Senior Thesis Support
Preparing Your Manuscript for
Beginning in May 2009, students should submit
their completed Senior Honors Thesis to archives in
digital form. Upload your manuscript into
Digital Collections and Archives here:
Submission Guidelines for Undergraduate Honors
The following information is based on specifications
made by Tufts University Office of Digital
Collections and Archives
There should be a one-inch margin at the top and bottom
and at the left and right sides of the page. The right
margin should not be justified (aligned) unless it can
be done without leaving large gaps between words.
Figures, Tables, and Appendices
If you will be referring to a visual image, table,
chart, map, or graph, it is normally best to include it
in the body of the text, as close as possible to that
portion of the text where you discuss the figure.
An appendix (or appendices) is reserved for the complete
texts of surveys, statistics, lists, graphs, and maps
that are too long or too peripheral to be included in
the thesis text itself. If you are not sure if something
should be incorporated into the text as a table (or
figure) or appended to the end of the document, talk to
Page numbers should be centered on the bottom of the
page. "Every page of the paper, including blank pages,
must be assigned a page number. Although counted in the
pagination, the number should not appear on the title
page or on other display pages such as the copyright,
epigraph, or part titles." (Turabian, Section 14.6; see
also Sections 14.7 - 14.9). Usually, the first page of
the thesis itself begins with the Arabic numeral 1.
Pages before this—such as title page, acknowledgements,
and table of contents—are numbered with small Roman
numerals, such as i, ii, ii, iv, etc. The title page is
number i, but do not print any numeral on this page or
on the acknowledgments page, if included. Subsequent
pages, such as the table of contents, would be numbered
ii or iii. The first page of your thesis text is number
1, but do not print any number on this page. The page
numbers would appear on the second and subsequent pages
of the thesis. The pages of the bibliography and any
appendices should continue the Arabic numbering of the
thesis text itself.
|Order of Pages:
||(i)-- does not appear
||(ii ) -- does not appear
|Table of Contents
||(1), 2, 3, etc. . . .
||continue Arabic numerals
from last page of thesis
|Endnotes (if not using
||continue Arabic numerals
||continue Arabic numerals
The title should be centered on the horizontal measure
of the area within the margins of a page of text. It
should be one-third of the way down the vertical measure
of the page and should be typed in capital and lower
case letters with no end punctuation. If it takes more
than one line, it should be double spaced and the second
line should begin with a capital letter whether or not
it otherwise would do so. Centered five lines below it
should be the statement: An honors thesis (or project)
for the Department of __________. On the next
double-spaced line below should be centered the author's
name (in the same form as in other official college
records). On the last line of the typing area of the
page should be centered: Tufts University, 2010.
Tufts archives discourages students from including an
acknowledgements page in their Senior Honors Thesis
except to acknowledge professional academic support from
those outside the thesis committee (for example, special
funding, access to special archives maintained by a
scholarly organization, or feedback provided by an
You should use the style of citation recommended for
your field—MLA style for English, literature, foreign
languages, and the humanities; APA style for psychology
and many social sciences; Chicago style for any field.
Ask your advisor if you're not sure.
Instructions for citing references are contained in any
of the standard style manuals:
- Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition (Z253 .U69
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th
- A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and
Dissertations, by K. Turabian
To cite electronic resources, e.g. Internet sites,
consult Electronic Styles; a Handbook for Citing
Electronic Information, second edition, by Xia Li
and Nancy B. Crane
You may still submit your Honors Thesis manuscript
to Archives as a bound, printed manuscript. If you
choose to do so, here are some guidelines for how the
manuscript must be bound.
The thesis should be "velo bound" with a clear mylar
cover on the front and a heavy stock paper on the back.
The title page should show as the first page after the
clear mylar cover.
Tips: Gnomon Copy Center on Boston Avenue in
Medford does this kind of binding. Past seniors have
found the service available at Gnomon Copy Center in
Cambridge to be superb—you can submit your thesis to
them in electronic form for super-fast service. See
their website at
www.gnomon-copy.com. Staples may also do it—check
around for prices.
Remember: You will need one copy for Tisch archives
and one copy for your department. Most seniors like to
make several extra copies for themselves and their
Some honors projects result in products other than the
traditional printed text (e.g. videotape, CD, large
format artwork, etc.). Please contact the University
Archives for information about submitting these types of
Archives@tufts.edu or call 627-3737.
Tufts University Office of Digital Collections and
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