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  1. THESIS WORKSHOPSponsored by the CSUF Department of Graduate Studies Mrs. Debra L. Stewart University Thesis/Dissertation Reader MH-112; dstewart@fullerton.edu Revised for Fall 2013

  2. THESIS WORKSHOP INTRODUCTION What I want YOU to know: • What is expected of YOU. • How/where to get assistance. • What MY role is and is not.

  3. THESIS WORKSHOP INTRODUCTION Why this workshop? Basically, to save YOU time/$.

  4. THESIS WORKSHOP 1. INTRODUCTION 2. OVERVIEW: Why this workshop? (What is expected of you.) 3. REQUIREMENTS: How do you meet them? (How/where to get assistance.) 4. THESIS READER and YOU: What do I do? (What my role is and isn’t.)

  5. And save MY time. Four weeks. So little time. So many pages.

  6. MY OFFICE HOURS I do not have any set OFFICE HOURS AFTER the deadline. BEFORE the deadline, yes!

  7. - THESIS DEADLINES - FOR OUR MUTUAL BENEFIT • Submission deadline: • four weeks before the last day of classes. • Bookstore deposit: Last day of examinations. • For Students Planning to Graduate in January 2014 (Fall 2013) • Deadline to Submit to Graduate Studies Office Friday, November 22, 2013 • Deadline to Deposit in CSUF Bookstore Friday, December 20, 2013 • For Students Planning to Graduate in August 2014 (Summer 2014):Deadline to Submit to Graduate Studies Office Friday, April 11, 2014 Deadline to Deposit in CSUF Bookstore Friday, May 9, 2013 • When is your thesis defense scheduled?

  8. GET IT OVER WITH!

  9. WHAT IS A MASTER’S THESIS? “The master’s thesis is theculminating experience of your graduate program, and ademonstration of your ability to develop and present a clear and scholarly workwithin your chosen field of study. Our goal in this final editorial process is to ensure that your thesis is a credit to this university,and ultimately a lifelong source of pride for you.” THUS,

  10. A THESIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PAPER OF YOUR ACADEMIC LIFE (UP TO THIS POINT) IT MUST MEET CSU STANDARDS and be ACADEMICALLY PERFECT*

  11. And your thesis WILL require: • perseverance, dedication, • late nights, strained relationships, • endless revisions, • countless library hours, • computer hardware and software problems, • and ALL manner of stresses! YOU.WILL.WANT.TO.GIVE.UP, or PANIC.AND.FREAK.OUT. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

  12. Your Thesis includes MORE than research and writing

  13. A THESIS IS A “FIXED FORM” It is not a journal article, It is not a research paper, It is not a grant, It exists for one purpose only: TO FULFILL CSUF GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS.

  14. THESIS REQUIREMENTS HOW do I know what they are? WHERE do I find them? WHAT do I do with them?

  15. FORMAT: Why the big deal? This is a unique “book.” It has publishing guidelines, set by: • UMI/Proquest(microfilm restrictions) • California State University (policies) • CSUF (binding, margins, page numbering, figures/tables; campus uniformity) • Departmental choices (i.e., documentation sourcing, footnotes, headings)

  16. FORMAT: How a thesis looks Follow the: THESIS MANUAL for format fullerton.edu/graduate FORMAT: The way in which something is arranged or set out.

  17. REQUIREMENTS Follow your: • THESIS ADVISORfor content. • Academic unit for style guide. • CSUF Thesis Manual for format.

  18. REQUIREMENTS CSUF THESIS INFORMATION &MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES http://fullerton.edu/graduate/

  19. THE THESIS MANUAL (TM) • 19 pages. • Download. Print. Refer to it. • Answers(ALMOST) ALL F.A.Qs. http://fullerton.edu/graduate/

  20. TM: What’s in it? • Font • Margins • Spacing • Page numbering • Headings/Subheadings • Figures and Tables • Approval info • Paper • Order of parts • Front matter • Back matter • Cautions • TEMPLATES • Dates

  21. FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS • Use the materials • A perfectly formatted thesis • can be turned in without ever consulting me by using the • Thesis Template and Manual.

  22. ORDER OF PARTS • TITLE/SIGNATURE PAGE • ABSTRACT • TABLE OF CONTENTS • LIST OF FIGURES FRONT MATTER • LIST OF TABLES • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS • Chapters (main body) • APPENDIX OR APPENDICESBACK • BIBLIOGRAPHY OR REFERENCESMATTER

  23. THE TITLE/SIGNATURE PAGEIS the most STRICT FORM.IT HAS TO BE PERFECT THE FIRST TIME. NO EXCEPTIONS!

  24. Title/Signature Page MOST problematic. Must be 100% PERFECT. The RIGHT paper. The RIGHT spacing. The RIGHT spelling. ALL faculty signatures. Horror stories....

  25. Abstract Top margin of 2”. 250 words (best). Include “keywords.”

  26. TABLE OF CONTENTS TEMPLATE

  27. WHICH ONE IS YOURS? OTHER

  28. CONTENT, STYLE, FORMAT Follow your: • THESIS ADVISORfor content. • Academic unit for style guide. • CSUF Thesis Manual for format.

  29. WHY “STYLE”? • Test: Which is correct? • It’s a “convention.” • It is a “convention”. • It is a “convention.”

  30. STYLE INCLUDES LITTLE THINGS • ORDINALS: Is it first, 1st, or 1st place? • ELLIPSIS: Those funny dots . . . are like that, not…this or … that. A period adds a fourth dot. . . . That is, if it’s in between sentences. • NUMBERS: fifteen or 15? Two hundred or 300? • BLOCK QUOTES: Double or single space?

