Writing and Thesis Preparation Resources
Sul Ross Library Resources
The Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library on the Alpine campus of Sul Ross State University subscribes to over 100 library databases, which are large searchable collections of references on a variety of topics. View the recorded workshop found at the link below to learn more about how to use these databases to search for references, how to get those references from journal collections that Sul Ross owns (both in print and and in electronic format), how to get references from other libraries through the inter-library loan service, and other important resources available to graduate students enrolled as Sul Ross.
Other Literature Search Tools
Below are some online literature search tools. Keep in mind that Sul Ross may own references that you identify with these alternate tools and may be able to obtain references that they don't own through interlibrary loan at little or no cost to you. Before buying access to any article, be sure to check the library's periodical holdings list and the periodicals in electronic format list to see if Sul Ross already owns it. Sumbit an interlibrary loan request for any references that the library does not own.
Before beginning to write, determine in what style your paper should be written. You instructor should have provided you with this information when the assignment was made. If you are not sure what style to use, consult your syllabus or talk to your instructor.
Various style manuals and writing guides have been acquired for your reference here in the Center. Below is a listing of those manuals and guides:
Citation Guides and Tools
Bibliographic and Reference Management Software (all free)
General Writing Resources
Thesis Format Guidelines
School of Arts and Sciences
The School of Arts and Sciences has developed guidelines for students preparing theses in art, biology, english, geology, history, political science, political science/public administration, and psychology. This document can be obtained from the Dean's office or from your advisor.
The School of Arts and Sciences requires that all theses be submitted to Dr. Beverly Six for final proofreading. For a guide to the marks commonly made by proofreaders, visit the following site:
School of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
The School of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences does not currently have formal thesis guidelines. If you are preparing a thesis in Animal Science or Natural Resource Management, consult with your committee chair for thesis format guidance.
Thesis Formatting in Word
If you need personal assistance with a writing assignment, contact the Graduate Student Center.
The Writing Center is also available to assist you. Contact them by phone at 837-8270, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the Writing Center in MAB102.