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Author: Martin Courtois

Graduate students and faculty: New ETDR Handbook provides overviews, details, and more

Graduate students: Is this the semester you start working on your thesis, dissertation, or report?  If so, don’t write a single word until you download the new ETDR Handbook (PDF, 42 pages).  Compiled this summer by the ETDR consultants in the Information Technology Assistance Center, the handbook is a complete guide to formatting and submitting your electronic thesis, dissertation, or report (ETDR), including a thorough overview of all the Graduate School formatting requirementsContinue reading “Graduate students and faculty: New ETDR Handbook provides overviews, details, and more”

Grad students and faculty: ETDR LaTeX updated template for graduate students

For graduate students using LaTeX to write their electronic theses, dissertations, or reports (ETDR), a newly revised ETDR LaTeX template is now available on the templates page of the ETDR website.  Here are some of the updates made to the template:   Continue reading “Grad students and faculty: ETDR LaTeX updated template for graduate students”

New ETDR videos for Word for Mac 2011 users

iTAC has produced three new videos for graduate students using Word for Mac 2011 to write their electronic theses, dissertations, or reports (ETDR).  These 2-3 minute videos focus on using the ETDR template and illustrate how to do specific operations in Word.  Continue reading “New ETDR videos for Word for Mac 2011 users”

K-State Research Exchange unavailable Sept. 11 and Sept. 14

The K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) at krex.k-state.edu will be unavailable on the following dates to implement a new interface:

  • Tuesday Sept. 11 – K-REx will be down most of the day in order to implement the revised community/collection structure.
  • Friday, Sept. 14 – K-Rex will be down all day to switch over to the new interface.

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Graduate students: Invite an ETDR consultant to your meetings

Does your department have a weekly seminar for graduate students? Does your graduate student association have regular meetings? If so, plan to invite an ETDR consultant to one of your meetings to review the best ways to use Microsoft Word to format your  electronic thesis, dissertation, or report (ETDR)Continue reading “Graduate students: Invite an ETDR consultant to your meetings”

Grad students: Don’t miss the ETDR Overview

The Graduate School and the Information Technology Assistance Center are offering a one-hour overview of the electronic theses, dissertations, and reports program (ETDR). The sessions will be on these dates:

  • Friday, Sept. 21, 2-3 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-noon

Both sessions will be in the Town Hall of the Leadership Studies Building.   Continue reading “Grad students: Don’t miss the ETDR Overview”

Extramural Funding Awards Database available for K-State researchers

Developed by K-State Libraries and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs,  the Extramural Funding Awards Database was released this summer.  It provides information on funding awarded by federal, state, local, and private agencies to Kansas State University faculty and researchers, including the award title, dollar amount awarded, funding agency, investigators, and the college/department of the investigator(s).

The database features a keyword search and can be browsed by college, department, investigator, or sponsoring agency. Coverage includes grants, contracts, and other funding awarded within the last five years and will be updated quarterly. Current coverage is through March 2011.

Questions about information contained in the database should be directed to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 785-532-6195, research@k-state.edu.

Free tool: LaTeX (“Typesetting Beautiful Documents”)

Price: Free (freeware)

• Mac or PC
• LaTeX distribution files 
• LaTeX editor

Where to get it: See the “Installing” section below

What it is: LaTeX (pronounced “LAY tek” or “LAH tek”) is a document processing system based on the computerized typesetting system TeX.

What it does: Some consider LaTeX a word processor, but it’s very different than Microsoft Word. LaTeX handles most of the presentation and formatting aspects of document preparation, allowing the author to focus on content.

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Using Word videos now online for ETDRs

The Information Technology Assistance Center has several new videos available to help with using Word 2007 to write your Electronic Theses, Dissertation, and Reports. These 2- to 3-minute, narrated videos show specific examples in Word 2007 and are helpful if you’re just starting to work with Styles.

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Graduate students: Using equations in your ETDR?

If you’re using Word 2007 and plan to add equations to your thesis or dissertation, be sure to save the ETDR template as a Word document (.docx).  Do not check the “Maintain compatibility with Word 97-2003” box.

If you save the template as a Word 97-2003 document (.doc) or with compatibility maintained, you will not be able to use the Word 2007 Equation editor in your document.

If you run into problems with equations in your ETDR, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@k-state.edu, 785-532-7722) and ask to meet with an ETDR consultant.