Formatting and Preparing Theses and Dissertations
Students will follow the requirements in the guide. To assist with the requirements, the following resources are available:
- A review checklist - see a sample review form.
- A template for the title and approval pages (*.doc) - use for your document
- An Introduction to Adobe Acrobat - learn how to create and check PDF files for common formatting issues
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.
In addition to the requirements above, there are some suggested formatting guidelines and tools to help as students prepare their documents. See the links below for formatting suggestions and aids.
- Sample Documents—Digital Commons contains all recent documents published by the Library. Note that some volumes may have been embargoed and may not reflect current formatting requirements.
- EndNote—Manage references and bibliographies
- Acrobat Tips—Check and fix documents (popular tips listed below)
- How to determine if fonts are embedded in a PDF file
- How to check PDF conversion settings for images and embedding fonts
- How to check your papersize and page number location—learn how to check those pesky margins and the location of your page numbers so the formatting is right the first time
- How to change color pages to black and white
- How to use a preflight profile—check the image quality or number of color pages in your document
- How to rotate landscape pages in a PDF file
- How to use the TouchUp text tool—fix simple errors in your PDF file
- MS Office Tips—popular tips listed below
- How to check PDF conversion settings for images and embedding fonts—learn how to select the proper settings to embed all fonts and maintain image quality
- Styles—these are the building blocks of formatting in Word.
- How to create bookmarks using Word and Adobe Acrobat
- How to create a hyperlinked table of contents—also describes how to create a table of contents without typing each line in by hand!
- How to turn off image compression in Word
- How to use tabs to align text
- How to view hidden formatting characters
- Digital Tools—Learn about MyMichiganTech, Canvas, ProQuest, and Google Calendar
- Graduate School Communications Assistance Program (GS-CAP)—learn about resources to assist with written and oral/aural communication
- Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center—Receive help with writing and presentations on a weekly or walk-in basis
- Online Seminars—Topics include Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, LaTeX, Great Images, EndNote, and more!
- Turnitin.com—Students can submit documents for plagiarism review. The web site is in the Graduate School Canvas course. Only graduate students will have access to the information needed to access the site. Contact the Graduate School for assistance with accessing the Canvas course or turnitin.com site.
- LaTeX templates—This template and instructions can assist students using LaTeX. See also our online seminars for more information.