A Quick Reference for Thesis Planning
Prepare your Computer
- Use a current version of Microsoft Office/Word. Download and apply all available updates (Windows – Microsoft Office 2010 | Mac – Microsoft Office 2011)
- Download and Install all the updates that are available for your computer’s operating system (Microsoft Windows XP, 7, 8 | Apple OS X)
Plan your Document
Even before starting your thesis on the computer, you should give some thought and preparation. Make a sketch on paper to get an idea of how you want the finished document to look.
One Large File or Multiple Files
When producing a large document it is worth considering whether it should consist of one large file or several smaller files, which can be assembled at the end of the process. The main consideration is, that if a single, large document becomes damaged, you could lose everything.
- Assemble separate files at the end of the process
- Large files can become corrupted/damaged and slow
Naming your documents/files
When naming your chapters/sections, keep non-current copies in an “old” folder. Use dates in the file name and avoid using multiple “Chapter 1” files.
Keep it all together
Centralize your materials, keep like documents together, and keep your data together and organized. Wait until the very end of the process to merge your multiple files together.
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Utilize Word Processing Tools
Use the word processing tools that area available to you to simplify and automate your publishing process.
- Page Breaks
- Page Numbering
- Footnotes and Endnotes
- Table of Contents
- Table of Figures
- Use Bibliographic Software, such as RefWorks to manage your references.
- Use Adobe InDesign for complicated layouts.
Backup your Thesis
Remember to Backup your Thesis!
There are several options available to you for backing your thesis.
- Bates Google Docs/Drive – 5GB Paris/Netapp
- Bates Network Storage – 50MB
- Dropbox Free Account – 2GB
- USB Memory Sticks
- External Hard Drives
- Save your Thesis in sections – (Chapter 1, 2, 3 = File/Doc 1, 2, 3)
- Save your Thesis in multiple locations
- Keep a backup in a different geographical location
Tips for Getting Help and Printing
Need Technical Help with Your Thesis? Ready to Print?
- If you need assistance with troubleshooting your thesis, resolving technical problems with your computer or need advance help with your word processing software, don’t hesitate to visit Help Desk Services in the George and Helen Ladd Library. You may also call or email us at: (207) 786-8222 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The best time to visit Help Desk Services is during the early morning hours (8am – 11am)
- The best time to print is during the early morning hours (8am – 11am) and during the mid-afternoon (3pm – 5pm)
- Anticipate lines, build in extra time for problems, and don’t hesitate in asking for Help!
- When visiting Help Desk Services, bring your computer with you
- Color printing is available in the George and Helen Ladd Library
- Print color documents responsibility
- Since there is only one color printer, plan accordingly
- Printing in color is slower then printing in B/W