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students:thesis_template

### Honours Thesis Template

Care of Bradley Meyers, offered as an alternative to the PhD template below.

Read the instructions below as they are all still relevant.

- Paul.

### LaTeX Thesis Template

Download this file and fill in your details. Write each chapter in separate .tex files with the appropriate names. Use BibTeX for your bibliography. Make a separate coverpage. Don't change any of the wording. See below for full description.

Thesis Template - open it using Kile or the LaTeX editor of your choice (WidEdt, gedit etc).

This file defines the formatting etc. You can fiddle with that to some extent, but not much. The words need to not be changed (ie statement of degree, declaration, citations) as they conform to Curtin's policy for theses (hidden in here if you're interested Broken link). Curtin don't include the uni logo on the titlepage, which seems unusual, but we'll go with their rules, seeing you have to get your coverpage officially approved, so they must mean it about the no image. Actually this coverpage DOES NOT comply with what they require as I have my title in big capitals, which isn't what their examples have, but I think this looks better. However you'll need to do another in Word just to keep them happy, and get that one approved and include it in your final binding.

So this file just creates a bunch of links to other files which should live in the same directory as your thesis - chapter1.tex, bibliography.bib, etc. You can put Abstract, Acknowledgement and Conclusions in separate files too, I just haven't. You may have to mess with the pagebreaks to get the text for each part starting on an odd (RHS) page. Also for some reason the {book} document class for me did something odd with vertical spacing, so sometimes, like in the list of figures and abstract, I've had to include a \vspace*{fill}. You may find you can live without them, you may find you need them in your chapters. {report} style doesn't do this, but it also doesn't off-set left or right for binding.

Examples of what the other files might look like can be found here (at least, this is where I made my stuff from!): http://cs.anu.edu.au/grad/ANU-thesis-template.zip

Despite the fact that that sets you up for an inline bibliography, you should use bibtex so you can easily change referencing styles if it turns out you don't want Chicago Author-Date (which is what I've used because it's the wider referencing style that governs the Chicago journals including ApJ).

References should live in a text file called something like bibliography.bib and look like this:

  @article{Ardeberg,
author = "Ardeberg, A.",
year = "1983",
month = "May",
title = "{S}ite selection for a {V}ery {L}arge {T}elescope",
journal = "Proceedings of {W}orkshop on {ESO}'s {V}ery {L}arge {T}elescope, {C}argese, {F}rance, May 16-19, 1983",
ISBN = "A84-48051 23-89",
pages = "217--254"
}

which you cite as \citet{Ardeberg} or \citep{Ardeberg} according to whether you want your reference as inline text or in parentheses, respectively. (ie Smith (2006) vs (Smith, 2006)).

If I've missed something important, let me know.

Hope this helps.

-Claire

students/thesis_template.txt · Last modified: 2016/08/11 07:44 by paulhancock