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Handbook for the Preparation of the Master of Arts in English Creative Thesis Note: All students should use the Handbook for the Preparation of the Thesis or Research Paper in order to correctly format their papers/projects and should supplement with other specialized handbooks that may come from their departments or are available online. Students must submit an electronic copy of their thesis to the School of Graduate Studies. Whether or not they choose to also submit a hard copy is up to the discretion of the student and the thesis advisor. English Department Bemidji State University 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, #23 Bemidji, MN 56601-2699 218-755-2880 FAX: 218-755-2822 June 2008, Revised1 CREATIVE THESIS FORMATTING For Table of Contents and for in-text headings Follow the guidelines in the Graduate Thesis Handbook for page margins, numbering, and correct front matter setup. Font throughout: Times or Times New Roman, 12 point. In the actual creative text, other fonts and sizes may be used as appropriate for effect. TABLE OF CONTENTS Times or Times New Roman font, 12 point; not bold, not Italic, 12 point, left aligned; spacing as noted. Use Title Case (first letter of words capitalized except for articles and prepositions, unless they are the first word) or use the font formatting as it occurs in the piece (for example, a poem title that is all lower case). See examples. _______________________________________________________________________ [Header] [Last Name] v TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter Page I. Artist’s Statement ....................................................................................................1 (A title page must be used for Chapter I as it is for Chapter II. See *) (1 blank line) II. Creative Work: Title of Collection* .......................................................................5 Story, poem, essay, etc. title ...................................................................................6 Story, poem, essay, etc. title ............................................................................... etc. poem title, no caps Story, poem, essay, etc. title Etc. (1 blank line) Bibliography or Works Cited ........................................................................................... etc. _______________________________________________________________________ * Due to the nature of the creative thesis, in the text this page will contain only the words Chapter I (line break) Artist’s Statement, or Chapter II (line break) Title of Collection. The creative work will begin on the subsequent page.2 THE TEXT PROPER Chapter headings and section headings in the text shall be unranked, i.e., all will be in the same font as the text (Times or Times New Roman, 12 point, no bold, no Italics) unless other formatting is necessary for the creative work. Prose is double-spaced with a five-space indent (or .5 tab) for new paragraphs. No double-double spacing between paragraphs. Prose Titles of the individual pieces, chapters, or sections may be presented as appropriate to the piece. Consistency throughout the document is appreciated. If the piece, chapter or section has no title, it should be listed in the Table of Contents as Untitled, however, the title line may be left blank in the text itself. Each essay, story, or chapter, can begin on a new page or can continue on the same page as the previous piece. The title between the sections may be formatted as desired, but consistency should prevail throughout the thesis. Poems embedded in prose text may be formatted as appropriate to the creative work. Poetry Poems may be titled, a first line may be repeated as a title, the word Untitled may be used in lieu of a title, or the title line may simply be omitted. However, in the Table of Contents, an untitled poem should be listed as Untitled. If a poem is embedded in prose text, the author may format it any way she or he chooses. However, the formatting should be consistent throughout the text, when that is appropriate. In general, each poem is identified with its title in Title Case (first letter of words capitalized except for articles and prepositions, unless they are the first word) unless other formatting is particular to the creative piece (such as a poem that uses no capital letters). In general, each poem should start on a new page, unless imbedded in prose text.3 SAMPLE TABLE OF CONTENTS [Header Example] Hauser v TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter Page I. Artist’s Statement ....................................................................................................1 II. Creative Work: Meeting Myrtle.............................................................................18 First Lesson ............................................................................................................19 Untitled ..................................................................................................................32 This is Quite Enough of That .................................................................................51 Highway Two.........................................................................................................70 Works Cited .......................................................................................................................89 Note: See the Handbook for the Preparation of the Thesis or Research Paper for correct formatting of the additional front matter pages.4 SAMPLE INTERIOR PAGES CHAPTER I TITLE PAGE: [Header Example] Hauser 1 Chapter I Artist’s Statement (use page margins as stated in Graduate Thesis Handbook) (text does not begin on this page) _______________________________________________________________________ CHAPTER II TITLE PAGE: [Header Example] Hauser 18 Chapter II: Creative Work Title of Your Work Here (use page margins as stated in Graduate Thesis Handbook) (text does not begin on this page) _______________________________________________________________________ CHAPTER II TEXT: [Header Example] Hauser 19 Title of Story, Essay, Chapter or Poem (aligned center) OR Title of Story, Chapter, Essay or Poem (aligned left) If the piece has no title, the heading Untitled may be used or


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