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Thesis Preparation Seminar

Specific considerations:
  •  Does the title page clearly summarize your thesis topic
  •  Does the introduction include a clear statement of the problem and its importance
  •  Did you review the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 4th ed. (APA)
  •  Does the approval page include the title, names and lined spaces as specified
  •  Does the abstract contain the four essential components:  state of the problem, procedures or methods, results and conclusions and all within 150 words
  •  Does the table of contents list every heading in exactly the words that appear in the body of the document
  •  Does the text open with an introductory chapter, followed by sections devoted to literature review, study methodology, results and discussion
  •  Does the literature review all/only citations that bear directly on the thesis.
  •  Does the methodology section describe in specific detail how the study was conducted, why it was selected, and why an approach was not selected.
  •  Do the results and findings summarize the study highlights, data, and not repeat what can be read from the tables.  In the text, are clear references made to the tables discussed.
  •  Does the discussion include why the study was done and how it contributes to its field.  Does it confirm the work of others or add to the so-called body of scientific knowledge.
  •  Does the appendix follow the explicit format defined the APA guide.

General considerations

  •  Is the type font no smaller than 10 point.
  •  Are all pages correctly numbered.
  •  Are all quotations absolutely accurate and reproduce the exact words, spelling and punctuation of the original, even if they are faulty.
  •  Are short quotations (less than two lines) incorporated into the text and set off by quotation marks.
  •  Are longer quotations (three or more lines) set in block style, single spaced, indented five spaces, and the first lines of paragraphs within the quotations set off by an additional three spaces.
  •  Under all circumstances, are commas or periods preceding the closing quotation mark.
  •  Are all references complete and absolutely as current as possible.
  •  Are tables, figures, charts and illustrations done according to the guidelines.
  •  Did you proof and use spelling/grammar checkers at least once yourself.
  •  Did you have a friend or colleague read your final draft completely prior to discussion with your advisor.

Updated D. Cunningham, 03/7/06  

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