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Oceanographic Campus Library - Portfolio, Capstone, Thesis, and Dissertation Binding Instructions: Thesis Binding

Instructions for binding finished work and submitting for graduation.

Thesis Templates

Thesis Links

Thesis Binding Requirements and Guidelines

THESIS Binding Requirements:

  1. SUBMISSION: Submit your final manuscript for review & approval online via the NSUWorks portal:  
    • Please note: All Capstone, Thesis, and Dissertation signature pages are now submitted electronically by committee members in the NSUWorks online ETD submission system.
  2. PRINTING: Once your manuscript is approved by all your committee members in NSUWorks, printed copies must be generated to send to the bindery. 
    • One(1) copy for the program office is required.
      • Additional copies can be requested if a student desires personal print copies.
    • The cost of printing & binding is the student's responsibility, and payment can be submitted online to the library. 
    • There are 2 printing options available to select from:
      1. You Print = $25/copy
        • The student prints the required number of copies for the library to bind.  The NSU OC Library will provide the required paper as part of the cost, and you can use your SharkCard pay-for-print allocation for printing.
      2. We Print = $30/copy
        • ​​The NSU OC Library prints your manuscript copies for binding for you for an additional $5 fee per copy.  This would enable you to complete the entire process online/remotely.   
  3. FYI: Binding can take up to 4+ weeks.

Formatting of Paper: ​

  • Documents must be formatted and printed singled sided (double sided copies will not be accepted). 
  • Create a title page that follows the format shown in the template available on this page. 
  • Include keywords - place them after your abstract on the same page (if possible). Keywords should be important terms not included in your title.


  • Left-hand margins = 1.5 inches

  • All other margins = 1 inch


  • Times New Roman

  • 12 Point Font


  • 1.5 spaced, except for:

    • Abstract should be single spaced.

    • Figure & Table captions should be single spaced (The caption for a figure appears below the graphic; for a table, above).

    • References should be single spaced with a hard enter between each citation or a layout space between each one.

Citation and Writing Style

As part of your online submission process you will be required to upload your thesis into NSU’s Institutional Repository, NSUWorks.  Please review the copyright statements contained therein before submission.  While entering text into the appropriate fields, please take note that the email address you provide will be the only form of contact for your thesis in the event that someone needs to ask for your permission to use or view it.  Please use a permanent email address.  Embargoes will only be approved for works that are being published in a journal or if a grant stipulates an embargo.

You will need to create an account in NSUWorks if you do not have one is fast and free! 


Taken fromDirections for the Thesis Track Student​

NSU Oceanographic Center Guidelines to the Thesis Student 
  • Definition of the Thesis: 
A thesis is an original contribution to knowledge resulting from the systematic study of a significant problem or issue. The following is an outline of the various sections of a traditional, quantitative thesis. The format is presented only as a guide. For more in depth information, consult your major professor. 
  •  Thesis: The thesis should contain the following sections: 
• Title page
• Approval page (generated by NSUWorks)
• Abstract *
• Acknowledgments 
• Preface (optional) 
• Table of Contents - (detailed; this serves as the outline and section headers as well) 
• Body of Thesis 
       1. Introduction 
       2. Statement of Purpose or Objectives 
       3. Methods and Materials 
       4. Results 
       5. Discussion 
       6. Summary and Conclusions 
       7. References 
       8. Appendices (optional) 
  • *The thesis must include an abstract as well as keywords for literature searches. 

To avoid additional tuition, the final thesis must be submitted to the program office within four weeks of the oral defense. Theses with major revisions after the oral defense will be required to register for an additional term.


Search for past NSU OC Theses by title, author, and year.

If you would like to request a digital copy of a document, please fill out the online form below, or email the Oceanographic Campus Library at

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