Formatting Your Thesis or Project Report <br />The University Guidelines Manual and Engineering Style<br />
Thesis and Dissertation OfficeUniversity Library, Room 501(562) 985-4013email: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.csulb.edu/library/guide/serv/9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday<br />Format Evaluators:<br />Vivian Reed and Laurie Welch<br />Administrative Assistant:<br />Sue Joshee<br />
We’re here to help you prepare your manuscript according to the University Guidelines Manual and the formatting style guide approved by your department.<br />The Format Evaluation Process<br /><ul><li>Submit your manuscript to the Thesis and Dissertation Office before 5 p.m. of the submission deadline date. Be sure that: your manuscript is printed on standard printer paper, your signature page is complete with all signatures, your manuscript is in a manuscript (or thesis) box, and all three sections of the AUTHOR LOGIN are complete.
Formatters read through manuscripts on a first come first served basis. Pages are flagged and corrections are noted on the pages. It may take up to 4 weeks from when you submit your manuscript to when you receive an email to pick it up. Plan to submit as soon as possible if your official transcript with degree posting is required by a specific date for a graduate school application, a job, a raise, your leaving the country, or some other major change in your life.
Once you’ve made corrections, return the revised manuscript to the Thesis and Dissertation Office. We recommend setting a 2 week turnaround time for yourself to insure completing the process within the term deadline.</li></ul>Role of the Thesis and Dissertation Office<br />
Role of the Thesis and Dissertation Office<br />The Format Evaluation Process (continued)<br /><ul><li>Once the formatting is “cleared,” you take the manuscript to the Copy Center in the University Bookstore. You will be asked to fill out the UMI/Proquest Open Access Publishing Agreement Form and to pay fees for binding and reproduction of your manuscript in microfiche and online.
IMPORTANT LAST STEP: Email or call the Thesis and Dissertation Office and tell us your receipt number. We cannot send out the clearance letter to you, your thesis advisor, and Enrollment Services until we receive the receipt number. Until your clearance letter has been sent, your requirements for graduation will be incomplete.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>See your graduate advisor for the correct style manual used for your department (it could be IEEE, ASME, or guidelines created by another professional organization)
University Style and Format Guidelines for Theses, Project Reports, and Dissertations (2010—2011 will be available soon on the Thesis and Dissertation Office web pages)
The University Guidelines Manual takes precedence over departmental style manuals</li></ul>Current Edition Style Manuals<br />
Thesis and Dissertation Office Web Pages<br />
Thesis and Dissertation Office Web Pages<br /><ul><li>Besides the official University Guidelines Manual, there is a mini-manuscript with examples of formatted pages as well as a formatting checklist that includes most of the points made in this slide show
Warning: Many of the pages of the mini-manuscript look redundant, but there are small variations on each page. Keep scrolling through until you find examples of the pages you’re looking for</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Submit manuscripts printed on 20 lb. (standard weight) printer paper in a thesis box
Only these 4 font styles allowed: Times Roman, Times New Roman, Courier, or Courier New font in 12 pointfont size
Margins: 1 ½ INCH LEFT MARGIN IS USED THROUGHOUT THESIS; one inch margin on top, right, and bottom except on the first page of every major section where a two inch top margin is used
Use TWO SPACES AFTER PERIODS and other punctuation ending sentences and all colons
Center page numbers just ABOVE the one inch bottom margin (set footer to 1”) and match the font size and font style of page numbers with text
Use paragraph format with uniform double line-spacing(one empty line between two lines of text) with no additional line space between the text and chapter titles or subheads. Select text and set line spacing to “0 pt.” to eliminate wide blank spaces</li></ul>Formatting Essentials<br />
Order of Elements<br /><ul><li>Abstract—If only one page, do not number, otherwise use Arabic numerals for page numbers; 2 inch top margin for first page
<ul><li>Check over your preliminary pages carefully. Refer to the University Guidelines Manual or check out the mini-manuscript online for visual examples of formatting for your title page (page 7 of the pdf) and signature page (page 10 of the pdf)
Use double line-spacing for the blocks of text, except use single-line spacing for the names of committee members on title page
The title of your manuscript on the abstract, title page, and signature page must match exactly in wording and line breaks and be formatted in an inverted pyramid (longest line first)
Your name must also match on those pages as it is listed in your official university records</li></ul>Preliminary Pages<br />
Table of Contents<br /><ul><li>Example on pages 15 and 16 of the mini-manuscript pdf
Include headers—CHAPTER and Page. On the first page, they are located within the other elements. On all other pages, they are located at the top of the page
Match the wording of chapter and subhead titles in table of contents with the wording of titles in text; be sure page numbers match too
Subheads and multiple-lined chapter titles are single line-spaced but leave a blank line before and after chapter titles and other elements like List of Tables and appendices
Dot leaders end in alignment 3-4 spaces before the longest page number (programmed as a tab)
Page numbers must be right aligned (a tab also)
The Thesis and Dissertation Office web page also has instructions on setting tabs for the table of contents and a mini-manuscript with a correctly formatted table of contents</li></li></ul><li>Big No-Nos<br /><ul><li>No bold typeset
No left indentation of numbered items</li></li></ul><li>Right<br />Wrong<br />Microsoft Word automatically formats numbered items with indentation.<br />The University Guidelines Manual requires paragraph format.<br />University Guidelines Manual wins! Indent the first line of each item, including the number, like a paragraph, and start all other lines at the left margin.<br />1.Microsoft Word automatically formats numbered items with indentation.<br /> 2. The University Guidelines Manual requires paragraph format.<br /> 3. University Guidelines Manual wins! Indent the first line of each item, including the number, like a paragraph, and start all other lines at the left margin.<br />
Tables and Figures<br />TABLES<br /><ul><li>Begin at the left margin with TABLE 1. and 2 spaces, then with the title in headline style capitalization.
