Sample Thesis Format Abstract

Thesis Submission Procedures

Graduate Policy on Thesis Format
The Faculty of Graduate Studies accepts theses either in monograph or manuscript format. A thesis written in monograph format organizes chapters around a central problem, for instance, with an Introduction, a Literature Review, and chapters on Methodology, Results, and Conclusions. In the manuscript format, the chapters treat separate elements of the research program, typically incorporating several discrete articles suitable for journal publication. Theses written in manuscript format may include the following:
• Published articles
• Submitted articles
• Unpublished work in publication format
Publication or acceptance for publication of research results before presentation of the thesis in no way supersedes the University’s evaluation and judgement of the work during the thesis examination process. Theses written in manuscript format must include the following:
• Connecting materials that integrate across the different chapters/articles, including at minimum an overarching introduction and a concluding discussion chapter.
• The student must be the principal or sole author of any included manuscripts and must have had a major or sole role in the design of the research, and the preparation and writing of the manuscripts.
Thesis Submission Procedures
Refer to the document "Thesis Schedules and Procedures" for steps involved up to the final oral examination.
In order that a candidate for a degree may be recommended to the Senate of the University of Guelph for the degree, all course results, final reports of the candidate's Examination Committee, one copy of the thesis and library clearance must be submitted to Graduate Program Services by the date given in the Calendar.
Please note that thesis submission must take place in Graduate Program Services NO LATER THAN 3:00 p.m. on any working day.

Please refer to the sample below for the preferred format for thesis preparation:
ABSTRACT                                                        (in caps, centred)
                                                                                      (triple space)
                                               THE TITLE OF THE THESIS                           (in caps, centred)
                                                                                      (triple space)
James John Jones                                                                              Advisor:
University of Guelph, 1992                                                                Professor J. G. Smith
                                                                 (triple space)
     This thesis is an investigation of. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  (double-spaced throughout)

The required sequence of the components in the thesis is as follows:

  1. Title page, including international copyright symbol
  2. Abstract
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Table of Contents
  5. List of Tables (if any)
  6. List of Figures, Illustrations, Plates (if any)
  7. Body of Text
  8. Bibliography or References
  9. Appendices (if any).

An abstract is required for each thesis, whether master's or doctoral. The abstract should be a concise and accurate summary of your work. It must not be more than 150 words in length for the master's and not more than 350 words in length for the doctoral, to allow for publication by University Microfilms International. Texts exceeding these limits will be shortened.
Numbering of pages is to be as follows: 1 and 2 in the above list are NOT numbered; 3,4,5,6 are numbered in small roman numerals (e.g. i,ii,etc.); page 1 (arabic) of the thesis is the first page of the body of the text; thereafter, each page is numbered sequentially to the last page of the last appendix. Page numbers should be centred approximately 5/8" from the top or the bottom of the page.
Copies: The first official copy of the thesis must be the original printed copy. It is essential that all remaining copies of the thesis be clear and clean and printed on acid free paper. It is recommended that copies be obtained from University Design and Print, located in the basement of the University Centre or from a professional copy service. Copies made on some copy machines are of unacceptable quality to Graduate Program Services; if you are planning to have your copies made somewhere other than University Design and Print or a professional copy service, it is wise to check with this office to be sure that they will be acceptable.
Tables and Figures: Tables and figures are generally the main form in which results are expressed. It is essential that they be given considerable thought and be carefully prepared.
1.         Figures should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Figures should be drawn with black India ink on tracing paper at least 50% larger than the size desired in a publication. Curves should be about 0.8 mm thick, the axes about 0.5 mm, the grid lines about 0.4 mm. Lettering on the abscissa and the ordinate should be in upper case, about 5 mm high and 0.5 mm thick. For easy reading titles should appear on a facing page, and should be self-explanatory.
2.         Tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. The titles should indicate the contents of the table and be self-explanatory. Tables should be arranged to have only horizontal lines.

