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Graduate Research: Graduate Writing

This guide provides resources for graduate students in the midst of thesis or dissertation work here at Florida Tech. Here you will find strategies, best practices, and resources to help with all phases of your research.

Style Guide Resources in the Evans Library

Add your ETD to the Scholarship Repository

How to add your thesis to the Scholarship Repository

  1. Complete and return the Thesis Acknowledgment form to the Office of Graduate Programs.
  2. Convert your thesis or dissertation to PDF format (instructions).
  3. Submit your thesis to the Scholarship Repository at

To learn more about Florida Tech's scholarship repository, electronic thesis and dissertation copyright issues, or PDF conversion and document submittal, please visit the Adding your thesis to the Scholarship Repository research guide, or contact Dr. Holly Miller.

Step-by-Step Submission

Click below for a step-by-step walk through of uploading your PDF thesis or dissertation to the Florida Tech Scholarship Repository.


Formatting a Thesis

Incorporating Sources

Once you have assembled the resources that you will cite in your paper, it is important to read and identify points that support your own, as well as points that present differing opinions. You want to be able to address all sides of the issues related to your thesis to make your arguments stronger.

Create a first draft of paper using your ideas only. This allows you to find your own writer’s voice and clearly develop your points before adding your gathered research material. You will need to add as much as is needed to fully support your points, making your ideas completely clear for your audience. 

Now how do you integrate portions (or quotations) of your source material throughout your own thoughts in a logical manner?

There are several ways to blend source materials into your final document.

Full quotations are verbatim sentences or passages that are surrounded by quotation marks, with in-text citations following each. These can be considered when the support material to be quoted would be incomplete otherwise. Be aware of the rules required by your citation style for longer quotations; some styles require indentation or other special formatting.

Partial quotations are useful when only a portion or even one word from the source is needed to provide validity to your own work. These are also surrounded with quotation marks and include in-text citations.

Paraphrasing is a useful strategy when the original source contains good information, but is poorly written or written in a style that makes it difficult to read or understand. Paraphrasing, or restating another person's writing in your own words, allows you to maintain the original ideas in the source material but incorporate them more smoothly into your own writing. Paraphrased content does not contain quotation marks, but it does require in-text citation.

Summarizing source material lets you convey the message in the source material but with fewer words. Rather than restating all of the details in the support material, summaries retain the most important idea of the material, providing general support for your own writing. Summaries are not quoted, but are always cited.

Regardless of the ways you use the material, be sure to properly cite and attribute credit to the author’s work.

Find more great information about paraphrasing from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Find a short interactive quiz about summarizing and paraphrasing from McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Citation Tutorials

Some additional helpful resources for citations:

Online Links:

•Formatting Style Guides:
•Association Websites:

Submitting your thesis or dissertation electronically

Learn more about the ETD submission process.

Thesis & Dissertation Editing Support

Dr. Judy Strother, Professor Emeritus, provides thesis and dissertation editing services to graduate students for $25 per hour. Students can e-mail Dr. Strother at to arrange review services.


The Center for Excellence in Communication exists to assist students with editing their academic papers. The Center offers editing services to both faculty and graduate students for academic documents such as journal articles and books, as well as theses and dissertations. Contact Dr. Heidi Edwards for more information regarding the editing process at


The Academic Support Center on campus now provides writing assistance and review services for graduate students! You can bring your paper to the Academic Support Center for help Monday through Friday, or you can drop your paper off and pick it up later. An English faculty member will review your work or work with you. You can submit up to 10 pages at a time for review. Visit their webpage and contact Rodd Newcombe, Center Director, at


You can get a free formatting check via the Office of Graduate Programs.

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