. (30 to 40 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.)
  • insert figures/images and tables and generate auto-numbered captions
  • update the Table of Contents, List of Tables and List of Figures
  • bring in text from other documents


Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons