Formatting your thesis in word

13. Include a title on your proposal. I'm amazed at how often the title is left for the end of the student's writing and then somehow forgotten when the proposal is prepared for the committee. A good proposal has a good title and it is the first thing to help the reader begin to understand the nature of your work. Use it wisely! Work on your title early in the process and revisit it often. It's easy for a reader to identify those proposals where the title has been focused upon by the student. Preparing a good title means:

    ...having the most important words appear toward the beginning of your title,

    ...limiting the use of ambiguous or confusing words,

    ..breaking your title up into a title and subtitle when you have too many words, and

    ...including key words that will help researchers in the future find your work.
14. It's important that your research proposal be organized around a set of questions that will guide your research. When selecting these guiding questions try to write them so that they frame your research and put it into perspective with other research. These questions must serve to establish the link between your research and other research that has preceded you. Your research questions should clearly show the relationship of your research to your field of study. Don't be carried away at this point and make your questions too narrow. You must start with broad relational questions.

Still have formatting questions?  – contact the Graduate School at [email protected]  or 970-491-6817.

  • Attend an open lab
    • Do you need help with final formatting and/or have questions regarding your document? Bring your electronic file to the open lab and representatives from the Graduate School and Library will be available to review your document and help with formatting issues. We can review your document and help you better understand the requirements. LaTEX users: Although we are unable to offer support for LaTEX, your formatting can be checked as a pdf file.
    • The Fall 2017 Open Labs  are in   Room 174 of the Morgan Library.
      • October 9 at 10:00 – 11:00 .
      • October 16 at 9:00 – 10:00 .
      • October 23 at 10:30 – 11:30 .
      • October 30 at 10:00 – 11:00 .
      • October 31 at 11:00 – 12:00 .
    1. Can’t make it to the open lab and have formatting questions? Online formatting resources are available through the Library’s ETD website . Please see links to the right for additional formatting resources.
    2. Fill out and submit the GS30 Thesis & Dissertation Submission Form to the Graduate School:
      • GS30 Thesis and Dissertation Submission Form
      • PhD students must submit the Certificate of Completion from your Survey of Earned Doctorates .
      • If an embargo is required, fill out and submit the GS31 Embargo Request Form to the Graduate School.
    3. Submit your thesis or dissertation electronically to ProQuest/UMI through the Colorado State University Libraries ETD Submission Website .
    Publishing Information and Resources Thesis and Dissertation Publishing Plan, Embargo Information, and Intellectual Property Guidelines

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