Formatting the ETD

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Stylistic consistency and precision of presentation are essential features of a scholarly work. If the confidence of the reader is lost due to inaccuracies in the author’s presentation, the entirety of the author’s work is devalued. Your scholarship will have the greatest impact on readers when it is consistently formatted from beginning to end.

FORMATTING GUIDELINES

Your thesis or dissertation committee will help you decide which style guide to use in your document, e.g., APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago Manual of Style, etc., but there are some formatting items that the Graduate School requires in the document that may differ from that selected style guide. The PDF, "Organization, Formatting, and PDF Conversion Guidelines for Theses, Dissertations, and Doctoral/Lecture Essays," is a collection of formatting items that the Graduate School requires students make in the final document that may be different from the main style guide you've used in the document. This PDF should be downloaded and printed out for reference before you begin writing.

MICROSOFT WORD FRONT-MATTER TEMPLATES BY DEGREE

The way the main body of the thesis or dissertation is formatted is up to you and your committee with the goal of applying consistent formatting conventions throughout the entire document. However, the unnumbered front matter of all UM theses and dissertations must be uniform in appearance. To help you format the front matter, the Graduate School has prepared Word templates by degree for you to use in your document. Please download the appropriate Word file and use it to format the unnumbered front-matter pages of your thesis or dissertation:

SAMPLE TEMPLATES

HELP WITH MICROSOFT WORD

The ETD Formatting Support Website provides tips about formatting required page number styles in the document. Appointments with an ETD Formatting Support Team information specialist trained in Microsoft Word can be made on the Website. Contact the ETD Formatting Support Team in Richter Library by e-mail dfs@miami.edu.

Page numbers within your documents

The following video demonstrates how to set up your page numbers according to ETD guidelines in Microsoft Word. 

LaTeX TEMPLATE

The University is unable to offer support for students who use LaTeX to prepare the final ETD document. However, over the years, graduate students have taken the initiative to prepare a LaTeX template suitable for producing a final ETD document and have shared the template with the Dissertation Editor. Those interested in obtaining the template should send an e-mail to grad.dissertation@miami.edu. The latest template was prepared in November 2019. Please note that the Dissertation Editor can only provide the LaTeX template and is unable to provide assistance with using the LaTeX template.

VISIT THE SCHOLARSHIP@MIAMI INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORY

When preparing your ETD, it can be helpful to go to the Scholarship@Miami institutional repository to see what a final, accepted thesis or dissertation looks like and how information about you and your work will appear online.