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How to Create an Effective Thesis Statement in 5 Easy Steps
Creating a thesis statement can be a daunting task. It’s one of the most important sentences in your paper, and it needs to be done right. But don’t worry — with these five easy steps, you’ll be able to create an effective thesis statement in no time.
Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas
The first step is to brainstorm ideas for your paper. Think about what you want to say and write down any ideas that come to mind. This will help you narrow down your focus and make it easier to create your thesis statement.
Step 2: Research Your Topic
Once you have some ideas, it’s time to do some research on your topic. Look for sources that support your ideas and provide evidence for the points you want to make. This will help you refine your argument and make it more convincing.
Step 3: Formulate Your Argument
Now that you have done some research, it’s time to formulate your argument. Take the points you want to make and put them into one or two sentences that clearly state what your paper is about. This will be the basis of your thesis statement.
Step 4: Refine Your Thesis Statement
Once you have formulated your argument, it’s time to refine your thesis statement. Make sure that it is clear, concise, and specific. It should also be arguable so that readers can disagree with it if they choose.
Step 5: Test Your Thesis Statement
The last step is to test your thesis statement. Does it accurately reflect the points you want to make? Is it clear and concise? Does it make an arguable point? If not, go back and refine it until it meets all of these criteria.
Creating an effective thesis statement doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these five easy steps, you can create a strong thesis statement in no time at all.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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Dissertation binding: Premium leather book binding to make the perfect impression
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- Color Selection: Available in blue, black, red, and green
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- For dissertations with a page count of 10 - 370
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The look inside function allows you to do a final check of your dissertation online right before printing and binding. The innovative function enables you to browse through your binding and check your formatting, your tables, charts and illustrations before you place your order for printing. Also, additional options to your binding are displayed, such as CD self-adhesive sleeves, triangular corner pockets or large formatting and fold-out pages.
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Standard leather book binding – the alternative for dissertation binding at the highest level
- Surface: Smooth, shiny, and textured, leather look
- Available in: Blue, black, red, and green
- Individual Embossing: On leather binding in gold, silver, and black
- Corners: In gold, silver, and black
- Ribbon: In gold, silver, black, white, and blue
- For dissertations with a page count of 10 - 370 pages
Thermal binding is an affordable binding for multiple copies for dissertation printing
- Back Cover Material: Matte, textured, leather look
- Front Cover Material: Transparent plastic
- Colors: Blue, black, green, red, gray, yellow, white
- For a dissertation with a page content of 2 - 450 pages
Spiral binding is the most affordable binding for dissertation printing
- Spiral Variants: Metal and plastic
- Surface: Transparent front cover so the title page of your dissertation is visible, back page in textured surface
- Back Page Colors: Blue, black, green, red, gray, yellow, white
- Our Recommendation: For a dissertation with a page count of 1 - 300 pages
Softcover for flexible cover design for dissertation binding
- Design: Printable cardboard cover for a customized design
- Binding: 300g/m² glossy premium paper with magazine look
- Our Recommendation: For a dissertation with a page content of 20-150 pages
Give your dissertation the packaging its valuable content deserves. Why invest 3 to 5 years of blood, sweat, and tears in costly research and then content yourself with basic packaging? Choose the type of binding that matches the years of work.
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1. how long does dissertation binding take.
If you decide for dissertation binding with BachelorPrint, we recommend that you keep an eye on the countdown above and make use of the delivery time calculator as soon as possible. The next day express delivery is free of charge at BachelorPrint.
Visit the print shop to see your exact delivery date.
2. What are the costs for dissertation printing?
The most important factor for most students when it comes to dissertation printing is the price. The price includes factors such as: type of binding and number of pages when printing and binding your PhD thesis. You can calculate the exact price for your dissertation printing beforehand here: Print Shop
Do you want to print your dissertation for example with 20 pages and bind it with the premium leather binding with additional embossing, the calculated price is $64,80. This is 45% less compared to other market prices! Plus: with BachelorPrint, your order is delivered for free!
At BachelorPrint, we use 100 g/m² premium-paper as standard for printing and set the same price for color – and black/white printing.
