We talked about formatting theses and especially bibliographies.
In one respect, a thesis is a familiar kind of project. It’s roughly equivalent to three papers. You have written three papers. Just do that.
But the physical product will be a lot more like a book than a paper. For one thing, it will be bound. For another, it has room for what is called front matter: title pages, dedications, introductions, acknowledgements, and a table of contents.
I made up a sample document with many of the sections you might want for the front matter of your thesis.
I would keep this as a separate file, apart from the chapters of the thesis. Front matter is not typically paginated along with the rest of the book. Combining the front matter into one file with the chapters will make your page numbers difficult to manage as Word will want to make the title page one and so on.
Use what Word calls sections to make the pages for each part open on the right or odd page. This is described in the document. You can do the same for the chapters of your thesis.
Section breaks are most easily managed in Draft View. You will see blue lines that indicate where the section break falls. To get rid of a section break, delete those lines.
If you want to be really fussy, you can set a gutter. A gutter shifts the text away from the binding by a small amount. Here is why that matters. The binding on your thesis takes up some of the margin, such that text that is in the middle of the page when the paper is loose will appear to be shifted to one side when it is bound. A gutter offsets the effects of binding by adding to the margin on the left side of odd pages and the right side of even pages. That makes the text appear in the middle of the visible part of the page even though it is actually slightly off to one side. You set a gutter in Word like this: Format -> Document -> Margins -> Gutter. I set the gutter for the front matter at 0.25".
I recommended using Zotero to manage and produce your bibliography.
I also recommended using the Chicago styles. “Chicago” is short for the Chicago Manual of Style or CMS. The Chicago styles are widely used in both the humanities and social sciences and we have an electronic copy of the style guide available to us through the library. (It has an extensive section on grammar and English style that is worth consulting as well.)
You should consider one of three styles for your references.
Generally speaking, the author-date styles are used more often in the natural and social sciences while the note styles are used more often in the humanities. But which one you use is a matter of personal preference. I myself use the last one, the Chicago note style.
You cannot rely on web services to get the citation right. Let me say this as plainly as I can: they are terrible. You are best off entering citations into Zotero by hand. That way you understand what is going in to your citation. You can use Zotero’s tools to import citations from a source like the library or a journal’s website. But you have to review it carefully because there will be errors. So get started doing it by hand.
What should you enter? Here are some decent rules of thumb. When in doubt, consult the CMS.
Generally speaking, for journal articles, you need this information.
You do not need the publisher or URL to a repository like JSTOR. Journals are independent of publishers (they often switch around, in fact). And a JSTOR URL is like a call number for a book: it’s just one place where the article can be found, not an essential piece of the citation. Journals can go in and out of JSTOR but the citations for the articles remains the same.
For books, the following information usually suffices.
For websites and blogs, Chicago recommends:
There was a handout for this class: 19.theses.handout.pdf