how to format your dissertation
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.
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.
The rest of the instructions on this page are for Non-Template users since the provided SHSU template already contains pre-formatted parameters. Set the margins BEFORE you start typing to prevent problems with table and figure formatting later. It may seem tedious and unnecessary to set font styles, but doing so helps ensure that your document is consistently formatted throughout, and is well worth the small amount of effort.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve the information on this page or this site. Email us at nglthesis @shsu.edu .