Friday, 25 Aug 14:00


Multifunction Room
Level 1, 1888 Building (Graduate Student Association), University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010, Victoria

Many graduate students and even academics lack the practical skills required to create a long and complex document. Only about fifty percent of graduate students know about using styles in Word, and far fewer know how to use them well. If you’re in this situation, this seminar will offer an eye-opening and enjoyable review of the demanding task of formatting a 30,000–100,000 word thesis.

 It shares the secrets of Microsoft Word you'll wish you'd known when you first started studying, and enough advice and tips to help research students tame their formatting to get on with their writing.

 There’s no need to bring a computer or your thesis along, and you’ll be given a handout. On completion of the seminar participants should have learnt enough to create a self-formatting thesis, with automated:

  • table of contents
  • numbered figures, tables and pages
  • bibliography
  • running heads or titles


Presenter: Michael McBain originally worked in scientific publishing, but subsequently went on to a career as a faculty and research manager in several Victorian universities, including the University of Melbourne. He maintains his interest in publishing, and has taught word and thesis courses for over twenty years, during which he has revamped and tamed over fifty doctoral theses. He has been loosely involved with public 'big data' projects like GovHack, Melbourne Open Data, and 'Shut Up and Hack'. He holds degrees in science, arts, information management, and spatial science.


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