3. Where can I order my dissertation binding?
To have your dissertation printed and bound, you can either go to a copy shop or simply order your dissertation binding online. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
One advantage of the print shop is that you can conveniently place your order from home. You configure your binding and then look at the end product using our 3D live preview. Then simply order and get your order delivered the next day for free.
4. Which type of binding is recommended for a dissertation?
We also recommend high-quality binding for important work, such as the dissertation. For this reason, the leather binding is our top recommendation! It not only looks noble and high quality, but also gives your examiner a perfect first impression.
5. Which paper to use for printing and binding a dissertation?
For work such as dissertations, either the 80 g/m² paper or the 100 g/m² paper is often used. At BachelorPrint we use the 100 g/m² paper as our standard, as it is not only more robust, but also feels better when you browse through the thesis. However, if you want to print and bind your dissertation on both sides, we recommend that you even use the 120 g/m² paper to ensure that the text does not show through.
If you want to know more about the right paper for your dissertation, follow this link to our blog post: Which paper for dissertation printing & binding?
6. How can I save money when printing a dissertation?
With BachelorPrint you have many options to have your dissertation printed and bound inexpensively. Additionally, you can also get embossing for ‘type of work’ free of charge, as well as express delivery.
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BachelorPrint as an online printing service offers you several advantages like:
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Dissertation Printing and Binding Service
We have offered dissertation printing and binding service for over 25 years, our undergraduate dissertation binding is printed in full colour using a laser printer with options for single or double-sided dissertation printing. We then finish the dissertation with a plastic spiral binding to the left-hand side with a choice of covers. Our dissertation binding is offered as a nationwide service and you can order your dissertation binding online with complete confidence, the process is quick and easy and your bound document will ship the same working day. Collection from our Hull branches is also available please see below for more details.
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If you study at The University of Hull we offer a collection from store service, your dissertation will be printed and ready to collect from one of our 2 Hull branches the same working day making it very quick and easy to order your dissertation binding online.
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DISSERTATION PRINTING AND DISSERTATION BOOK BINDING
We have been printing and binding paperback and hardback books for over 20 years and one of the growing areas we are seeing is thesis and dissertation printing. With our custom hardback binding equipment we are able to offer your thesis or dissertation a high level of printing and various options to make your dissertation printing unique.
We can print and bind your thesis or dissertation as a paperback book or a casebound hardback book. Either option will result in you receiving a high-quality book printed and bound. All our book printing and binding services are completed in-house which ensures our quality checks are carried out on every printing run we complete.
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As specialist book printers, we work with a variety of customers to produce some unique books. A growing trend for us is our thesis and dissertation printing. We have produced a number of books in this genre as casebound hardback books with various unique options such as; cover foiling, embossing and spot UV.
You can have your thesis or dissertation printed and bound at almost any size as a paperback or a hardback. Our most common size for thesis and dissertation printing is in either Royal format (234x156mm) or A4 format (297x210mm).
If your thesis or dissertation is at a custom size, as long as it is over A6 and under A4 landscape then we will be able to print and bind it as a paperback or a hardback book.
We have a vast range of paper types to choose from depending on the content of your book. Our most popular paper types are below;
80gsm Opaque - Good for nonfiction books and good for keeping the costs low. Opaque 80gsm is our cheapest paper and helps with cheap book printing if you are on a budget.
100gsm Opaque - Also good for non-fiction books. As it is a heavier paper than the opaque 80gsm it is better for colour images as there will be less show through. It is more expensive than the opaque 80gsm but only by a little.
80gsm Munken Bookwove White - This is the standard paper for novels and fiction titles. It is a slightly off-white paper with a slightly rough/textured feel. It is also good for ‘bulking’ up the book as it is slightly thicker than the 80gsm and 100gsm opaque papers.
80gsm Munken Bookwove Cream - This is the same paper as the Bookwove White but as the name suggests, this is the cream version. Again this paper is mostly used for novels and for making the spine of your book bigger.
100gsm Recycled - A popular paper for non-fiction titles. This is our recycled paper which is a white similar to the 100gsm Opaque but has a slightly rougher feel but is smoother than the Bookwove papers.