Do not box tables; there should be not lines on left or right edges.
Titles are placed ABOVE the table.</li></ul>FIGURES<br /><ul><li>Begin at the left margin with FIGURE 1. and 2 spaces, then with the caption in sentence style capitalization followed by a period.
Captions are placed BELOW the figure.</li></ul>NUMBERING<br /><ul><li>Tables and figures must be numbered in sequential order throughout. Numbering that designates sequence within each chapter (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, or 1a, 1b, 1c, etc.) is not permitted.</li></li></ul><li>Placement of Tables and Figures<br />OPTIONS<br /><ul><li>Tables and figures can be placed on pages with text or on pages by themselves (oneor more on a page).</li></ul>ON PAGE WITH TEXT<br /><ul><li>If a table of figure appears on a page with text, then there should be 3-4 blank single-line spaced lines between the text and the table or figure (above, below, or above and below as needed). IMPORTANT: Extra blank space cannot be added to force specific text to appear on the same page as a specific table or figure.</li></ul>ON PAGE WITHOUT TEXT<br /><ul><li>If a table or figure appears on a page without text, center the table or figure on the page.</li></li></ul><li>WRONG PLACEMENT<br />
<ul><li>Format each citation with a hanging indent—first line (including number) begins at left margin with subsequent lines indented
Single line-space within each citation and leave a blank line between each citation
Do not break up a citation onto two pages. Move it to the next page if needed
Format spacing consistently (single spacing after periods or colons is accepted in this section)
If you use reference numbering— or (1)—the numbers go inside punctuation, and references should be numbered in numerical order according to their order of appearance in the text
Refer to a source by author or title of work in a sentence, not by the number </li></ul>Example: A key principle is explained in Smith’s dissertation . NOT A key principle is explained in .<br />References<br />
Engineering Specifics<br />Use the style approved by your department or committee:<br />Civil–ASCE; http://www.asce.org/Audience/Authors,--Editors/Books/General-Book-Information/ Author-Date-References/<br />Computer Science—IEEE Computer Society; http:// www.computer.org/portal/web/publications/styleguide<br />Electrical—IEEE; http://www.ijssst.info/info/IEEE-Citation-StyleGuide.pdf<br />Mechanical & Aerospace—ASME; http://journaltool. asme.org/Help/AuthorHelp/WebHelp/JournalsHelp.<br />htm#Guidelines/Getting_Started.htm<br />
Approval Letter<br />****ALL Engineering Students****<br />Need to obtain an approval letter from <br />Dr. BurkhardEnglert to submit with the thesis or project report<br />
Plagiarism<br />If you are unsure about giving credit to a source, then for your own protection you should cite the source<br />Copyright Information<br />A brief discussion of copyright is available at the Thesis and Dissertation website: http://www.csulb.edu/library/guide/ serv/copyr.html<br />Copyright Permission (Contact Author or Publisher)<br />Samples of copyright permission forms are also available at the Thesis and Dissertation Office web page. Keep copies of any permission forms you obtain and bring to Copy Center with your manuscript<br />Plagiarism and Copyright Permission<br />
<ul><li>People often refer to theses on the Proquest database, but do not base your own thesis formatting completely on these samples. Use the University Guidelines Manual.
If you hire a typist or editor or formatter, make sure that they follow the appropriate guides. Agree on this from the beginning or you may find yourself having to pay twice to fix the problems caused by this miscommunication.</li></ul>Using Other Theses as Samples and Getting Outside Help<br />
<ul><li>Check our home page prior to submitting your manuscript for the link to the online Author Login.
All three sections of the Author Login must be complete before we can accept your manuscript for format evaluation. Contact us if you have problems entering information.
You will receive an email verification after you complete the Author Login. Please check to be sure all the information is correct, especially email addresses.</li></ul>Don’t Forget the Author Login<br />
<ul><li>Don’t let your frustration level get too high. Contact us with any questions or problems. We are here to help.
Many people hire a typist or editor or formatter if the task becomes too overwhelming.
You are responsible for your manuscript being formatted in a professional manner that adheres to all university and departmental formatting guidelines. The manuscript should be formatted to the best of your ability when it is submitted, but there will be opportunities to correct errors after is it submitted.</li></ul>It’s Not the End of the World<br />