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Thesis Help 2021-2022

Spring '22 Thesis Submission Info

The Registrar and the Library have amended 2022 requirements to streamlined formatting, submission before the Orals exam, and final thesis submission process for Spring 2022.

Questions? Want more help? Reserve an appointment with a librarian to chat about your thesis via the requesting help form.

This guide contains the updated formatting and submission guidelines for thesis students. Information found elsewhere, such as the senior handbook, may be incorrect or incomplete. This guide is subject to change.

Please email Ask A Librarian with questions.

Formatting Your Thesis - Required

For the library to accept your final thesis the following requirements must be met.

Required

  1. Title and Approval Pages are formatted correctly. See examples below.
  2. Required sections are present and in the correct order. See details below.
    • Title Page 
    • Approval Page
    • Table of Contents
    • Abstract
    • Major body of text
    • Bibliography / References 
  3. Margins are wide enough to facilitate binding.
    • At least 1" on each side. 1.5" on the inside margin preferred.
    • The thesis template will default to these settings. 

General formatting questions? Ask a Librarian!

Specific formatting questions? Ask CUS! There are virtual formatting hours on Mondays from 5-7 PST.  For more information, see this help page.

Formatting Your Thesis - Optional Best Practices

If you want your thesis to conform to traditional best practices above and beyond the requirements, take these extra steps. 

  • All sections are present and in the correct order. See guidelines below.
  • Page numbers are formatted correctly.
  • Chapters or new sections start on the right side. 

For examples of past theses, see the Spring 2020 theses in Reed College Electronic Theses Archive.

Example using the LaTex Template

Example using the Word Template

  • Starting with the first page of the Introduction/Chapter 1, sequential page numbers should appear on every page. If you are using the thesis template the first page of chapters and blank pages may not display a page number.
  • The first page of every chapter should be listed in the table of contents.
  • Page numbers can appear anywhere on the page as long as they are consistently placed.

 

General formatting questions? Ask a Librarian!

Specific formatting questions? Ask CUS!

  • Double-spaced and space-and-a-half are preferred, but if your thesis is particularly long, consult with your thesis adviser to see if single spacing would be appropriate. 

 

General formatting questions? Ask a Librarian! 

Specific formatting questions? Ask CUS!

  • Images can appear within chapters, at the end of chapters, or in a separate appendix at the end of your thesis (this is easiest). Your adviser can provide guidance on whether to place the full image citation below the image or in your Bibliography.
  • Instructions for inserting images and tables into the thesis templates are available on the CUS Thesis Help Page.

 

General formatting questions? Ask a Librarian!

Specific formatting questions? Ask CUS!

  • Including a List of Tables/Figures/Spectra is optional, but it is recommended to include one if you have multiple tables/figures/spectra. A sample List of Figures as well as specifics about formatting are in the thesis template (Word or LaTeX)

 

General formatting questions? Ask a Librarian! 

Specific formatting questions? Ask CUS!

  • Footnotes should be single-spaced and numbered continuously for each chapter or for the entire work. Do not restart the numbering of footnotes on each page.

 

General formatting questions? Ask a Librarian!

Specific formatting questions? Ask CUS!

Title and Approval Pages

No variations in the title or approval pages will be accepted. Examples are linked below. A complete list of majors for the Approval Page is available but please verify the listing with your thesis advisor. 

Requirements

CORRECT : May 2022

INCORRECT : May 14, 2022

Thesis Sections and Order

The contents of your thesis must follow the order below. Required sections are indicated in bold.

  • Title Page - Required
  • Approval Page - Required
  • Acknowledgments / Preface
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Table of Contents- Required
  • List of Tables/Figures/Spectra
  • Abstract - Required (except for creative writing)
  • Dedication
  • Major body of text - Required
  • Glossary
  • Appendix
  • Endnotes
  • Bibliography / References - Required
  • Index