We also offer a range of coated papers from 115gsm to 170gsm which are good for printing photographs and high-quality images. We are able to print any number of pages in a plate section on the coated papers and then insert them into the book. This is a great option if you want to have the text printed on the nice Bookwove paper and have some colour images on 130gsm coated paper.
If you are struggling to decide on the paper you want please visit our blog post on paper types or get in contact with us directly to discuss your options. If the paper you want is not listed above or on our website, we may be able to order it in.
For our casebound hardback books, we use a 135gsm coloured wibalin cover wrapped around a 2750 micron board or we can use a PPC cover wrapped around the same board instead of the coloured wibalin. This is by far the most popular option with dissertation printing as it provides the best protection for our book and will certainly last several lifetimes if it is cared for.
For our paperback covers, we use 240gsm cover board; however, other thicknesses are available. After printing, we usually apply a laminate, this would be either a gloss or matt lamination. For hardback books We are able to offer extra unique touches to our covers such as spot UV, please enquire for more details.
Perfect bound paperbacks come with a minimum spine width of 3 mm, which roughly equates to a 36-page book printed on our 80gsm munken bookwove paper. The maximum spine width is 50 mm which when printed on our 80gsm bookwove paper would equate to roughly 720 pages or 950 pages when printed on our 80gsm opaque paper. You can use our spine width calculator to work out the spine width for your dissertation.
Our paperback books use two types of glue depending on the paper used. For regular uncoated paper, we use EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate) and for coated papers or uncoated paper where the print bleeds into the spine of the book, we use PUR (Polyurethane Reactive).
PUR is a stronger and more durable glue than EVA but it is also more expensive. We have had no issue using EVA glue with our uncoated paperback books, we have been doing it this way for over 20 years and it does mean we are able to have a cheaper manufacturing process.
We have multiple extras that can be added to your paperback book;
Foiling Embossing and Debossing Cover Flaps Spot UV
If you are looking for something very unique it may be worth thinking about getting your book printed as a hardback book.
If you would like some extra information on thesis and dissertation printing then please contact us by either phone on 01392 851550 or send us an email [email protected].
We can also send you a sample booklet and some recently printed hardback and paperback books. If you are unsure if you should go for a hardback or paperback book we have a helpful blog post to read - Hardcover vs Paperback Book where we look at the pros and cons of both.
Why choose Imprint Digital for your Paperback Books?
A personal service.
We are a family-owned book printing company. We don't have large amounts of staff in our office which means you will only ever be in contact with either David or Jamie from our pre-press team. We have been providing a personal service ever since we started and we have built some fantastic relationships with our customers.
We have been printing books for over 20 years and we know what methods are required to produce you an amazing hardback book. Every member of staff is expertly trained and specialises in their field and receives ongoing training in their specialisation. We also make sure to keep up-to-date with the latest advances in technology.
When your hardback book passes through each stage of production, every team member that deals with your book will carry out inspections to make sure the quality of your book meets the companies expectations. We pride ourselves on producing some of the best books in the country - take a look at our reviews and testimonials.
Our customer service is some of the best in the industry and all our staff love books just as much as you. This means our pre-press team wants to help you to produce a book that we are both proud to put our names on. Our pre-press team often help our customers fine-tune their books and get them ready for printing. We won't just take your files and print your book, we will check the files to make sure any errors in pre-press and printing are minimized and let you know of any potential errors that may effect the printing.
Before sending us your artwork please make sure you have;
Checked the paper size is correct. Set your colours to CMYK. Make sure your images are 300 dpi. Added a 3mm bleed and crop marks. Embedded your fonts. Save your artwork as a PDF Proofread your document.
To find out our full artwork guidelines click here .
Questions and Answers
Frequently asked questions, do you accept word files.
All files should be sent to us as press-ready PDF files. If you are unable to send files in this format then a word file for your manuscript can be sent. We will convert this file into a PDF file and send it back to you for checking. If you are happy then we can proceed to print.
Do you offer print-on-demand?
We do not offer print on demand. We are a short-run printing company and produce books from as little as 10 copies. Unlike print on demand, we do not have any high setup cost and ordering copies of your book from 100 copies will get you a very competitive unit cost.
How much does it cost to print a book?
