Formatting in MS Word

Overall, it is important to submit an ETD that has a consistent appearance throughout.

Note: These are just suggestions for preparing your ETD. The final decision will depend on your department and graduate school guidelines.
  1. Global Page Settings

    All the pages of your ETD should follow a general form regarding page numbering, margins, and line spacing.

  2. Page Numbering

    Except for the title page and abstract, number all pages in your ETD. [Page numbers appear in page headers or footers. Consult the manual for your word processor on how to set up "Page Headers" and "Page Footers."]

    Number the pages in the front matter with small roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv, etc.), placed at the bottom center of the page. Remember, the page number for the Title Page (i) and the first page of the Abstract (ii) should not be visible.

    Number all pages through the body and back matter with arabic numerals (1,2,3, etc.). You may number these pages at the bottom center or at the upper right. If you choose upper right, you may add the your name and the name of the chapter to the page number as a running head. Remember to omit this head on the first page of each chapter, and move the page number to the bottom center.

    If you choose running heads, format your header as follows.

    header example
    Figure 1.1. Page Header Example

    For further assistance with page numbering please refer to our tutorials page which is found by clicking here.

  3. Margins

    We recommend that all margins for your ETD (left, right, top, bottom) be no less than 1 inch.

  4. Spacing

    Your ETD line spacing should be either 1 line (single spaced) or 1 1/2 lines. Your committee may prefer the working paper drafts to be double spaced for editing purposes, but smaller spacings are easier to read on a computer screen. A spacing of 1 1/2 may be a compromise that will be accepted by your committee. Please consult them to determine their preference during the draft phase.

  5. Fonts

    For best readability, normal body text should be twelve-point (12pt) size and using the Times or Roman family font.