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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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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”

Graduate students: Contact the IT Help Desk for ETDR assistance

Staff from the Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC) are available to meet with graduate students to help with any problems they’re having  using Word or LaTeX to write and format ETDRs (Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports). To graduate in this spring semester, ETDRs must be submitted by April 26.  See Graduation Deadlines for details.  Continue reading “Graduate students: Contact the IT Help Desk for ETDR assistance”

Grad students: Don’t miss ETDR overviews on Feb. 20, March 7

The Graduate School and the Information Technology Assistance Center are offering two  overviews of the electronic theses, dissertations, and reports program (ETDR) on these dates:

  1. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2:30 p.m. Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building
  2. Thursday, March 7, 2 p.m. Union 206

No registration is required.  These sessions are open to all graduate students.  Those planning to begin writing their thesis, dissertation, or report should definitely attend. The overview will:

  • Review Graduate School requirements
  • Offer tips for writing your paper in Word
  • Review copyright issues
  • Illustrate the ETDR submission process

“Microsoft Word tips, tools, and troubleshooting” sessions on Library Day Nov. 7

K-State faculty/staff and graduate students who want to learn more about Microsoft Word’s timesaving features — or who have Microsoft Word problems, questions, and puzzles — are encouraged to attend any of four “Microsoft Word tips, tools, and troubleshooting” sessions at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Hale 401 during Library Day.  Continue reading ““Microsoft Word tips, tools, and troubleshooting” sessions on Library Day Nov. 7″