This class is for all graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty who are interested in finding out how MS Word — often the source of much cursing during a writing project — can actually assist them in their academic writing. This class will show you features of Microsoft Word can help you simplify and standardize your document formatting. At the end of this class you should be able to:. Use the Connection Status dropdown bottom right corner to choose to view help offline or online. Using online help will allow you to access additional Microsoft Office resources. If you are working on a dissertation or thesis, please consult the Graduate School's Guide for Formatting and Submitting Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses for the official formatting guidelines.
In the last post on thesis writing tips for Word , I showed you how to make an outline for your thesis in Microsoft Word. You should now have a document outline with a list of headings for your sections maybe even with a few sections filled in if you were feeling motivated to make a start! From here, our next set of thesis writing tips for Word move on to:. A thesis requires a detailed table of contents that lists the headings and page numbers of each section. Rather than manually scrolling through your document making notes of where everything is and having to go back and change numbers every time you [or your supervisor] add something new or move a section why not let Word do all the hard work?
Please note: this course covers using word on Windows, not Mac. I plan to add a mac version soon. Working with Word can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you're writing a very long document with references, tables, equations, figures, appendices, running heads and more. But if you know the right steps, and follow them carefully, you can produce a beautifully formatted document without feeling like you're fighting against the software. This course aims to make it as easy as possible to set up and modify your formatting and make it look fantastic.