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EDK 850 Research Design & Proposal Development

Provides information for accessing databases and library materials at UM-Dearborn Mardigian Library.

Recommendations for Formatting using Word

Rather than trying to do all formatting manually, it is recommended that you:

  • Customize your template (from the default normal template) to follow APA style, and:
    • Use styles to format Headings (rather than just applying character properties such as bolding or italicizing);
    • Create an automatic Table of Contents that can be dynamically updated as needed; and
    • Use page and section breaks rather than manually inserting spaces. 

Using Google Docs is not recommended for formatting your dissertation. 

LinkedIn Learning

The university provides access to technology tutorials that are self-paced through LinkedIn Learning. 

Log in using your Umich uniqname and password at :


A recommended course in Microsoft Word that will help with formatting your dissertation is: 

  • "Word 2016: Formatting and Styles in Depth"

Some YouTube tutorials demonstrating formatting of APA style elements

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