Series: Preparing Manuscripts & Theses

This series of workshops is designed to help you complete a paper, thesis, dissertation, or manuscript to meet the requirements of the school or publisher using Microsoft Word or for self-publishing. Parts 1 and 2 are usually scheduled together throughout the year. Part 3 will be scheduled upon request, though if you are working on a thesis using the template, you may not need to attend the third workshop, which will focus on features used for managing long documents like manuals and self-published manuscripts.

NOTE: Google Docs is not a suitable word processor for creating a document as complex as a Master's Thesis or for publishing a professional document. Any text you may have in Google Docs can be copied into a Word document. Google Docs does have a basic Styles feature.

Register for each part of the workshop separately by clicking the links in the titles below. If there is no Register button at the bottom of the screen, no section for the workshop is currently scheduled. These workshops can be scheduled at a convenient time on request for 3 or more participants: contact Mark Suggs.

Prerequisite: Experience with a current version of Microsoft Word. 

The topics covered in each workshop include:

Pt 1. Saving Time With Styles (2 hrs)

Yes, the time you invest in this workshop will be made up in the time you save and the frustration you will avoid once you understand how to use styles.

  • What are styles?
  • Applying styles
  • Creating and modifying styles (if time remains, we may start on topics from part 2)

Pt 2. General Approach, Format, Structure (2 hrs)

  • Using the thesis template
  • Composing the text
  • Rules of thumb
  • Helpful tools
  • Options and settings
  • Document structure and sections
  • Page numbering
  • Basic table of contents
  • Table of figures with captions

Pt 3. Automate, Collaborate, Publish (2 hrs)

The third workshop in this series focuses on features used for managing long documents like manuals and other manuscripts; if you are only working on a thesis, the third workshop is optional. If this workshop is not scheduled and you are interested in it, please contact Mark Suggs.

  • Word processing and publishing terms
  • Custom table of contents
  • Cross references
  • More about sections, headers/footers
  • Track changes and commenting
  • Indexing
  • Generating a PDF