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Grad students: More ETDR walk-in help sessions scheduled Nov. 1, Nov. 8

In response to recent inquiries from graduate students, two more walk-in help sessions on Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) have been scheduled this semester: 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, in 407 Hale Library. These come-and-go help sessions are primarily for students graduating this semester.

ETDR walk-in help sessions are designed to give fast help on formatting theses and dissertations, Microsoft Word, LaTeX, and ETDR questions.  About 30 Windows computers are available in Hale 407.  Attendees are welcome to bring their laptops for specific help.

If you plan to attend, it will help to accommodate more students if you create an ETDR request form ahead of time and specify a meeting time (Nov. 1 ETDR session 5-6 p.m. OR Nov. 8 ETDR session 5-6 p.m.)  Otherwise, students will be asked to create the online request when they arrive.

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Grad students and faculty: Final ETDR walk-in seminar Oct. 18

Graduate students who missed the September walk-in seminar on Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) may want to attend the October session 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in 407 Hale Library. This is a come-and-go seminar, so students can stay for more tips and timesavers, or get their answers and leave.

ETDR walk-in help sessions provide faster thesis/dissertation help on formatting, Microsoft Word, LaTeX, and ETDR questions.  About 30 Windows computers are available in Hale 407.  Attendees can bring their laptops if they need specific help.

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Grad students and faculty: Two ETDR walk-in seminars September-October

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.

Topics include:

  • 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:

  • Title format must be in sentence case (not ALL CAPS)
  • Author name format must be in standard name format with uppercase/lowercase, as shown in KSIS records (not ALL CAPS)
  • Copyright line new format:  © Firstname Lastname 2017.

For more resources, see the ETDR website.

Grad students and advisers: ETDR walk-in help sessions Aug. 9-11

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?  

  1. Before you submit your ETDR to K-REx, use the ETDR Review Checklist to catch 99% of errors that cause ETDR rejections.
  2. 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.

More about ETDR resources is on the ETDR website at k-state.edu/grad/etdr.

More ETDR walk-in help sessions scheduled April 17-21

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.

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Thesis and dissertation walk-in help 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Hale 301A

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
  • Prior publication
  • 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:

  1. Title format must be in sentence case (not ALL CAPS)
  2. Author name format must be in standard name format with uppercase/lowercase, as shown in KSIS records (not ALL CAPS)
  3. Copyright line new format:  © Firstname Lastname 2017.

Grad students and faculty: Weekly ETDR walk-in clinics in spring 2017

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
  • Prior publication
  • Automated Table of Contents, figure/table captions, cross-references

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Grad students and faculty advisers: Major changes on ETDR templates for fall 2016

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).

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Grad students and faculty: Weekly ETDR walk-in clinics for fall 2016

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.

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Grad students: Summer ETDR walk-in clinics offer thesis, dissertation help

Graduate students who need faster help formatting their theses and dissertations can get it at the Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports walk-in clinics scheduled over the next four weeks:

  • Thursday, July 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 401B Hale Library
  • Thursday, July 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 401B Hale Library
  • Thursday, July 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 401B Hale Library
  • Wednesday, Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 401B Hale Library

Walk-in help session

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