dissertation template word
The Neumann Library provides Microsoft Word templates to help you compose your dissertation in the format required by the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Templates define the correct pagination, margins, font size and style, and other formatting settings according to the guidelines specified in the guide.
Why use a template? Templates automate much of the dissertation formatting, saving you time. They make use of Styles, which are on the Home ribbon in Microsoft Word. A Style is a command used to format your text with predefined settings, including font size, spacing, indentation, and so on. If you highlight some text and click a style button, it will format that text according to the style. The Table of Contents will pull from these styles to automatically update the headings and page numbers.
- Table of contents with hyperlinks to particular chapters
- Page numbering (including roman numeral front matter)
- Reference examples
- Average word count per section
- Chapters 1-5 guidelines
- APA 6th Edition formatting
- Automatic Bookmarks (clickable to section)
- Definition of terms
The Dissertation Template is a comprehensive, 24-page outline that you can use for your dissertation. Whether your university has a template or you’ve begun the dissertation without one, this guide will be helpful to you as it includes a detailed descriptions of chapters 1-5 and subsections that help you, the doctoral student, flesh-out each chapter. The template is written to comply with most university requirements.
The Thesis/Dissertation Guide is provided to clarify the standards set by the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island and to describe the criteria used to approve a thesis or dissertation. Following the defense in the discipline under which the work is awarded, it must meet the standards described in this document. Power Point slides from our orientation session are found here.
Thesis could also be prepared using LaTeX.
Resources and help with LaTex can be found here and below:
The following thesis format templates should help you get started with formatting your thesis or dissertation. Georgia Tech provides free Overleaf Professional accounts for all students, faculty, and staff who would like to use the collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects.
For more information about modifying styles see Formatting How-Tos.
If you would like to use these documents as Microsoft .dot templates, save the files as .dot files to the appropriate directory (usually C:Documents and Settingsyour nameApplication DataMicrosoftTemplates)
When using templates, be sure to read the Standards for Preparing Theses and Dissertations, as there may be format requirements for your work that are outside the scope of these templates. Also, be sure to read and follow the template instructions.
LaTeX is generally used by Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. The LaTeX template requires knowledge of LaTeX coding and compiling.
Students will follow the requirements in the guide. To assist with the requirements, the following resources are available:
New dissertations and theses available in the Library are listed at the bottom of this page; they may serve as examples for students. Keep in mind that formatting changes over time, and some volumes may have been embargoed for a year or longer before being available in the Library.
Templates for Word 2007/Word 2010:
Instructions: Select the template you would like to use based on page number location and left margin setting, download the template to your computer, then in the fields where it says to “Click here and type…” you will click the field/line once and begin typing the appropriate text. Please note: If you remove or add any lines above where the placeholders are for document/section titles, then it will throw off the top margin text placement, making it so that your first line of text no longer meets the 1.75 inch top margin. If this happens by mistake, simply check to make sure the first line of text is on the third double spaced line of the page for all pages where this setting is required.
Graduate Students: Formatting Dissertations, Education Leadership Portfolios, or Master’s Theses
Styles allow quick access to frequently used format settings and help to maintain consistency in the format of a document.
Please consult Important Deadlines and the ETD Process Overview to begin.
As your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) represents a significant contribution to the knowledge of your particular discipline and contributes to the intellectual legacy of the University of Toledo, we have created a wealth of resources designed to assist you in preparing and presenting the very best version of your document possible. Our ultimate goal is to provide a centralized location for deadlines, resources, forms and submission links to ensure you are able to navigate the process efficiently.