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Final Thesis Manuscript Preparation and Submission

Formatting Guidelines

General Guidelines for Preparing the Final Manuscript
  1. Margins: 1½ inches at the left and top; 1 inch at right and bottom; 2 inches at top for first pages of chapters, table of contents, list of figures and tables, acknowledgments, preface, bibliography, and appendix.  Please check margins carefully on the computer and make appropriate adjustments.  Remember that a 1" margin is often already in place and must be changed as appropriate.  (Follow the samples in Section III for spacing on the title and signature pages.)
  2. Spacing. The text is normally double spaced with triple spacing after chapter and major division headings. Additional space may also be needed before subheadings.  Check the appropriate style guide for spacing and underlining of subheading and sub-subheading.3. 
  3. Paper: Use 20-24 lb. bond paper with at least 50% cotton content.  Most thesis paper available has 100% cotton content.  Thesis paper is available at all the local bookstores and office supply stores; acceptable brands, among others, are Berkshire, Southworth, Swan Linen, or KSU thesis paper, but be sure to check the cotton content, as this is what keeps the paper intact over the years.
  4. Number of copies: Please turn in one copy to the Honors College and upload a library copy by the Monday of finals week.  The Thesis Coordinator will send you a link to the OhioLINK ETD center once you submit your Oral Defense Form. Additional copies, for the student to keep or give to the advisor or family, must be in addition to the one to be turned in here.
  5. Cover: The copy to be turned in to the Honors College should be bound.  Such binding may be done at Kinko’s or elsewhere.  Please specify velo binding; spiral binding is not acceptable.  Please ask for a black vinyl cover; if black is unavailable, another dark color is acceptable.  Do not substitute a clear cover!  Remember to include the necessary blank pages (as noted elsewhere under front matter instructions) before having the copy bound. 
  6. Title and approval pages: The Honors College copy must contain a title page and approval page. The approval page for the OhioLINK copy must be printed separately and turned in, signed, to the Honors College along with the bound copy and the abstract.  This signed approval page is sent to the University Libraries after the Dean approves the online submission.  Models are included in this brochure. The approval page must be signed by the appropriate persons (thesis advisor and department chairperson) before the thesis/project will be accepted at the Honors College.  The Honors dean signs last and often delays signing until corrections are made if he sees errors in the final copies.  Do not photocopy the signature; get original signatures. Please vary the wording on the approval page to match your departmental major affiliation (e.g., use Chair, Department of English, but Director, School of Theatre and Dance, or Dean, College of Nursing).
  7. Pagination: All pages must be in the right order; please check!  See below for order of pages, including front matter.  Note position of page numbers.  Front matter (except for the title page, which bears no number but is counted as page one) has the page number in lower-case Roman numbers centered about 5/8" from the bottom of the page.  Page numbers for the body of the text are placed 5/8” from the top and 1” from the right side of the paper. (See additional note at the end of the “Order of Pages—Front Matter” heading below.)
  8. Style Guide: Please use the style guide (MLA, Turabian, APA, Chicago, etc.) appropriate for the discipline concerning: spacing, footnote form, bibliographical form, etc.  The guidelines above, however, take precedence over the style guides if there is a discrepancy (e.g., with margins).
  9. Figures: (illustrations, tables, charts, photographs, maps, etc.) should be listed at the outset, referred to in the text before they appear, numbered, and captioned. 

If you have special problems or questions not covered in the guidelines above, please call the thesis coordinator at the Honors College (330-672-2312).

Order of Pages: Front Matter

  1. Blank page
  2. Title page
  3. Blank page
  4. Approval page
  5. Blank page
  6. Table of Contents
  7. List of Figures (if any)
  8. List of Illustrations (if any)
  9. List of Tables (if any)
  10. Preface, including acknowledgments, or acknowledgments alone if there is no preface

NOTE: All front matter should be given small Roman numerals; Arabic numbers begin with the first page of the thesis itself, including the Introduction.  The title page is considered to be page one of the front matter, but the numeral itself is not placed on the page.  The approval page is given the number ii The blank pages in the front matter are not assigned page numbers.  Page numbers for the body of the text are placed 5/8" from the top and 1" from the right side of the paper.

One copy of an abstract of your thesis should be submitted electronically to the thesis coordinator prior to the end of the graduating semester.

Submitting the Manuscript

You will turn in one bound (velo binding) copy to the Honors College and one signed approval page.  The other copy will be submitted online to Ohio Link.

Electronic Submission

Once the Thesis Coordinator receives evidence of your successful defense (the signed Oral Defense Form) you will be given instructions for submitting your thesis to the OhioLink ETD Center.

"The process behind the Honors thesis helped me to decide to continue on and receive my master's and helped with the understanding on how to do a good research project." -Mindy Miller Murdock, Zoology, 2001

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