The Madeleine Clark Wallace Library is responsible for the collection, binding, cataloguing, and preservation of the record copy of all Wheaton College honors theses. All print copies are made available in the Marion B. Gebbie Archives & Special Collections and may be photocopied if permission has been granted. Digital copies of theses are available via the Wheaton Digital Repository. For theses written after 2010, requests for photocopies will be unnecessary.





Your thesis is an original, unpublished manuscript in which you should take great pride.  The physical appearance of your work is very important.  Departmental Honors will not be approved unless your thesis complies with these college wide guidelines.  Consult with your advisor to determine if you are expected to adhere to specific departmental guidelines. Your digital version determines this manuscript formatting.


You must submit an original printed version (not a photocopy) to the Registrar for certification and binding as the archival copy. This is the version you will carry at the Thesis Parade. You may have personal copies printed and bound by contacting Acme Bookbinding directly, at the following address:

2.   PAPER

The copy of your thesis submitted to the Registrar must be presented on acid-free or 100% rag bond paper.  Acid-free paper is available for purchase from the Wheaton College Bookstore, or any office-supply store.


The Bindery requires the following margins: Left margins ­– 1 1/2”.  All other margins — 1” (including footnotes, graphs, illustrations, etc.)

4.     FORM

Consult your thesis advisor regarding the appropriate style manual for the presentation of citations, chapters, etc., in your discipline, or consult a reference liaison.  You may also view earlier theses in your discipline in the Archives or the Wheaton Digital Repository.


If your thesis contains illustrations, such as images, data visualizations, and the like, make certain that they are readable and fit entirely within the correct margins.  If you include digital versions of paintings, etc. taken from books or other sources, make certain that they are clear and include source citations so that the reader may refer to the original illustrations from which your copies were made.  If you are including illustrations, graphs, charts, etc. at the end of your text, be sure those pages are numbered. Color printing is available on the four MFPs in the Library Atrium. Please consult the Archivist (extension 3712) with questions regarding inclusion of illustrations.


Departmental Honors in Studio Art require the submission of a thesis.  Include the same materials listed in the Order of Pages below.  The goals, results, artist’s statement for the project, and a list of the works created should be included. Images of the works must be submitted.

7.      ORDER OF PAGES (Each page to be typed by every student; all pages should be numbered consecutively)

a.    Certification by Registrar (click this link for the language and format) – When the work is completed, and  acceptable print and digital copies of your thesis have been submitted, the Registrar will sign and emboss the Certification page with Wheaton College Seal.

b.   Title Page (click this link for the language and format) – Although many theses have long or multi-part titles, only 75 characters, including the author’s last name, will appear on the spine of the bound thesis. Therefore, your title may be condensed for binding purposes. If you wish to determine the spine title, contact the Serials/EResources Librarian (extension 3715).

c.    Acknowledgement or Dedication (if any)

d.    Table of Contents

e.    Introduction (if any)

f.     Chapter 1 or main part of Thesis, etc.

II.      MEDIA return to top

If your thesis includes digital media or non-print formats, please be certain that the recording medium is of the highest quality available. Title page information (see above) should be included.  Metadata, describing software and hardware requirements for listening and viewing, must be included in the text portion of your thesis.  Please consult the Archivist (extension 3712) with any questions regarding presentation of these formats.

III.      DIGITAL SUBMISSION return to top

1.      Bring a copy of the Honors Thesis 2016 Permission Form (click on this link for a pdf of the form) to your thesis advisor, and discuss and agree upon your options.

2.      Both you and your thesis advisor must fill out and sign the permission form.

3.      Make sure that your thesis is in pdf format, and if possible, any and all images are saved in tiff format.

4.      If your thesis does not include an abstract, please write one, and save it as a separate pdf file. An abstract is a very brief summary of your paper, including conclusions, usually 3 or 4 sentences long. The Catalog Librarian will use the abstract to create the metadata for your thesis (print and digital versions).

5.      Copy all files related to your thesis, in the proper format, to the flash drive provided by the Library. These files include your thesis, your abstract (if not included in your thesis), and any image files or other media files you have.

6.      For the Thesis Parade on May 16, bring your printed thesis, the permission form (completely filled out and signed by both you and your advisor), and the flash drive. You will submit all of these to the Registrar at the end of the parade. The permission form is important: it clarifies your wishes regarding access to your thesis, and will be bound with your thesis.

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Honors Thesis Permission Form

In addition to the delivery of a print copy of the honors thesis to the Registrar’s Office for the College Archives, all students deposit a digital version of their honors thesis in the Wheaton Digital Repository. Please print and read the Honors Theses 2016 Permission & Consent Form carefully before agreeing to the preferred level of access with the necessary signatures. Deliver signed forms to the Registrar with both the print and digital versions of the thesis on Monday, May 16.