Thesis Formatting Guidelines

Technical Requirements

 

TITLE PAGE: 

All type should be single spaced and 14 point Times New Roman font, except title.

Title should be bolded, 16 point, Times New Roman font, Upper and Lower case letters

Margins should be 1” all around. If you plan to bind your thesis, consider a 1.5” left hand margin.

Do not use such designations as “Ph D” or “Dr” on the title page or signatory page 

SIGNATURE PAGE:

All type should be single spaced and 14 point Times New Roman font.

A minimum of two signatures are required on each thesis. If one of the signers has a dual role (e.g., Thesis Supervisor and Honors Adviser), then list both roles under the professional title. Do not list the same person twice.  Do not use such designations as “Ph/D/” or “Dr.” on the title page or signatory page 

ABSTRACT: 

Heading 1: ABSTRACT should be in 16 point, CAPITALIZED, centered, and bolded with two spaces afterward

One and a half inch spacing

Margins should be 1” all around, unless using the left-hand 1.5” for binding.

The text should be in Times New Roman Font, 12-point type

Paragraphs indented 5 points. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Page should be single spaced.

Heading 1: TABLE OF CONTENTS should be in 16 point, CAPITALIZED, centered, and bolded with three spaces afterward

Margins should be 1” all around unless using the left-hand 1.5” for binding.  The text should be in Times New Roman Font, 12-point type

Be sure the headings listed in the table of contents match word-for-word the headings in the text. Double check to be sure the page numbers are correct and right justified.

The table of contents must appear immediately after the abstract and should not list the abstract or the table of contents. 

LIST OF FIGURES OR TABLES:

Page should be single spaced.

Heading 1: LIST OF FIGURES/TABLES should be in 16 point, CAPITALIZED, centered, and bolded with three spaces afterward

Margins should be 1” all around unless using the 1.5” for binding.  The text should be in Times New Roman Font, 12-point type

Type used within tables and figures should be preferably 12-point in size, but can be reduced to no smaller than 10 point and must be completely legible due to microfilming. 

Figure and number should be bolded; captions should not be bolded, and page numbers should be right justified.  

Figures and tables should have a space between them and the text or the next figure/table. 

HEADINGS:

Section Titles - Heading 1: COPPER (Centered 16 point font with 2 spaces afterward)  

Headings – Heading 2: Characteristics and Properties (14 point font with 1 space before and after, left justified)

Sub-Headings – Heading 3: Density (12 point font, not bolded, but underlined, left justified, with one space before and no space afterward) 

Begin each chapter or main section on a new page. Do the same with each element of the front matter (Abstract, Table of Contents, List of Figure and Tables, and Acknowledgments.), the Reference section, and each Appendix. 

Try to avoid typing a heading near the bottom of a page unless there is room for at least two lines of text following the heading. Instead, you should simply leave a little extra space on that page and begin the heading on the next page. If you wish to use a “display” page (a page that shows only the chapter title) at the beginning of chapters or appendices, be sure to do so consistently and to count the display page when numbering the pages. Do not use italics unless being used for foreign words, book and journal titles, and special emphasis. 

EQUATIONS:

Should be indented 1.5 inches with consecutive numbering that is right justified within parentheses.

There should be an extra space before and after the equation. 

Boldface type may also be used on the title page and for headings, as well as in the text, for special symbols or for emphasis.  

Color is permissible to use in the document, but keep in mind that the microfilm version will show black-and-white only. 

PAGE NUMBERS:

Excluding the title page and signatory page, every page in the document, including those with tables and figures, must be counted. Use lower case Roman numerals for the front matter and Arabic numbers for the text. The text (or body) of the thesis must begin on page 1. Do not number a page with “a” or “b” or skip numbers; do not embellish page numbers with punctuation (dashes, period, etc); and do not type the word “page” before the page number.

Page numbers may be placed in the upper right-hand corner, lower right-hand corner or centered at the top or bottom of the page. Page numbers should be in the same position on all the pages. Page numbers should not be placed on the left side of the page.  

BACK MATTER:

Bibliography or References (may be at the end of each chapter or at the end of the thesis)

Appendices (may come either before or after the Bibliography or References)

Endnotes or notes (if any, may at the end of each chapter or after the Bibliography or References.)