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Thesis and Project Guidelines


Margins, Font, and Spacing   Watch on YouTube
The top and bottom margins are set to 1 inch. The left and right margins are set to 1.25 inches. Page numbers fall within this margin and must be at least 1/2 inch from the edge of the page.

Typing of the document uses one side of the page only, double spaced, with a 12 point size professional typeface, such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier. Only one size and one style of type may be used.

Order of the Pages and Numbering   Watch on YouTube
Preliminary pages precede the main text and are arranged in the following order: Form GS-13 (approval page), title page, copyright page, acknowledgment, abstract (150 word limit), table of contents, list of tables, and list of figures (if any). See templates below. The main text is divided into chapters. When present, endnotes, glossary, list of references, and appendices follow the main text, and in that order. Each preliminary page, chapter page, endnotes, references and appendices, must begin on a new page.

Preliminary pages are numbered using lower case Roman numerals (ii, iii, iv, etc.). Pages of the main text are numbered using standard Arabic numerals. All pages, including appendices are counted and numbered. Watch on YouTube how to split pagination.

Headings and Subheadings   Watch on YouTube
Chapters must be constructed and presented in a logical and consistent manner. Follow individual department guidelines. If a specific style manual is required then that manual's requirements should be observed.

Citations and References   Watch on YouTube
Citation format must follow the style manual or guidelines specified by the student's department and must be consistent within the document. Attend a free Library Workshop for help with references, citations, and issues related to plagiarism.

Tables and Figures
Tables are comprised of data or statistical information, which are presented in column and row format. Illustrative materials such as graphs, charts, diagrams, maps, and photographs, are referred to as figures. Tables and figures are numbered consecutively, and in separate sequences, and conform to department or style manual guidelines. Tables and figures are to be placed within the text, close to its first reference, or in appropriate appendices at the end of the document.

Sample pages of a thesis/project: PPT

Thesis template (use Mozilla Firefox to open) : MS Word 2007

LaTeX template courtesy of the Mathematics department

Forms templates