  31. YOUR REFERENCE SECTIONIS A STRICT FORM (and usually the most difficult).IT HAS TO BE PERFECT.

  32. Which is the correct “REFERENCE STYLE” for APA? Fisher, C. (2003). Decoding the ethics code. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Fisher, Celia. Decoding the Ethics Code. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2003. Fisher, C.J. Decoding the Ethics Code. Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA, 2003. Etc. Etc. Etc.

  33. APA Citation Issues Parenthetical format, first citation in text: (Cherry, 2007) (Cherry & Chang, 2004) (Cherry, Chang, & Jones, 2011) (Cherry, Chang, Jones, & Shimizu, 2012) (Cherry, Chang, Jones, Shimizu, & Rutledge, 2013) (Cherry et al., 2006) Etc. Etc. Etc.

  34. APA: More than one author When you list more than one source within a text citation: • Alphabetize the list by author. (Adler, 2003; Guillaume & Yopp, 2001; Randall, Ames, & Smith, 2010) • Place a semi-colon between research groups.

  35. APA Reference Issues Journals Books Book chapters Conference reports Multivolume works Edited works Etc. Etc. Etc. Remember I’m trying to help you!

  36. BLOCK QUOTES Long Quotes: in APA According to Cox (2000), “there are three ways to structure the introduction to a questionnaire” (p. 3). At the end of a block quote of 40+ words, the period goes at the end of the last word in the quote and then the citation is given. Block quotes are double spaced and indented ½ inch from the left margin. OR Set off five or more lines as an indented block, without quotation marks. Block quotes are single spaced and indented ½ inch from the left margin. The period goes after the citation page number is given, unless the source is cited in the introductory sentence introducing the quote. (p. 298)

  37. STYLE FORMATS CAN DIFFER APA Style or CMOS (Chicago Manual of Style)

  38. ETC., ETC., ETC.:

  39. WHAT IS YOURS? CMA, APA, MLA, ACS, AAA, AAG, SAA, GSA? Don’t know? Use: A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, by Kate L. Turabian or The Chicago Manual of Style. Other? Send me a copy.

  40. STYLE FORMATS CAN DIFFER Lots. Google them. http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/contents.html http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/19/

  41. STYLE IS A BIG DEAL • Headings. Underline or bold? • Tables and Figures. Italicize or not? • Citations and References. ??? • Spacing.

  42. READ THE MANUALS!

  43. CMA/TURABIAN HEADINGS CHAPTER THREE x THIS IS THE CHAPTER TITLE x x This is a Primary Heading This is how the first page of your thesis will look, using a chapter name and number (in Arabic numbers or spelled out) and Turabian-style headings that go with each section. After each chapter title or section title (i.e., Abstract) text begins on the third single space from the title.

  44. APA HEADINGS CHAPTER THREE THIS IS THE CHAPTER TITLE This is a Primary Heading This is how the first page of your thesis will look, using a chapter name and number (in Arabic numbers or spelled out) and Turabian-style headings that go with each section. Text and tables are double-spaced throughout the entire thesis.

  45. CMA/TURABIAN SUBHEADINGS This is a Secondary Heading or a Sub-Heading This represents a sub-section of the primary heading. All headings should be worded in the Table of Contents exactly as they are in the text. The text starts in the line one double space below the secondary heading and is indented .5 inches. Notice that it is underlined. This is a Tertiary Heading. This level of sub-heading is a sub-section of a secondary heading, but the Tertiary heading does not need to be included in the TOC. Both secondary and tertiary sub-headings aresubparts of the primary heading, just like in an outline. It does not go in the Table of Contents.

  46. APA SUBHEADINGS This is a Secondary Heading or a Sub-Heading This represents a sub-section of the primary heading. All headings should be worded in the Table of Contents exactly as they are in the text. The text starts in the line one double space below the secondary heading and is indented. It is not underlined; it is bolded. This is a Tertiary Heading. This level of sub-heading is a sub-section of a secondary heading, but the tertiary heading does not need to be included in the TOC. Both secondary and tertiary sub-headings are subparts of the primary heading, just like in an outline. A tertiary heading does not go in the Table of Contents. It is not underlined; it is bolded.

  47. Content and Style • TABLES: • What do they look like? • How are they spaced? • What about “runover” lines? • Can I add notes? • What is a stub column? Spanner? • FIGURES: Where are they placed on a page?

  48. TURABIAN TABLES Table 1. Smoking Among American adults, By Age Smoke Don’t Smoke Age N (%) (%) 18-32 1,722 30.6 69.4 33-47 2,012 37.1 62.9 48-62 1,928 35.2 64.8 63+ 646 30.5 69.5 Total 7,308 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Source: Adapted from Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 2005.

  49. APA TABLES • The APA manual has mistakes! • General rules: • BE CONSISTENT! • Stub column is flush left. • Data cells are centered to decimal point. • Totals are indented by three spaces. • For subordination within a stub, indent for clarity. • For runover lines, indent OR double space between entries.

  50. FIGURES APA TURABIAN Figure X. Illustration of Thesis Writing. Figure X. Illustration of Thesis Writing. • Italics? No italics? • Title ALWAYS below graphic. • No matter what style, PLACE IT FLUSH LEFT!!!