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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working on your dissertation over the summer?

Did you know that you can use other academic libraries in the UK? University of Aberdeen Library, Special Collections and Museums is a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme which means that you can apply for a card that will give you access to most UK HE libraries. You may be able to borrow material from them, but it will NOT give you access to their IT facilities or databases.

Before you leave Aberdeen download an application form from the web address given below and take it to the Information Centre on Floor 1 in the University Library. NOTE: some libraries also require a letter of introduction from your supervisor. You will not be issued with a SCONUL card if you have fines unpaid on your library account.

For more information and the online application form go to http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/get-started/who-can-use/sconul-access/.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

About to start researching for your dissertation?

Several ProQuest databases may be useful to law students researching for theses and dissertations. Three databases in the Business collection are worth a look.

ABI/INFORM Complete: is a business database that contains nearly 3,900 full-text titles covering business and economic conditions, corporate strategies, management techniques, competitive and product information, and company and business trends around the world.

Accounting and Tax: contains key resources covering current news and topics, and trends and history influencing important accounting and tax issues of the day.

Banking Information Service: gives access to essential banking industry publications  about the financial services industry, banking and industry trends.

In the Social Sciences collection take a look at:

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS): contains over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It has a broad coverage of international material incorporating over 100 languages and countries. Subject coverage includes cultural studies and political science.

ProQuest databases can be accessed via http://search.proquest.com.

If you would like to know more about these databases, including how to search them, please contact Elaine Shallcross (e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk).