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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

The front matter of the thesis is everything that comes before Chapter 1. The table below lists the parts and tells what is required and what needs a page number. The video below that gives a demonstration of how to add the front matter to the thesis.

Section Required? Page number In Table of Contents?
Frontispiece No (optional) No No
Copyright No (optional) No No
Dedication No (optional) Yes, if included Yes, if included
Acknowledgements No (optional) Yes, if included Yes, if included
Preface No (optional) Yes, if included Yes, if included
Table of Contents Yes Yes No
List of Tables Yes, if more than 1 table Yes Yes
List of Figures Yes, if more than 1 figure Yes Yes
List of Appendices Yes, if more than 1 appendix Yes Yes
List of Abbreviations No (optional) Yes Yes
Abstract Yes Yes Yes


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