All books that we print come in different shapes and sizes, paper types, cover laminations and have many different options you can add to make your book unique. If you want to find out how much your book will be to print please visit our online quote calculator .
How do I place an order?
Orders can be placed on our website via our online quote/order form here . We are also able to accept orders by email as long as you know all the specifications of your book. If you are unsure of what specifications you would like for your book, please contact us.
What book sizes can I print?
Due to our specialist equipment and the time we have invested in becoming the specialist book printer in the UK we are able to print any size book between A6 (148 x 105mm) and A4 landscape (210 x 297mm). This means you can print your book at standard book sizes or you can have your book in a custom size.
How long will it take to get my books?
This depends on a variety of factors but in most cases, paperback books are printed and shipped within 5 to 7 working days and hardback books are shipped within 4 weeks depending on the quantity. Please contact us if you have an urgent delivery timeframe.
Can you produce bound proofs?
Yes, we offer bound proofs for paperback books and hardback books. Please note that most of our hardback bound proofs are bound up as paperback books with a sample cover. We do this in order to get the proof copy out to you quickly and keep costs low. We can produce a complete hardback bound proof but the shipping time on this proof will be greater than our usual 1 to 3 days and may include an additional cost.
Do you print books abroad?
No, we don't, we print all books in-house in our production facility in Exeter. We don’t sub out any printing work to other printers or to any company abroad. Some extras such as foiling are sent out to a specialist company that we have been working with for several years.
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There are many commercial binding companies that can serve your needs. While the Penn Libraries do not endorse a particular company, we are happy to direct you to the following two websites for your information. Both companies can print and bind your dissertation from a pdf file.
- Wert Bookbinding
- Thesis On Demand
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If you are looking for a world class company to print and bind your thesis or dissertation, you will find that Book1One will give your document the high quality attention it requires and deserves. Graduate students from all over the country have used our services, and we are listed at many colleges and universities as a reliable resource for hardcover and softcover thesis and dissertation book printing.
We understand that theses and dissertations comprise a special category in the book publishing world. They represent the culmination of a large body of work and achievement at a very high academic level – and are recognized symbols of professional accomplishment.
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Why choose Book1One to print your thesis or dissertation?
- We offer a number of cover options. At Book1One, you can select from three cover options for hardcover books: a full-color printed cover, a cloth cover with foil stamping, or a faux (imitation) leather cover with foil stamping. The cloth and faux leather book coverings come in four different colors: black, navy blue, dark red, and green. The color choices are shown in the right side on this webpage. Foil stamping, printed on the front cover and spine, can be either a gold or silver color. Softcover theses and dissertations come with a full color printed cover.
- We have no minimum quantity requirements. In most instances, the number of printed copies needed for a thesis or dissertation are low. The size of thesis/dissertation orders we receive vary from a high of around ten to a low of one copy. We can print as many or as few copies of your thesis or dissertation at an affordable price and with the same amount of attention we give to larger book orders.
We can offer you a special service regarding foil stamping.
If your foil stamping involves basic text and numbers, such as book title, author’s name, school and date, Book1One can assemble your cover for you at no additional cost to use. If you wish us to provide this service to you, when you place your order, upload a PDF file indicating what you would like printed on your front cover and spine and approximate positioning. We will fit and center the type using the Time New Roman font. For more on foil stamping click here .
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Simply insert the specifications of your book project and, with one click, see what the price of your project will be.
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If you have completed the design and layout of your thesis or dissertation and are ready to upload your print ready PDF file(s) to us and place your order, simply click on the red “Place Order” button located at the top of your screen. You will then be taken through the simple three step process of (1) creating your personal account, (2) uploading your cover and page files and (3) completing the checkout procedure.
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- We work with easy-to-use PDF files, and our online ordering process is a snap.
- We have no minimum order requirements – even for hardcover books.
- We have no set up fees. Your only expense is the cost to print, bind & ship your books.
- Our turnaround times are fast – five business days for softcover and plastic coil bound; 10 business days for hardcover books. And rush production is available.
- You’ll receive personal “hands-on” service. We’ll answer your emails quickly, and if you call us, you’ll get a real person.
