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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

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THESIS Binding Requirements:

  1. Your final thesis submission is done online electronically through the Oceanographic Campus Library.  From this, one required print copy will be produced for the Program Office.  All components of the thesis will be submitted digitally online through the Oceanographic Campus Library for printing and binding, except for the signature pages which must be delivered to the library staff once signed.

  2. One(1) copy for the program office is required for printing & binding through the Oceanographic Campus Library.  Additional copies can be requested if a student desires personal print copies.

  3. Signature pages must be printed on 20-25% Cotton Bond Paper, which is available from the Oceanographic Campus Library at no cost to the student.  (If you need to find the paper on your own, it can be purchased at Office Depot, Staples, etc.).
  4. Documents must be printed/formatted singled sided (double sided copies will not be accepted). 
  5. Make a title page and signature page that follows the format shown in the templates available on this page. 

  6. Get signature pages signed in blue ink.  Signatures must be original - scanned or photocopied signature pages will not be accepted. 

  7. Formatting of Paper: 


    • Left-hand margins = 1.5 inches

    • All other margins = 1 inch


    • Times New Roman

    • 12 Point Font


    • 1.5 spaced

    Citation and Writing Style

  8. Include keywords - place them after your abstract on the same page (if possible). Keywords should be important terms not included in your title.

  9. Provide the library with a copy of the paper in PDF format for printing & binding via online submission system.

  10. The cost of binding is the student's responsibility.  Payment of $24 for each black & white copy, or $34 for each color copy to be bound (postage additional if we have to mail any copies to you) can be submitted online to the library. 

  11. Printing & Binding can take up to 4+ weeks.

  12. 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.

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
• 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