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Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation with Microsoft Word

This guide includes video tutorials designed to help you get most of the formatting of your thesis correct the first time. Using these videos to format your thesis will save a lot of time when it comes to having your format checked.

Front matter lists

Several lists may be added to the front matter of the thesis and what is added depends on your particular thesis. All of these pages must have page numbers and, generally, these lists appear in the following order:

  • Table of Contents — A Table of Contents is required.
  • List of TablesRequired if you have more than one table in your thesis.
  • List of Figures — Required if you have more than one figure in your thesis. 
  • List of AbbreviationsOptional, but highly encouraged if you use more than a couple of abbreviations in your thesis (plus Word makes it pretty easy to create this list).

Click on the links above or on the menu on the left side to see the pages with video tutorials demonstrating how to create each list.

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