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  1. THESIS WORKSHOPSponsored by the CSUF Department of Graduate Studies Debra Stewart University Thesis/Dissertation Reader MH-112; dstewart@fullerton.edu August 2014

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

  3. PSST! 4 Most Important Things! 1. Printout the Thesis Manual for yourself. • Download and SAVEthe thesis template as a Word file. Name, date (i.e., Stewart thesis draft 8.12.14). • Style is a big deal. Know your citation/reference style(APA, Chicago, JAMA, MLA, ACS, AAA, etc. Print it. Own it. 4. Trial run. Send me a first draft in the template, no matter how awful. Include title page, front matter, a few references. Even if it is a semester early.

  4. THESIS “DEADLINES” FOR OUR MUTUAL BENEFIT • Submission deadline. Four weeks before due datefor all coursework. • Bookstore deposit: Due date for all coursework. • For Students Planning to Graduate this Fall (January 2015):Deadline to Submit to Graduate Studies Office Friday, Nov. 25, 2014 Deadline to Deposit in CSUF Bookstore Friday, Dec. 23, 2014 • For Students Planning to Graduate in Spring 2015 (May 2015) • Deadline to Submit to Graduate Studies Office Friday, April 24, 2015 • Deadline to Deposit in CSUF Bookstore Friday, May 22, 2015 • Schedule your thesis defense before the submission date!

  5. Thesis: Order of Operations Draft Manuscript Research draft refined into separate chapters. Chapters given titles and headings. Tables and figures created and inserted. Citations checked. References/bibliography completed. Appendices added. Formatted Manuscript 7. Manuscript pasted into the thesis template. 8. Front matter entered; page numbers added. 9. File ready for thesis reader preliminary check. 10. Draft refined/proofed for defense. 11. Manuscript approved/signed by thesis committee. 12. Manuscript printed out for thesis submission.

  6. INTRODUCTION Why this workshop? To save YOU time/$.

  7. GET IT OVER WITH!

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

  9. WHAT IS A MASTER’S THESIS? • From the Thesis Manual: • The “culminating experience of your graduate program.” • A“demonstration of your ability to develop and present a clear and scholarly workwithin your chosen field of study.” • Reviewer’s role:Ensure that each thesis is a credit to this university and its author.

  10. REQUIREMENTS CSUF Thesis Information &Manuscript Guidelines are retrieved from http://fullerton.edu/graduate/ Look under “Theses and Dissertations”

  11. A THESIS HAS 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.

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

  13. 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)

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

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

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

  18. Thesis Manual: What’s in it? • Font(TNR, Arial, Tahoma) • Margins(1.5, 1, 1, 1) • Spacing(double w/exceptions) • Page numbering • Headings/Subheadings • Figures and Tables • Approval/Review info • Paper stock • Order of “parts” • Front matter • Back matter • Cautions • TEMPLATES • Dates

  19. FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS • Use the online materials • * * * * * • A perfectly formatted thesis • can be written • without any editorial changes • IF a student uses the • Thesis Template and Manual • correctly.

  20. ORDER OF THESIS PARTS • FRONT MATTER • (page numbers: Roman numerals, lower casing, bottom center) • TITLE/SIGNATURE PAGE • ABSTRACT • TABLE OF CONTENTS • LIST OF TABLES • LIST OF FIGURES • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS • CHAPTERS (Main Body) • (page numbers: Arabic numbers, top right corner) • BACK MATTER • APPENDIX OR APPENDICES • BIBLIOGRAPHY OR REFERENCES

  21. Title/Signature Page MOST problematic of all. Must be 100% PERFECT! RIGHT paper stock RIGHT spacing. RIGHT spelling. Allfaculty “wet” signatures black ink. Horror stories....

  22. THE “TITLE/SIGNATURE PAGE”HAS the most STRICT FORM.IT HAS TO BE PERFECT THE FIRST TIME. NO EXCEPTIONS!

  23. Abstract Top margin of 2”. 250 words (best). Include “keywords.” Prose style (no outlines)

  24. TABLE OF CONTENTS TEMPLATE “dot leaders” “page column” ““alignment”

  25. WHICH ONE IS YOURS? OTHER

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

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

  28. READ/UNDERSTAND YOUR STYLEMANUALS

  29. 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?

  30. Landscape orientation: Where does the page number go? (in portrait orientation, like others) • “Commas and periods,” go inside the quotation marks. • Single quotes “stay ‘inside’ quotations.” • Serial commas: X, Y, and Z. (Not x, y and z.) • Dashes come-in—different sizes. Why?

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

  32. 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)

  33. STYLE includes References • A very strict formal section. • Includes capitalization, initials, punctuation, spacing, etc. (Lots of etc.) • Most citations must be “converted” into your “style.” • Proofing is time-consuming. Very.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. ETC., ETC., ETC.:

  38. READ/UNDERSTAND YOUR STYLEMANUALS

  39. APA HEADINGS CHAPTER THREE double space THIS IS THE CHAPTER TITLE double space This is a Level 1 APA Heading This is how the first page of your thesis will look, using a chapter name and number (in Arabic numbers or spelled out). This is a Level 2 APA Heading At least two headings. that go with each section. Text and tables are double-spaced throughout the entire thesis.

  40. Non-APA 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.

  41. APA SUBHEADINGS This is a Level 2 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 Level 3 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.

  42. NON-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 .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.

  43. Content and Style • TABLES: Titles above table • What do they look like? (Answer: consistent!) • How are they spaced? (Answer: consistent!) • “Runover” lines are indent three spaces • Notesare added under the table. • Terms: stub column, data head, spanner. • FIGURES: Title below figure

  44. 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!!!

  45. 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.

  46. Non-APA 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.

  47. MARGINS, SPACING: LEFT JUSTIFICATION AND DOUBLE-SPACING 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. APA headings are formatted much differently than Turabian headings. 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. NO extra space between paragraphs. NO full justification.

  48. MARGINS, SPACING: LEFT JUSTIFICATION AND DOUBLE-SPACING 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. APA headings are formatted much differently than Turabian headings. 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. This is correct.

  49. HOW DO I LEARN ALL THIS? ( Pssst: OPEN THE THESIS MANUAL!

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