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Thesis and Dissertation

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

Bibliography or List of References

The Bibliography or List of References appears after the Body of the Document.  It is a complete listing of all cited resources used to create your document.  Even though Journal Model authors may have individual Reference sections for each article, this complete Reference list of all citations must appear at the end of the entire manuscript.

Reference lists are formatted according to the instructions provided by the most recent edition of your chosen style manual.  In some cases, style manuals do not contain up-to-date instructions on documentation of electronic publications (i.e., E-mail, software, electronic journals, etc.), government documents, or legal documents.  When the department’s style manual fails to provide sufficient instructions regarding bibliographic documentation, it is suggested that the student consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) or a style manual associated with their discipline.  Specialized style manuals for citing legal material and electronic information are available in the Newton Gresham Library.

 

NOTE:  The example List of References below is based on the APA Style Manual (American Psychological Association). 

CHECKLIST FOR BODY OF THESIS

  • Includes a complete listing of all resources cited in the document.
  • Appropriately formatted according to chosen style guide.  Should be double-spaced throughout with no extra spacing unless chosen style guide dictates otherwise.
     

How it should look

Macro-Template instructions

Template users may manually type their citations in the pre-formatted Reference section, or delete the field and replace it with Microsoft Word's Insert Bibliography feature, found under the References tab.

VIDEO: Macro-Template instructions

Non-Template instructions

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  • Page numbers: 

    • Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), right side, top of page. 

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

  • Font: 

    • 12 pt.Double-spaced throughout.

    • Use same font style throughout document.

 

TITLE

Type REFERENCES or BIBLIOGRAPHY (whichever term is deemed appropriate by your style guide) 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.

 

Non-Template users may manually type their citations in the Reference section, or use Microsoft Word's Insert Bibliography feature, found under the References tab.

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