Documentation:Research Commons/Other Resources
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS)
While we can help you with the nuts and bolts of how to format your thesis using Word, it is important to remember that the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Studies has the ultimate say in whether or not your thesis conforms to the thesis specifications. Current formatting specifications are covered in detail on the G+PS Formatting Requirements page.
Other essential thesis topics covered on the G+PS Dissertation and Thesis Preparation page include
- Thesis Basics
- Ethical Issues
- Structure of UBC Theses and Dissertations
- Formatting Requirements
- Thesis Preparation FAQ
- Resources for Thesis Preparation and Checking
- Thesis Pre-Reviews Get your thesis pre-reviewed by G+PS before you submit! (Required for PhD students submitting for external examination; highly recommended for Master's students)
The UBC Writing Centre can help you with thesis writing in a number of ways.
- Tutoring is available at their Tutorial Clinics or online Writers' Workshops.
- They offer 6 week workshops (in-person and online) on Writing for Graduate Students.
- For information on how and when to cite, they have links to a number of online resources (such as the Purdue Online Writing Lab) that can help with that.
The UBC Copyright Office can assist you in clarifying whether you need permission for materials from other sources (images, graphs, figures, etc.) which you're including in your thesis; they can also help you in obtaining that permission if necessary. Their comprehensive thesis and dissertation copyright guide is a good place to start looking for answers to your questions.
UBC has two research ethics offices which can help you: the Office of Research Ethics, if your work involves humans, and the Office of Research Services, if your work involves non-human subjects. If you have any questions about whether your research needs ethical approval, please contact the appropriate office as early as possible in your research process. If you're unsure, complete the checklist available through G+PS.
cIRcle (UBC's Institutional Repository)
Graduate Pathways to Success
GPS offers a number of workshops to help you through the thesis-research and thesis-writing processes, as well as various other aspects of grad school. As well, if you're interested in forming a thesis support group, they have resources which you may find helpful.
UBC Library Guide for Graduate Students : Guide to library services and research support available to graduate students.