3.         Tables and figures may be on separate pages immediately following first reference to them in text. In the text the words Figure and Table are capitalized, in the captions abbreviation Fig. is used.
4.         The number of significant digits used to present the data should be consistent with the accuracy of the methods employed.
5.         Where data have been analyzed statistically, limits of significance should be shown by asterisks:
                        * = ps (0.05);    ** = ps (0.01);       *** = ps (0.001)
6.         Abbreviations of units should follow current style.
All scientific journals do not use the same format in listing references. In order to give guidance to the student and a degree of uniformity it is recommended that the format used in the CIFST Journal be followed.
The student's attention is drawn to the following examples of reference listing. For the sake of uniformity and acceptance of the thesis by Supervising and Examining Committees the student is strongly advised to follow these examples in careful detail, even to the inclusion of every comma, period, space, etc., as shown below. Note that each reference supplies the reader with sufficient information so he may find the original material if necessary.
Research papers
Jones, A.B. 1960. Temperature relationship in freeze dehydration. Production Res. 25: 76.
Jones, A.B. and Wildman, C.D. 1969. Mechanical harvesting of watermelons. Food Res. 14: 222.
Smith, R.J., Pearman, N.S. and White, A.T. 1969. Tenderness in beef. Can. Inst. Food Technol. J. 12: 19.
            APHA. 1967. "Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products". 12th ed, Chapter 4. American Public Health Association, Inc., New York.
Collins, C.H. and Taylor, C.E. 1967. "Microbiological Methods". p. 134. Plenum Press, New York.
Louder, E.A. and Hodson, A.Z. (to Pet Milk Co., St. Louis, MO). 1958. Instantly soluble milk powder and process for making same. U.S. Patent 2,832,686.
Patent cited
Evans, M.T. (to Unilever N.V.). 1970. N-succinylated egg yolk proteins. German Patent 1,951,247. Chem. Abstr. 73: 34013d.
Anderson, R.F. 1970. Whey problems of the cheese industry. Proc. Whey Utilization Conference, June. University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Papers presented
Maldo, F. and Odom, K.R. 1973. Utilization of pineapple waste. Presented at Fifth International Congress of Chemical Engineering, July, Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Deddy, S.G. 1969. Influence of lactic cultures on microbiological deteriorations in ground beef. Ph.D. thesis, Oklahoma State University. Stillwater, Okla.
Not yet published
Wang, L.C. Soybean polyamines. Distribution in seeds and soybean products (in preparation). U.S.D.A., Northern Regional Research Laboratories. ARS, Peoria, IL.
Copyright Material: An authorization to reproduce copyright material beyond brief excerpts must be obtained from the copyright owner and submitted with the thesis. According to the National Library and Archives Canada: "Please ensure that you haven't included copyrighted material from other sources unless you've received written permission from the copyright holder(s).
This may take quite some time especially if some of the copyrighted material is older, if the copyrighted source(s) you need to contact is out of the country and/or you need to contact multiple sources. We strongly recommend that you contact the copyrighted source(s) early in your thesis preparation.
You may have already published a portion of your thesis, for example as a journal article or part of a book. If you have assigned the copyright to your publisher you need to obtain written permission to include it in your thesis. Please inform your publisher about the Theses Non-Exclusive License you have signed with Library and Archives Canada.
If you've written your thesis with a co-author, he or she must sign a separate license.
If your thesis includes material (e.g. a chapter, an article) that has been co-written with another author(s), you need permission from the author(s) before submitting it to Library and Archives Canada (via your university) for publication. Please inform the co-author(s) that you have signed a Theses Non-Exclusive License that authorizes Library and Archives Canada to reproduce, communicate to the public on the Internet, loan, distribute or sell copies of your thesis, among other things.
In all cases written permission must accompany your thesis."
Theses are rejected by National Library for microfilming for many reasons. The major reasons for rejection are:

  • Theses Non-Exclusive Licenses which are not signed
  • missing pages.
  • poor legibility of print
  • copyright permissions missing.

Thesis Submission: After you have successfully defended your thesis at the final oral examination, and have made any required changes to your thesis, it is then necessary to submit to Graduate Program Services one official copy of your thesis for final approval. Your thesis will be checked while you wait. At that time, you must be prepared to pay the graduation/parchment and National Library fees and to settle any outstanding university accounts.
Graduate Program Services requires that all copies must be on acid free paper and of superior print and copy quality and with a minimum of typographical or other errors.
Please provide two additional copies of your titlepage and one additional copy of your abstract.
Thesis Binding: Binding will be handled by University Design and Print in the lower level of the University Centre. Upon final approval of your thesis in Graduate Program Services, an email will be sent to the student and a copy to University Design and Print. Once University Design and Print has received this email, you may then put in a request with them to have the required departmental copy and further copies of your approved thesis printed and bound. Each thesis to be bound should be placed in a letter sized folder. Payment for binding copies will be made to University Design and Print.
Theses are normally bound on a two-week turnaround basis; pickups and deliveries to University Design and Print are made on every other Thursday.
Margins are important! There will be ⅛” lost from the left-hand side of the page with the sewing and binding. There will be ⅛” trimmed from the top, bottom, and right-hand side of the page. If you have a fold out map or graph, please take care to ensure that the fold on the right hand side is well within that ⅛” boundary; otherwise, your page will be cut in the middle with the trimming.
You may choose any colour for the binding from the sample book in University Design and Print. If your department has a colour preference, you should abide by that preference.
BINDING PRICES: may be obtained from University Design and Print
Graduate Program Services will be responsible for packing, shipping the master copy for microfilming and binding. University Design and print will be responsible for packing, shipping and receiving all other bound copies.
Distribution of Theses: The first copy of the thesis will be sent to the National Library of Canada for microfilming. When it is returned, it is bound and deposited in McLaughlin Library permanently. The second copy is bound immediately and shipped to your department; for permanent deposit in the thesis collection. Although it is not a university requirement, it is traditional for you to supply your advisor with a bound copy of your thesis.

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