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Welcome to the "Formatting Your Dissertation (or Thesis)" LibGuide! This guide is designed to assist you in navigating the process of formatting your dissertation or thesis, ensuring that it meets the required standards and guidelines. Proper formatting plays a crucial role in presenting your research professionally and enhancing its readability. By following the information and resources provided in this guide, you will be equipped to create a polished and well-formatted document. Remember to consult your college's guidelines and departmental requirements throughout the process. Paying attention to formatting details demonstrates your commitment to producing a high-quality academic document. If you have additional queries or require additional assistance, please contact the research commons or visit us on the fourth floor of the library for academic support services. Best of luck with your research and writing endeavors.

Understanding Formatting Guidelines : University Guidelines:

University Guidelines:

Every university has its specific guidelines and requirements for formatting dissertations or theses. These guidelines typically outline the overall structure, formatting styles, font size and type, margins, spacing, and other specific requirements. Make sure to familiarize yourself with your university's guidelines early on in the writing process.

Understanding Formatting Guidelines: Formatting Style

Different formatting styles (such as APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) have specific rules for citations, references, headings, and formatting of text and visual elements. Determine which style your university or department requires for your dissertation or thesis and familiarize yourself with its guidelines. This will help maintain consistency and professionalism throughout your document.

Understanding Formatting Guidelines: Departmental Requirements

In addition to university guidelines, your department may have specific formatting requirements for dissertations or theses. These requirements may include the organization of chapters, citation styles, referencing conventions, and any additional elements unique to your field of study. It's essential to consult your department's guidelines to ensure compliance.

Understanding Formatting Guidelines: Electronic Submission Guidelines

Many universities now require electronic submission of dissertations or theses. These guidelines may include instructions on file formats, file naming conventions, size limitations, and any specific requirements for digital elements such as hyperlinks, multimedia content, or embedded files. Be sure to understand and adhere to the electronic submission guidelines to ensure a smooth submission process.

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