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UBC Library Research Commons: Thesis Formatting

Consultation Hours

For more personalized assistance, you can request a 1-on-1 consultation with one of our grad student assistants for any of the services listed below: 

Consultations are available ONLY during the following times, for the January to April 2018 term:


Citation Management:

  • Mondays 12:30 pm - 2 pm
  • Tuesdays 9 am - 12 pm
  • Wednesdays 12:30 pm - 2 pm


  • Thursdays, 2pm-4pm


  • Wednesdays 10 am - 1 pm
  • Thursdays 10 am - 1 pm

SPSS or R:

  • Mondays 11 am - 12 pm
  • Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm AND 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 10 am - 12 pm


  • Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Friday 10 am - 12 pm

Thesis Formatting:

  • Mondays 12:30 pm - 2 pm
  • Tuesdays 11 am - 1 pm
  • Wednesdays 12:30 pm - 2 pm
  • Thursdays 11 am - 1 pm


For assistance with literature and systematic reviews, research data, etc. contact the liaison librarian for your subject.

Thesis Formatting Support Services

Need help with formatting your thesis? The Research Commons provides a thesis template and guides plus support via appointment or in our weekly workshops to help make this process easier for you. We provide workshops and 1-1 consults on the following:

Resources for Checking and Preparation

These resources are designed to help you check the formatting of your thesis. Review these documents early in the writing process and use them to check your work before you submit your thesis to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.



Answers to some of our more frequently asked thesis formatting questions. For more assistance with using our template, please see the Guides section of our site.

Helpful Links

Thesis Formatting Template

Workshop Materials

Handouts and resources used in our Little Things Mean a Lot: Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis workshops are listed below. Questions? Please contact us.

How are we doing? Let us know!

Did you attend one of our workshops or have a one-on-one consultation with a member of our team? We'd love to get your feedback!


Little Things Mean a Lot: Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis

Our weekly Thesis Formatting workshops run every Wednesday at 10am-12pm, and are held in Koerner Library, room 216. Check out the full schedule for our upcoming workshops above. 

Worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Would you like to know more about how to use the formatting features in Microsoft Word?

Research Commons staff will help you with your questions about the nuts and bolts of formatting: page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more!

As well, find out more about the resources that are available to help you in writing your thesis/dissertation. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process are welcome; some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word will be helpful.


Submitting Your Thesis Workshop
We highly recommend a related and complementary workshop: Submitting Your Thesis, presented by Graduate and PostGraduate Studies. Check the G+PS event calendar for dates and times.