Two walk-in help seminars are scheduled September-October for graduate students who want faster help on thesis/dissertation formatting, Microsoft Word, and LaTeX. Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) sessions are scheduled:
Wednesday, Sept. 13 — 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 18 — 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Both sessions are in 407 Hale Library. Hale 407 has Windows computers, and attendees are welcome to bring their own Mac and Windows laptops.
How to use K-State’s ETDR writing templates (Word and LaTeX)
Timesavers, tools, and solutions in Microsoft Word
Review your ETDR to meet Graduate School requirements
Prior publication and copyright resources
Automated features (Table of Contents, figure/table captions, and more)
Each session starts with an overview of ETDR resources and concludes with a question/answer period. Leave as soon as your questions are answered, or stay and learn more about ETDR resources and using Word efficiently.
Distance students or others who cannot attend may request an ETDR meeting via Zoom webconference, in person, or by phone. Class presentations are also available in person or via Zoom. Use the ETDR request form (K-State eID/password required) to specify what help you need and to schedule meeting times. Response time is 24-48 hours.
New thesis/dissertation requirements for 2017
These changes are now mandatory for all theses, dissertations, and reports submitted in 2017 and on:
The summer deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, for submitting electronic theses, dissertations, and reports (ETDRs) to the Graduate School via the K‑REx repository system (krex.k-state.edu).
Walk-in help sessions are scheduled the last three days of the ETDR deadline week:
Wednesday, Aug. 9 — 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 — 2-5 p.m.
All sessions are in the Media Development Center, 213 Hale Library, which is adjacent to the IT Help Desk. The MDC has both Windows and Mac computers, and all of them have Acrobat Pro for optimum PDF conversion.
Zoom conferencing for distance students
During the deadline week, students not on the K-State-Manhattan campus can schedule individual Zoom conferences and phone meetings by using the ETDR Request Form (K-State eID/password required) on a first-come, first-served basis.
Want a preliminary review of your ETDR?
Before you submit your ETDR to K-REx, use the ETDR Review Checklist to catch 99% of errors that cause ETDR rejections.
Use the ETDR Request Form (requires eID/password sign-in) to get a review by the ETDR consultant. Use the “paperclip” icon at top to attach your Word file or PDF, and specify “Email” as the contact method.
The spring semester deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, for submitting theses and dissertations to the Graduate School (via the K-REx system).
Grad students who miss the last weekly ETDR walk-in clinic 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 12, in Hale 301A) may be glad to hear more ETDR help sessions are scheduled every day of the ETDR deadline week April 17-21:
Monday, April 17 — 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 — 9-noon Thursday, April 20 — 1-5 p.m. Friday, April 21 — 1-5 p.m.
Master’s and doctoral students who are writing or having formatting issues with their theses and dissertations are encouraged to attend Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) weekly walk-in clinics 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday through April 12 in 301A Hale Library, even during spring break.
Stop by and get your Word and LaTeX questions answered. Leave when you like. Stay and learn more tips, timesavers, and solutions. Bring a laptop if you want specific help on your ETDR. Topics vary (depending on your questions) but usually include:
Getting started using K-State’s ETDR writing templates
Reviewing ETDRs to meet Graduate School requirements
Adding figure/table captions
Plus your specific formatting needs
Distance students or those who cannot attend may request an ETDR meeting in person, by phone, or via Zoom webconferencing. Class presentations are also available in person or via Zoom. Use an ETDR request form (K-State eID/password required) to specify help needed and schedule meeting times. Response time is 24-48 hours.
Reminder: New requirements for spring 2017
Last August, updated ETDR writing templates went on the ETDR website with three changes that are now required for all theses, dissertations, and reports submitted in spring 2017 and on:
Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) weekly walk-in clinics are scheduled 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday from Feb. 1-April 12 in 301A Hale Library. These are for graduate students who want faster help on thesis/dissertation formatting or Microsoft Word or LaTeX issues. Topics include:
Using K-State’s ETDR writing templates (time-saving Word, LaTeX files)
Microsoft Word tools, tips, and solutions
Reviewing ETDRs to meet Graduate School requirements
Automated Table of Contents, figure/table captions, cross-references
Update from the Graduate School Oct. 28, 2016: Students graduating in fall 2016 may use the new title, author, and copyright formats but are not required to do so. Beginning in spring semester 2017, the Graduate School will only accept ETDRs formatted with the following new requirements.
Updated ETDR templates went online in mid-August. Graduate students and faculty advisers should be aware that major format changes were made this summer to the title, author name, and copyright statement in the 2016 Word templates for Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports. In addition, a new 500-word limit on abstracts (350 previously) was added to incorporate a change in January from the Graduate School.
ETDR templates downloaded prior to mid-August 2016 need to be updated to meet the new guidelines. For students who haven’t started writing in those templates, it may be faster to download a new template. To get help modifying an older ETDR template, submit an ETDR Request Form (eID/password required).
Students who need faster help on thesis and dissertation formatting — and solutions for pesky Microsoft Word problems — can attend walk-in Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) clinics 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tuesday from Aug. 23-Nov. 8. All sessions are in 301A Hale Library.
The first session is Tuesday, Aug. 23. Bring a laptop and your lunch. Leave as soon as your questions are answered, or stay and learn about ETDR resources and how to use Word more efficiently.
“Tapping Social Media Data with NCapture and NVivo 11 Plus” will be offered 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 22, in 401B Hale Library. This presentation provides an overview of the NCapture browser add-on (to Chrome and IE) as a tool for extracting information from social media platforms and will explore how the extracted data is analyzed using NVivo 11 Plus, a qualitative and mixed methods data analysis tool. (The NVivo for Mac now enables this functionality as well.)
All K-State graduate students are required to submit their electronic thesis, dissertation, or report (ETDR) as part of the K-State graduation process. Some struggle with this process. The lucky ones have friends or colleagues who told them to start using a K-State ETDR template as soon as they begin writing. Because the sooner an ETDR writing template is used, the more it saves time and helps avoid formatting errors.
Stop by the new ETDR walk-in help sessions offered this semester: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday, Feb. 3-April 20, in 301A Hale Library. Or make an appointment with an ETDR consultant by submitting an ETDR Request Form (requires eID and password).