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Contents

Course Reserves and E-Reserves
Access to Online Databases
Interlibrary Loan
Privileges at Other Libraries
Graduate Theses
     Registrar’s Deadlines
     Library Requirements
     Type of Paper
     Margins
     Page Numbers
     Page Assembly
     Multimedia
     Support
     Bibliographic Style
     Theses Title and Signature Page Samples

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Course Reserves and E-Reserves

Items placed on reserve by instructors are available at the Brooklyn and Manhattan circulation desks, or are available online through the Libraries' catalog, PrattCat.  For information on accessing these items, see our Course Reserves page.


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Access to Online Databases

Access Databases via the Pratt Libraries Website. Simply click on the link to a database to enter it. You will automatically be prompted for your Pratt OneKey username and password when you click on any of the database links from off campus.


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Interlibrary Loan

Need books, articles, or other materials that our library lacks? Just submit an interlibrary loan request for what you need, and we will obtain the material from another library for you. See our Interlibrary Loan page for more information.


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Privileges at Other Libraries

The Pratt Institute Libraries belong to consortia that allow members of the Pratt Community access and in some cases, borrowing privileges at other libraries in the New York City area. See Using Other Libraries for more information.


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Graduate Theses

The Brooklyn Campus Library acts as a depository of theses, the final academic project required for graduation from most of Pratt's graduate programs. Please see the complete Libraries Thesis Guide for details.

 

Registrar’s Deadlines

  • September 15 for October graduates (Summer semester)
  • January 15 for February graduates (Fall semester)
  • June 15 for May graduates (Spring semester)
  • Students must submit his/her own thesis in person, unless it is submitted by a representative from the academic department.

Note: Do not use the dates above on the thesis title page. The date that appears on the thesis title page is the month and year of graduation, not  the date of completion or the deadline.

The Libraries accepts completed theses submitted after the Registrar's deadline. The Late Thesis Submittal Form is no longer required to submit a late thesis. However, all late thesis submittals are reported to the Registrar. Submitting a thesis late may delay graduation. Consult your Academic Department and the Registrar’s Office to addresses issues of lateness.


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Library Requirements

  • Theses must be printed on 8 ½” x 11” watermarked, acid-free, minimum 20-lb. weight white paper for preservation purposes.
  • Appended images may be printed on the acid-free paper of your choice and must adhere to the required margins.
  • The title and signature pages follow a standard format (see sample signatures pages below).
  • The Library’s copy must have original signatures from all required parties (including your advisor and/or department chair).
  • All visuals and supplementary information must be submitted with the thesis and presented as specified below.
  • A thesis submittal fee of $100 is paid upon submission.
    • You will be given a slip to take to the Bursar, where you pay the fee.
    • This pays for two copies, one of which you get to keep.

Any manuscript that does not meet these standards will be returned for correction.

Required copy:

-Please submit one* complete, signed copy to the Library unbound (boxed or in an envelope).
- The library uses an outside vendor for standardized binding.

*History of Art and Design students must submit two required copies
 

Optional Personal copy:

- Students may choose to submit an additional, personal copy of the thesis for binding at no extra cost.
-  After binding, the optional personal copy may be mailed to the student or collected from the library.
-  Optional personal copies are not required to meet thesis formatting requirements (listed above).
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Type of Paper

  • Watermarked, acid-free, minimum 20-lb. weight
  • White color
  • 8 ½ x 11” paper
  • Ordinary paper, such as that used in the computer labs, is unacceptable because it deteriorates quickly.
  • Appended images may be printed on the paper of your choice and must adhere to the required margins.


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Margins

  • At least 1.25" on binding side
  • At least 1" on all other sides


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Page Numbers

Page numbers should be placed in either the top right or bottom right corners. Page numbers need not fit within the margins.


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Page Assembly

  • Title page (*REQUIRED)
  • Signatures page (*REQUIRED)
  • Acknowledgements
  • Table of contents
  • List of illustrations
  • Text of the thesis (*REQUIRED)
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices
  • List of works exhibited
  • Multimedia (slides, CD-ROM, VHS, etc.)

* REQUIRED elements are required for library submittal. However, your department may require more. Check with your thesis advisor for details about what to include in your thesis.


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Multimedia

  • On submission of the completed thesis, you should:
  • Label videotapes, CD-ROM discs and cases, etc. with your name, platform and software applications.
  • Submit CD-ROMS/DVDs in a plastic jewel case.
  • Number slides individually and label each one with your first initial and family name.
  • Submit videotapes in an archival quality box or sleeve.
  • Place slides in a soft Mylar slide sheet of archival quality, leaving the first column and top row empty (see diagram below).
  • Provide an exhibition checklist and title it "List of Works Exhibited" that corresponds to the image numbers and identifying information.


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Support

The primary source of guidance in terms of content, organization, documentation and format is your thesis advisor. Members of the library faculty are also here to help you. We can advise you on research strategies, techniques and sources. We will help you locate materials and arrange access to them. For assistance please ask at the Reference Desk or contact a librarian directly.

For general assistance or research or citation-based questions:

Contact the Library reference desk by phone at (718) 636-3704, or by email at libref@pratt.edu. You can also drop by in person at the Brooklyn campus library Reference Desk or Manhattan Campus Library Reference Desk.

In addition, Pratt's Writing and Tutorial Center, located on the 1st floor of North Hall, offers one-on-one editorial help. Call (718) 636-3459 for an appointment, or just stop by during scheduled hours.


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Bibliographic Style

Style manuals are how-to books giving practical information and examples on preparing your manuscript. They vary in the methods used to cite sources -- from parenthetical references to footnotes to endnotes.
Your department and/or thesis advisor will suggest the style manual that is most appropriate to your discipline. Several manuals are available in the reference section of the library:

Barnet, Sylvia. A Short Guide to Writing About Art, 9th edition, 2000.
Call number: 808.0667 B261S9

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.
The most detailed; widely used for scholarly publication.
Call number: 808.02 C232M14

Kate L. Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 6th ed.
A simplified adaptation of Chicago, geared to graduate students.
Call number: 808.02 T93M6

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 2nd ed.
For graduate students and scholarly and professional writers.
See http://www.mla.org/style for more details about MLA Style
Call number: 808.02 G437ML

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.
Intended for undergraduate writers but often used by graduate students and other writers.
See http://www.mla.org/style for more details about MLA Style
Call number: 808.027 M24

Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.
Style manual widely used in the Social Sciences. Appendix A discusses theses.
Call number: 808.02 P976A6

See also: Style Guides.


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Theses Title and Signature Page Samples

 

Every graduate department has unique title and signature page format requirements. In order to submit your thesis to the library, you must use the appropriate format for your respective degree. You can download title and signature page templates for your department on our Graduate Thesis Guide.

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