Dissertation & Thesis Editing for School Specific Formats
Your school has its own requirements for the dissertation format. In addition to the specific school format and procedures outlined by your school for your dissertation, you are required to observe any regulations required in your discipline (e.g. the American Psychological Association style and format). Don't wait until the last minute to format your paper according to your specific school format. You could miss the deposit deadline if you do.
The Dissertation Abstract
For most specific school formats, an abstract must be included in your dissertation or thesis when you deposit. Typically, an abstract must not exceed 350 words and should be double-spaced. The abstract is a short summary of your dissertation including the methods, sample, findings, and conclusion. Do not include graphs, charts, tables, or illustrations in your abstract. The specific abstract format required by your school must be used, as your abstract probably will be printed in ProQuest Digital Dissertations.
The Dissertation Approval Page
Most schools require that an approval form be signed by your dissertation committee and other authorities before you can deposit your paper. These approval forms serve as proof that you completed the dissertation requirements. Your specific school format may be somewhat different, but many schools also require that you list the names of the faculty members who supervised the writing of your paper. These pages typically are included in all copies of your dissertation. Request Dissertation Editing & Thesis Proofreading Help
Other Dissertation Requirements
Many schools require certain font formats for depositing your dissertation. You typically will be required to use standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Courier, Helvetica, and Symbol. Be sure that the type size is at least 12 point. Letter size is important in the deposited copy of your dissertation, as your manuscript will be reduced in size on microfilm.
Many schools require that footnotes follow a specific format. Some schools prefer that footnotes be single-spaced at the bottom of the appropriate page to facilitate reading of microfilm. If your discipline uses a different format (e.g. arranging notes at the end of each chapter), each note should be single-spaced, with double-spacing between notes.
Specific school formats for margins are pretty standard. Top, bottom, and right margins are 1 inch minimum and left margins must be 1.5 inches minimum.
Preliminary pages of your dissertation (i.e. abstract, table of contents and approval pages) are numbered in lowercase Roman numerals. The title page is not numbered, but is counted in the preliminary pagination. It is standard for many schools to require that, with the exception of the title page, all pages be numbered and printed. Check your specific school format, but many schools require that your pages be numbered in the upper right-hand corner, 1/2-inch from the top edge of the paper and flush with the right-hand margin.
Specific school formats vary, but many schools require that the dissertation follow this sequence:
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- Dissertation Title Page
- Dissertation Copyright Page, if applicable
- Signed Dissertation Approval Page
- Dissertation Abstract
- Dissertation Preface, Foreword, and/or Acknowledgments (according to the requirements of your discipline)
- Dissertation Table of Contents
- List of Dissertation Tables
- List of Dissertation Charts and Diagrams
- Body of the Dissertation
- Dissertation Appendix
- Dissertation Bibliography or List of References