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Graduate Student Workshops: Thesis Formatting

Information about the regularly-occurring workshop series offered to graduate students and other researchers by the Geoffrey R. Weller Library.

Virtual Workshop Documents

These documents are  to be used when when doing the Thesis Formatting Virtual Workshop.

Document 1: Thesis Formatting Instructions. You can use these instructions to follow along or to seek clarification if something in the video is unclear.

Document 2: Thesis_Formatting_Copy_and_Paste_Document. This document contains text that you will be asked to copy and paste into your blank word document, as we work our way through the process of formatting.

Thesis Formatting Virtual Workshop Video


1:08 Adding Title Page and Inserting Blank Pages

2:43 Creating a Section Break

3:45 Adding in Page Numbers

5:20 Adding a Table of Contents

5:57 Formatting Heading 1

7:35 Populating the Table of Contents

8:54 Formatting Sub-headings

11:17 Creating a List of Tables

12:23 Creating a List of Figures


Thesis Template for Students

This document has been created as a working template for graduate students to use as they begin writing their dissertation, thesis, project, or practicum report.


Students are responsible for ensuring that their final document meets the criteria set out in the Graduate Studies “Formatting Guidelines” in addition to the criteria outlined in their selected citation style. This template includes sections and headings set to APA format, with placeholder text.

Citation Styles

The American Chemical Society (ACS) developed the ACS style guide to set standards for writing and citing documents relating to chemistry.

Print ACS Guide:

Location Call Number Status
Reference QD8.5 .A25 2006 Library Use Only

The APA (American Psychological Association) style guide is one of the most popular style guides for academic work, commonly used in the field of social sciences in general.  The 7th edition of the APA (American Psychological Association) style guide is available on the first floor of the library.  Students should confirm with their instructor(s) whether they are to use the 6th or 7th edition in the completion of their assignments.

Print APA Guides: 

Location Call Number Status
Reference 6th edition BF76.7 .P83 2010 Library Use Only
Reference 7th edition BF76.7 .P83 2020 Library Use Only
Reference 7th edition BF76.7 .P83 2020 c.2 Library Use Only
Reference 7th edition BF76.7 .P83 2020 c.3 Library Use Only

The American Sociological Association developed the ASA style for academic writing in the field of sociology. ASA style is quite similar to APA style.

Print ASA Guide:

Location Call Number Status
Reference HM569 .A54 2014 Library Use Only

The Chicago Manual of Style, published by the University of Chicago Press, is widely used in publishing. In the academic world, it is used in some social sciences and historical journals. Chicago offers two formats: author-date style and notes and bibliography style.

Print Chicago Guide:

Location Call Number Status
Reference Z253 .U69 2010 Library Use Only
Stacks Z253 .U69 2010 c.2

This style, developed by the Council of Science Editors, is used for scientific writing. Like Chicago, it has several formats to choose from: citation-name, citation-sequence, and name-year.

Print CSE Style Manuals:

Location Call Number Status
Reference T11 .S386 2014 Library Use Only
Stacks T11 .S386 2014 c.2

Harvard referencing, also known as Parenthetical referencing, uses partial in-text citations. This style can be used in the natural and social sciences or arts and humanities.

The Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a professional organization supporting many branches of engineering, computer science, and information technology. In addition to publishing journals, magazines, and conference proceedings, IEEE also makes many standards for a wide variety of industries.

IEEE citation style includes in-text citations, numbered in square brackets, which refer to the full citation listed in the reference list at the end of the paper. The reference list is organized numerically, not alphabetically.

The MLA Handbook, published by the Modern Language Association, is used in academia in the humanities.

Print MLA Guides:

Location Call Number Status
Reference LB2369 .G53 2016 Library Use Only
Stacks LB2369 .G53 2009 c.2


The UNBC Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Management (ORTM) Style Guide is available on the student (S:) drive.

The Anthropology Program at UNBC follows the style format of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), as used in the journal American Antiquity. This is an ‘in text’ citation format.