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Thesis Hub: Producing your thesis or dissertation in Word

This online course uses Lynda.com videos and lecture recordings to show you Word's features that are helpful when producing a long document such as a thesis or dissertation.

Thesis Hub: Producing your thesis in Word with style!

The course is divided into 6 sections:

  • Before you start writing - The University's thesis regulations; Planning your document; Tips for backing up your work.
  • Formatting your document - How to view non-printing characters; All about styles (applying, modifying and creating your own); The navigation pane; Numbered headings.
  • Page layout - Changing page margins; Headers, footers and page numbers; All about section breaks; Creating a landscape page within your document; Double-sided printing.
  • Adding content - Tables; Images; Captions; Track changes.
  • References - How to add footnotes and endnotes; Cross-references; Advice about citing references.
  • Bringing it all together - How to combine separate chapters into a single document; Inserting an automatic table of contents; Tables of figures and tables.

We have another self-enrol Learn course that may also be of interest: Choosing a reference manager.

Enrolling on the course

This is an online self-paced Learn course. To enrol, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit www.learn.ed.ac.uk
  2. Click on the Login with EASE button and enter your EASE credentials.
  3. Click on Self-Enrol at the top right-hand side.
  4. Click on the Browse Course Catalogue button within the Course Catalogue section.
  5. In the Search Catalogue search box, type “Thesis Hub” and click Go.
  6. To enrol, click on the down-pointing arrow next to the course title and choose Enrol.
  7. Click Submit followed by OK. You should now be able to view the course.

If you experience any access issues, please contact the IS Helpline at is.helpline@ed.ac.uk.