Electronic Thesis & Dissertation

ETD Workshops & Help Sessions

The Office of Graduate Studies offers both workshops and help sessions in order to help students understand the requirements, responsibilities, and deadlines of the ETD process.

What's the difference between the Workshop and the Help Session?

The ETD Workshop is a full overview of the ETD process and requirements, and is offered in person one to two times per semester, as well as an online alternative that can be completed 24/7 (directions below).

Our Group Help Sessions are designed to allow students come in to meet with us for 10-20 minutes, where we answer any questions you may have, help with tricky issues in Word, or perform a quick review of common mistakes. Please note, the help sessions are not a substitute for the ETD Workshop. They are two completely different events.

ETD Workshop | Spring 2020
Date Time Location
January 30 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM BSN 1201

NOTE: You may want to bring your laptop to take notes about the process and some formatting tips.

 Live streaming is available for the ETD Workshops. Request here.

NEW! Fundamentals of Copyright Law Workshop

Thursday, February 13, 2020
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Tampa Library (LIB) 209
RSVP: https://usf.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_37PJgNftHIQYmTbLive streaming available. Request when registering.

Presented by LeEtta Schmidt, MLS, Copyright and Intellectual Property Librarian, USF Tampa Library

While you are researching or working on your thesis or dissertation you are making use of a wealth of different resources: published articles, books, images, software, datasets, etc. All, or almost all, of these things are protected by intellectual property laws like copyright. This session will introduce common copyright issues encountered during the research, publication, and the writing of theses and dissertations.


ETD Group Help Sessions | Spring 2020
Date Time Location
January 22 2:00pm - 4:00pm ALN 216
February 5 2:00pm - 4:00pm ALN 216
February 14 10:00am - 12:00pm ALN 216
February 19 2:00pm - 4:00pm ALN 216
February 28 10:00am - 12:00pm ALN 216
March 4 2:00pm - 4:00pm ALN 216
March 13 10:00am - 12:00pm ALN 216
March 18 2:00pm - 4:00pm ALN 216
March 27 10:00am - 12:00pm ALN 216
April 1 2:00pm - 4:00pm ALN 216
April 10 10:00am - 12:00pm ALN 216
April 15 2:00pm - 4:00 pm ALN 216
April 24 10:00am - 12:00pm ALN 216
April 29 2:00pm - 4:00 pm ALN 216

NOTE: Be sure to bring your Word document on a laptop or flash drive. We can also review printed copies or PDF, but cannot easily assist with formatting issues without the Word document.

ETD Workshop (In Person)

To help you navigate the ETD process, we have created a workshop that provides critical information, including:

  • an overview of the process;
  • a review of submission deadlines and requirements;
  • student and faculty responsibilities;
  • use of Microsoft Word;
  • formatting requirements for the manuscript;
  • time management tips; and
  • resources to assist you in the preparation and completion of the ETD.

All thesis master's and doctoral students are strongly encouraged to attend an ETD Workshop (either in-person or online) during the semester prior to graduation - so that you have the information before writing/editing the majority of your thesis/dissertation. If you do not complete the workshop, you may have major issues formatting which could incur an additional $25 fee for extensive revisions/reviews.

Understanding the ETD Process & Responsibilities Tutorial

A major portion of the workshop is the "Understanding the ETD Process" presentation by the workshop leader. Click here for the most current slideshow used in the workshop. Please note that you should always check the ETD Deadlines page for the most up-to-date deadlines.

ETD Workshop (Online)

Students who are not on campus (distance students) or cannot make the in-person workshop should review the Understanding the ETD Process Tutorial (links above) as well as review the various parts of the ETD Resource Center website - particularly the Formatting Requirements section and the Master's/Doctoral ETD Submission Process Checklist.

Please note - if you don't review this carefully and your ETD requires a lot of comments/changes, you may be charged an additional fee for the document not meeting formatting requirements.

ETD Online Workshop | To Do
  1. Review the "Understanding the ETD Process" slideshow and the "Top 10 Mistakes" slideshow
  2. Review the entire ETD Resource Center, paying close attention to:
    • Deadlines
    • Requirements - Registration, Submission, Fees
    • Information - Previously Published Materials, Copyright & IRB Approvals
    • Plagiarism Check
    • Process Checklists
    • General Formatting - Margins, Fonts, Headings, Line Spacing, Page Numbering, etc.
    • Section Specific Formatting - carefully review each section

ETD 1-on-1 Help Sessions

Each semester, the Office of Graduate Studies hosts ETD 1-on-1 Help Sessions to assist students with the preparation of their final manuscript and to answer student questions regarding all aspects of the ETD process. The sessions are run by the Office of Graduate Studies editorial team and are designed to provide one-on-one help to students in a non-stressful atmosphere. Students are assisted on an individualized basis; no appointments are necessary. Students should bring a laptop, or if necessary, a thumb drive, as computers will not be available at the Help Sessions and/or printed copies of the manuscript for review, as printing will also not be available at the Help Sessions. It is highly recommended that students thoroughly review the contents of the ETD Resource Center--specifically the ETD formatting sections--prior to attending an ETD Help Session.