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Thesis and Dissertation

Directions on Form, Preparation, and Submission of the Final Copies of Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

Preface Page

The Preface is optional and can be deleted if you decide not to use it. 

Generally, it may contain personal details about the nature of the research undertaken, how it relates to your background and experiences, and information about the intended audience.  Basically, information that is not directly relevant to the research itself.  You may also include acknowledgments in this section.  If you do include acknowledgments, then delete the Acknowledgments page. 

Template users:  It is best to wait until you have completely finalized your document before deleting this page, unless you are absolutely positive that you will not use it.

How it should look

Macro-Template instructions

A pre-formatted Preface page already exists in the university template.  Just click on the orange text, and start typing. 

 

DELETING THE PREFACE PAGE

If you decide that you do not want to include a Preface page, it is easy to delete:

  1. Click on the SHSU tab.

  2. Click on Navigation Pane.  The Nav Pane will open on the the left-hand side of the page.

  3. Right-click on the item you wish to delete from the Nav Pane.

  4. Select Delete. This should remove that page from your document.

  5. Click on Update All to update your Table of Contents.

Non-Template instructions

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Margins:  Left margin 1.5 inch.  Top, Right, Bottom 1 inch.

  2. Lower case Roman Numeral (iii), centered, bottom of page.

  3. Font:  12 pt.  Double-spaced throughout.  Use same font style throughout document.


TITLE

  1. Type PREFACE in ALL CAPS, bold, centered on first line beneath top margin.  (Use CHPT_Title)


BODY TEXT

  1. Use RegText to type the body of your text, indenting each paragraph appropriately.
  2. When finished, click on the Insert tab, and click on Page Break to start a new section.

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