One Copy of Your Thesis for Preservation in the Library
Every student who writes a thesis for ICS must present to the seminary library for binding and storage one, un-bound copy of his or her thesis printed on cotton-rag paper rather than wood-pulp paper. Beware: most copier machines are filled with wood-pulp paper. So you will have to go and buy your own cotton-rag, sometimes called cotton bond, paper. Cotton bond paper produces a better printout than paper made from wood-pulp because the surface of cotton bond will hold the ink better. Moreover, cotton bond paper is superior in both strength and durability in comparison to wood-pulp paper which often contains high concentrations of destructive acids. Those acids cause wood-pulp paper to turn yellow and flake with age.
Cotton bond paper can be found at most stores that sell stationary and other office supplies. It is sold in the Seton Hall University Bookstore and at Staples, Office Depot, Office Max and Kinko’s, to name just a few. Popular brands include Crane’s, Southworth, and Eaton. Though most cotton papers contain a watermark, it is not necessary that your paper have one. Cotton bond paper is graded and priced according to the amount of cotton rag it contains: 25%, 50% or 100%. Of course, the more cotton the better, but 25% cotton bond will do well to preserve your thesis. However, the cotton bond you purchase must be white and measure 8.5” x 11.0”.
October 19, 2009