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Sept. 28: Getting Started w/ ETDR Templates

""Are you a master’s or doctoral student? If so, it is likely that you will be conducting research as part of your studies. At some point, you may be writing a thesis, report, or dissertation to record your work to share with the profession and the world. K-State has updated templates (in MS Word and LaTeX) for students to use, in order to ensure that they include all required information in the proper formatting.

“Getting Started with ETDR Templates” is an online training on Zoom from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.  

Optimally, students would use the ETDR templates early on, when they are proposing their research, in order to have a structured document for the proposal. Others may use the template at the end once all their work has been done, by transferring the text, data visualizations, tables, and other contents into the correct template.

Online Training Focuses

This training achieves the following:

  • Provides an overview of the ETDR sequence [drafting of the document, its review and revision, its transcoding to a .pdf format file, its submittal to K-REx, its review by the academic professor and committee, the review by the Graduate School for proper formatting, and the finalization of the submission of the thesis, report, or dissertation into K-REx (and the continuance of the submittal of the doctoral dissertation to ProQuest)]
  • Reviews the online resources available to K-State’s graduate students for their Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDRs).
  • Offers direct consultations through K-State’s IT Help Desk (helpdesk@ksu.edu, 785-532-7722, ServiceNow)
  • Introduces the respective MS Word and LaTeX templates to participants and how to use them effectively
  • Describes the importance of having an updated operating system and software (MS Word and LaTeX editor instance)
  • Explains how to process digital imagery for proper level of resolution (for fidelity)
  • Demonstrates how to infuse accessibility into the document with alternate text
  • Shows how to use captions for digital imagery and data tables
  • Shows how to troubleshoot a document (thesis, report, or dissertation) for critical formatting and navigational functionality and other issues

The respective documents will require different source citation methods based on the area of study for the student. These vary by time, with the latest versions (editions) required.

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This training will not be recorded in HRIS.  No registration is required.  All are welcome!

If there are questions, please email shalin@k-state.edu or call 785-532-5262. Thank you for your interest.