Getting help with your dissertation – printing and binding

Hard binding

Hard binding – image taken from The Print Shop, University of Aberdeen

As the time of the summer dissertation submission is fast approaching, we would like to provide you with some information about printing and binding. If you are a postgraduate student preparing for a dissertation submission, you might find this post especially useful.

Once you have finished your thesis and completed the final check, you might want to get your work printed and bound. The Print Shop (23 St. Machar Drive – Auris Building, Old Aberdeen) will be able to help you with both. If you are busy, you do not need to go there because they accept requests via email (printshop@abdn.ac.uk).

In your email, you have to specify your request (binding style, copies required, etc.), and attach a copy of your dissertation in a PDF file. (Word files will not be accepted.) The Print Shop staff will have a quick glance over the text (for incorrect margins or page numbers, etc.), and email you back with the suggested corrections and the price prior to start any work. Do not expect them though to check every grammatical or spelling mistake or to proofread your dissertation. 

Please, check the following information for printing prices:

80gsm paper

  • A4 b/w printing – 3p per page (double sided 5p)
  • A4 colour printing – 10p per page (double sided 19p)
  • A3 b/w printing – 4p per page (double sided 6p)
  • A3 colour printing – 11p per page (double sided 20p)
    (Add 1p to above prices for 100gsm paper.)

You also have the option to acquire binding services only. In that case, theses will be handed in to The Print Shop already printed. Both, soft binding and hard binding are available there.

Soft binding

Soft binding could be Comb & Ring style binding, Metal style binding or Card style binding. In case, you need Card binding, you can choose from the following colour card options: white, green, pink, blue or black. As soft binding takes less time than hard binding, you can usually get your work bound within a day or even less time. Please check The Print Shop website for service times. For prices, please, see the bullet points below:

binding

Comb & Ring Style Binding

  • up to 50 pages £2.00
  • 51 to 100 pages £3.00
  • 101 to 150 pages £4.00
  • 151 to 220 pages £5.00
  • 221 to 310 pages £6.00

Metal Style Binding

  • up to 50 pages £4.00
  • 51 to 100 pages £5.00
  • 101 to 150 pages £6.00
  • 151 to 220 pages £7.00
  • 221 to 340 pages £8.00

Card Style Binding

  • up to 100 pages £7.00
  • 101 to 250 pages £8.00
  • 251 to 420 pages £10.00
Soft binding – images taken from
The Print Shop, University of Aberdeen

Hard binding

If you wish so, The Print Shop can provide hard binding services for you. As it is more complicated job, they require at least a week to bind your dissertation. For example, if you submit your thesis on Monday, you can collect it the following Monday. In exceptional circumstances or Bindery closures, it may take longer time.

There are four colour options available for this type of binding: black, navy, green, or wine. For basic information about prices, please see the list here:

  • up to 2 copies £30.00 each
  • 3 or more copies £27.00 each
    (based on a maximum of 420 pages. If a thesis is more than this, it will be bound as 2 volumes)
  • University of Aberdeen gold block logo – £2.95 per volume.

Express printing/binding services are also available there for extra cost.

For more information, please visit the following pages: The Print Shop – services, The Print Shop, and Submission of research theses.

Taylor Library Team 
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printing and binding your dissertation

Printing in the Library
When you are ready to print your work:

  1. Open the document and click on the FILE tab at the top left hand side of the screen.
  2. Choose Print. This will bring up the printing menu.

Colour printer

 

 

3. Make sure to choose
COLOUR-pull-pcl on class-print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk
to print in colour.

If you only wish to print certain pages in colour, specify the range in Settings. (Remember to retrieve the job from the colour printer. In Taylor Library, this is the far end MFD in the photocopy area.)

 

 

 

 

4. Still in Settings, set the printer to One Sided if you wish so. The default setting is Print on Both Sides. You also have options for defining the size, orientation and margins of your document, as well as the number of pages per sheet.

  • Printing charges for black & white or colour can be found here.
  • See our other posts: printing single-sided and printing one item from a printing queue. Remember that once a document has been sent to the printer, no changes can
    be made!

The Print Shop
For even better printing quality, you can discuss the available printing options with staff at The Print Shop. The Print Shop is located on the ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library, behind the steps leading to Special Collections. You will be required to submit your dissertation or thesis printout or send it by email (in one PDF) and staff will email you back with the cost for printing and binding. If the file is too large, you can use ZendTo or Dropbox.

  • Charges for printing are 6p per page for black & white and 35p per page for colour 80gsm A4. For more details and options click here.

The Print Shop offers a number of binding options for dissertations and theses:

  • For soft binding, see options and prices here. Dissertation soft binding can take from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the volume of orders. Thesis soft binding can take a day or two.
  • Hard binding of theses when binding up to 2 copies costs £29.70 each, or £26.95 each from 3 copies and above. In your email, remember to state the number of copies you need and the hard cover colour. (Black, navy blue, maroon or green.) Hard binding takes about a week to be completed; date and time for collection will be offered once staff have your affirmative reply. (Completion times are subject to change at the discretion of the departments involved.) More information on hard binding here.
theses

hard binding – image taken from UniPrint

Useful links
Print Shop and UniPrint
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/gen/qggen025.pdf

Submission of research theses
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/gen/qggen009.pdf

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Please speak to a member of staff at the Taylor Library if you need help with printing on the MFDs or, get in touch with staff at The Print Shop if your query relates to printing and binding.

Taylor Library
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk
01224 272601

The Print Shop
printshop@abdn.ac.uk
01224 272578

Many thanks to Kostas Papadopoulos for all the information on the printing and binding services offered by The Print Shop and UniPrint!