No, you don't have to use the template. Yes, it WILL save you more time and effort the earlier you start using it, as previous graduates will testify.
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Each ETDR template is simply a Word document with sections and features added to save you time. Both templates contain the Graduate School's required formatting (title pages, margins, page numbers, etc.) plus automated generation of the Table of Contents, List of Tables, and List of Figures.
Download a Word template and save it to your computer
The templates work on both Macs and PCs, and can be opened in any version of Microsoft Word. They are in Word 2010-2013 (.docx format) but if you're using an older version of Word, you may be able to save the file in Compatibility mode (.doc format).
The ETDR master's and doctoral templates are designed to work with Microsoft Word 2007 and up, on both Macs and PCs.
Whenever Microsoft creates a new Word version, it typically provides compatibility with previous Word documents, so the templates should work with current and future versions of Microsoft Word.
NOTE: K-State no longer supports Office 2003 (including Word 2003) because Microsoft stopped supporting Office 2003 in April 2014.
- Ask to meet with an ETDR consultant for a personal overview on using the template. Highly recommended! Contact the IT Help Desk (785-532-7722, firstname.lastname@example.org). Meetings can be in person or videoconference.
- If you're a distance student or don't have time, download and read the ETDR Handbook (PDF). It provides an overview and many of the details you'd get in a meeting.
- Do ALL your writing in the template and use it as your master file.
- Want to focus on writing? Keep just the Title, Table of Contents, and Chapter 1 heading -- and start writing. Delete the other sections (Abstract, Copyright, Acknowledgements, etc.) and add them back in when you're almost done.
- If your professor only wants one chapter at a time, show them how easy it is to go directly to the chapter they want, by clicking in the Table of Contents or using the Navigation Pane (click it on the View tab).
- Delete sample text in the template when it's no longer needed. It illustrates Word features such as heading levels, images, tables, and captions.
- The template makes extensive use of Styles (the "power tools" in Word). If you're not familiar with Styles, read the Styles instructions for your Word version (go to Using Word, select your Word version, and click About Styles).
The LaTeX template uses a separate file for each section of your ETDR and is designed to be compiled with PDFLaTex. The template will not compile with "regular" LaTeX. The template is configured with page margins and other formatting required by the Graduate School and will automatically generate a table of contents, a list of figures, and a list of tables. If you write your ETDR in LaTeX, you are not required to use this template.
Download the LaTeX Template
- Click to begin downloading the LaTeX template. The same template is used for doctoral and masters papers.
- The template consists of several files compressed into a single file. Create a new directory named "latex_source" and use an appropriate utility to decompress the file into this directory.
- Study the Instructions for Using the LaTeX ETDR Template (PDF). Additional guidelines are contained within the template.
Please contact the IT Help Desk if you have questions on using the LaTeX template.