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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.  


Hands-On with the Library’s Thesis Word Template: Open Lab

Bring your laptop (either PC or Mac), your document(s), and your questions to this open lab session to get some hands-on, practical help and suggestions with the Library’s thesis template. Join the Library’s support staff anytime during the open lab to learn how to:

  • populate the Table of Contents so that chapter headings and subheadings automatically show up with the correct pagination
  • insert table or figure/image captions so that they are auto-numbered and automatically populated into the List of Tables & List of Figures sections of your document
  • fine-tune the formatting of your tables
  • create very large tables to fit onto a landscape or tabloid (11x17) page
  • apply appropriate styles to make your thesis look consistent, professional and acceptable for Library submission and publication
  • other formatting tips & tricks

Please register so that we know you’re coming.

Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pmVancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pmVancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Thesis template and resources: How to use it and where to find help

This demonstration introduces you to the Thesis Assistance wepageThesis Submission process and the Thesis Template. This workshop will be broken down into four parts:

  1. It will begin with an introduction to required copyright permissions from the Copyright Office at SFU. (about 30 minutes)
  2. SFU Library's research data specialists will give instruction on how to preserve and, if appropriate, share research data for future uses. (about 15 minutes)
  3. The Theses Office will provide an overview of the Thesis Assistant website and go over the overall submission process (including deadlines and supporting documentation). (about 30 to 40 minutes)
  4. The technical part of the workshop will follow, where you will be walked through the overall structure of your thesis and the functionality of the thesis template. (about 30 to 40 minutes)

Students are encouraged to bring their own computer and thesis document(s) to work along with the facilitator during the workshop.

Learn how to:

  • request copyright permissions (if your thesis includes reproductions of copyright protected images, including  figures, drawings, paintings, photographs, logos, maps, diagrams, tables or charts, and even screen captures on the web, then you might need to request copyright permission)
  • 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 in advance of the workshop; one might 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.

Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:15amSurrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pmBurnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons