Some disciplines have standard style manuals. Consult your advisor to determine which style is appropriate.
If there is no manual for your field, use a standard style manual such as Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Reference Desk LB 2369 .T8 1996) or the Chicago Manual of Style.
Whichever style manual you use, be consistent. Please note that the style manual used, including footnotes or endnotes, style of bibliographic citations, etc. is up to your department and not dependent on library approval.
All formatting requirements are included in the senior handbook, but some requirements can be confusing. If you have any questions about formatting, ask the registrar, or a librarian.
Use the Thesis Template. CUS has templates for both Word & LaTeX. Use them! Formatting issues may still occur, but fixing them will be easier. You must use a consistent font and style.
The contents of your thesis must follow the order below. Required sections are in bold
Acknowledgments / Preface
List of Abbreviations
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Spectra
Major body of text
Bibliography / References
No variations in the title or approval pages will be accepted. Correct examples are linked below.
CORRECT : May 2020
INCORRECT : May, 2020
INCORRECT : May 14, 2020
Questions? Ask a Librarian!
Inserting Images and Tables
Consult with your thesis advisor as to where to insert your images. They can appear within your chapters, at the end of chapters, or in a separate appendix at the end of your thesis. Your advisor can also provide guidance on whether to place the full image citation below the image or in your Bibliography.
Building your Lists
While a List of Images/Figures is an optional section it is recommended to include one if you have multiple figures. All figures must have titles and the items in the list must match the titles of the images. A sample List of Figures as well as specifics about formatting are in the thesis template (Word or LaTeX). Contact a librarian or CUS with questions.