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.
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.
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:
The ETD Support Web site, provides tips about formatting required page number styles in the document. Appointments with an ETD Support Team information specialist trained in Microsoft Word can be made on the Web site. Contact the ETD Support Team in Richter Library by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone, (305) 284-4811.
When preparing your ETD, it can be helpful to go to the Scholarly Repository to see what a final, accepted thesis or dissertation looks like and how information about you and your work will appear online.