Creating a PDF document
A PDF is the currently the acceptable format for us to store and make available documents like your thesis on the LRA, and should be the format in which you will send your thesis to us. There are a number of different ways available to create a PDF from your thesis files. While a PDF/A document is preferable for archiving, a standard PDF is acceptable.
You can easily create a PDF of your thesis from within MS Office 2007:
- Click Windows Office Button | Save As | PDF or XPS
- Click Options and check the box for ISO 19005-1 compliant (PDF/A)
- Click Ok and then Publish
- This will start the PDF document creation process
Other word processors
If you are using other software to write your thesis in (e.g. Open Office) then read the help information for your software on how to create PDF formatted documents.
If you have used LaTeX to produce your article then it is simple procedure to use the freeware application Ghostscript to turn a PostScript file into a PDF file
PDF Creation software
If you have access to Adobe Acrobat Professional, for example by using IT Services managed Windows PCs then you can use this to create very high quality PDFs.
If your thesis is comprised of a number of separate chapter files these will need to be assembled into a single PDF. The Student Development course on MS Word 2007 for Long Documents has advice on combining them into a single file.
You can submit your PDF to the LRA team in a number of ways:
- By email if it less than 5MB in size
- For larger files we recommend you use an online secure free file-sending service to send it to the LRA Team's email address:
- FileDrop (up to 2GB) - University of Leicester service
- DropSend (up to 2GB)
- FileMail.com (up to 2GB)
- Mailbigfile.com (up to 300MB)
- EmailLarge File (up to 200MB)
- On CD, DVD or USB thumb drive in person to the David Wilson Library or through the post
We will notify you upon receipt of your thesis, and again once it is live on the LRA. This will only occur once we receive the final print thesis and paper work from the Graduate School. We will also handle supplying it to the British Library's EThOS service.