Steps for Submitting a Thesis
Number of copies: The Library requires one electronic file of the thesis for possible inclusion in the Library's digital repository DOCS@RWU.
Format: The Library accepts theses in Microsoft Word or PDF formats. Other digital formats may be accepted at the Library's discretion, but students must secure permission before submitting a thesis to the library in an alternate format.
File Size: The maximum size of an electronic thesis is limited to 50 MB. To reduce the size of a thesis, it is recommended to submit graphic and illustrative files separately. The supplementary files should be clearly labeled for identification.
Thesis Deposit and Access Agreement Form: The Library requires the form to be completed and submitted with the thesis. The Library keeps the completed form as a record of submission and obtains permission from the author to post the electronic thesis in its digital repository. The form can be downloaded at http://library.rwu.edu/about/ThesisAccessAgreementForm.pdf.
Printing: The use of headers or chapter titles larger than 3/16" is discouraged and the use of excessive italics or bold print is prohibited. A standard font style and print size should be used such as Times New Roman 12, Letter Gothic 12 and Helvetica 12 for PC, and Times 14, Helvetica 12, and Geneva 12 for Macintosh.
Spacing: Double space the text. Only footnotes, long quotations, bibliography entries (double space between entries), and captions for graphic or illustrative material may be single spaced.
Margins: All (right, left, top, and bottom) margins should be set at one inch. Use these margins throughout the thesis.
Justification: Text should be left justified only. Ease of reading should be the primary consideration in determining line formatting.
Thesis Preliminary Pages:
1. Title page (required):
These elements should be included:
(Please use the official names of College, School, Department and Program as listed in the University catalog for the year the thesis is submitted.)
2. Signature page (required):
3. Dedication and /or acknowledgements (optional)
4. Table of Contents (optional)
5. List of figures, tables, etc (optional)
6. Abstract (required)
An abstract must be included with the thesis document. The abstract should not exceed 150 words and should summarize the results, conclusions or main arguments presented in the thesis.
Pagination: Page numbers are required and should appear consistently throughout the document either in the upper right corner or centered at the bottom or top of the page. If using footnotes, place the page number at the top of the page. Below is a guide to pagination:
Non-print materials: Non-print materials, including photographs, magnetic recordings and electronic data files, provide special problems for long-term storage and preservation. Please refer to the following guidelines when submitting these types of materials:
Collation: The following order is required:
Style Manuals: The style manual appropriate to the discipline should be adhered to throughout the document.
Proofreading: Proofreading, spell-checking, and proper bibliographic citations are essential to do prior to submitting the completed document. No thesis will be accepted for deposit if it fails to meet standards of excellence for published works.
Permissions: Students are responsible for obtaining permission in writing from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted material included in the work (including images) and from any third party whose privacy rights should be considered.