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Dissertation Binding and Printing | Options, Tips, & Comparison
Published on September 9, 2022 by Raimo Streefkerk . Revised on July 18, 2023.
Congratulations, you’ve finally finished your dissertation . It’s been professionally proofread and checked by a solid plagiarism checker .
The final step is printing your dissertation, which means choosing between:
- Types of binding
- Color vs. black & white
Single vs. double-sided
- Paper thickness
There are a few printing and binding services to choose from as well. This article presents a few options that can help you make the right decisions.
Printing service options
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Binding keeps the pages of your dissertation together, and comes in a variety of price points. Spiral binding is cheaper, a hardcover book binding is much pricier.
The type of binding you choose can depend on:
- Guidelines from your university or department
- The version (draft vs. final)
- The type of work you’re submitting ( PhD vs. master’s thesis vs. undergraduate thesis )
Spiral binding (± $7)
- Professional appearance
- Opens flat, so browsing through the pages is easy
- Fairly inexpensive
Comb binding (± $5)
- Pages are easy to browse
- Binding can be opened and closed
- Can be cheap-looking
Fastback binding (± $8)
- Professional, book-like appearance
- Available in different colors
- Individual sheets can come loose with time
Paperback binding ($10–20)
This type of binding makes your dissertation more durable and professional. In most cases, it’s possible to add front and spine lettering.
- Durable and professional
- Book-like appearance
- Opening and browsing is less smooth than with spiral or comb binding
Hardback binding ($20–50)
- Customizable cover
- Quality comes at a price
Color vs. Black & White
Check your university’s guidelines to see if there is guidance about whether to print your dissertation in color or black & white. Note that printing in color is on average two to four times more expensive.
In general, a color-printed dissertation looks more professional, but it is often not required.
Printing double-sided is often cheaper than printing single-sided, due to the paper savings — it makes your dissertation half as thick. However, some universities require you to print your dissertation single-sided. Be sure to check the guidelines.
When printing your dissertation double-sided, pay attention to the following points:
- New chapters should start on the front side of the paper. You will need to take this into account and insert “blank pages” when preparing to print.
- Add a blank page after the title page so that the acknowledgments and abstract are not printed on the back of your title page.
- The page numbering is often placed in the bottom right on the right side of the page and bottom left on the left side. You can easily set this in Word by choosing “outside alignment”.
- Check your style guide to make sure there aren’t any rules for printing.
The thickness of the paper (measured in gsm or grams) is something most students don’t think about, but it does have a significant impact on the look and feel of your printed thesis or dissertation.
Standard printing paper has a weight of 75–90 gsm. For a bachelor’s or master’s dissertation, this is likely fine. If you want the paper to look and feel more professional and durable, a paper weight of 100–130 gsm is better. This is often used for PhD dissertations.
Number of copies
It is common to print three to five copies of your dissertation. Depending on your university’s guidelines, you might need to submit one to three copies to your supervisor and department. In addition, you might want to have a copy for yourself or your family.
The production time for printing and binding takes on average two days, and delivery takes at least another day. For an additional charge (ranging from +20 to +80%), the production and delivery time can be shortened.
Have a looming deadline? Your local print shop is likely able to print and bind your dissertation faster, and it eliminates delivery time. However, keep in mind that this is often a little more expensive.
Before sending your dissertation to a print shop, there are three things you should do:
- Save your file as a PDF By saving your file as a PDF, the formatting will be consistent on every computer. This way you prevent any unpleasant surprises, such as offset pages, when receiving your printed product.
- Check for language mistakes There’s nothing worse than finding a language mistake in your printed version. Make sure to proofread your dissertation or make use of a professional proofreading service .
- Update the contents page Before saving your dissertation as a PDF, don’t forget to update the table of contents and cross-check the page numbers listed there with the actual page numbers.
The table below provides an overview of two popular dissertation printing and binding shops, including information on delivery costs and review score.
*Prices are based on a spiral-bound dissertation of 40 pages , printed single-sided , in black , on 80-90gsm paper, including a clear outer front and back cover .
**Prices are based on a hardback-bound dissertation of 200 pages , printed single-sided , in black , on 90-100gsm paper.
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