How to Write a Dissertation

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TITLE OF YOUR DISSERTATION GOES
HERE (USE Shift-Enter, or a soft
return, TO BREAK THE LINES EVENLY)
A dissertation submitted
by
YOUR NAME IN CAPS
to
THE NAME OF YOUR SCHOOL OR INSTITUTION
in partial fulfillment of
the requirement for the
degree of
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (OR OTHER DEGREE)
in
YOUR FIELD
This dissertation has been
accepted for the faculty of
[the name of your school or institution] by
Name of Chair
Chair
Name of Advisor
Advisor
Name of External Reader
External Reader

Abstract
YOUR dissertation TITLE EXACTLY AS IT
APPEARS ON THE TITLE PAGE, AGAIN
USING SHift-return FOR LINE BREAKS
by [Your Name]
The abstract gives a concise introduction to your paper and is generally not more than 350 words in length for a dissertation.

Put Date Here
© Copyright by
YOUR NAME
YEAR

Dedicated to (this paragraph will automatically center
on the page); use Shift-Enter to break each line,
which will automatically center across the page

TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION (this is Heading 1, Level 5)3
Using Headings in Your Paper3
Using the Styles3
Inserting Citations and References3
Including Figures and Tables in Your Paper3
CHAPTER II: AND ITS TITLE3
APPENDIX A: TITLE OF THIS APPENDIX3
REFERENCES3
(The Table of Contents is generated automatically by Word when you choose the Index and Tables command from the Insert menu and follow the directions in the FormatEase user manual. DON’T FORGET TO DELETE THIS PARAGRAPH)

LIST OF FIGURES

(The List of Figures is generated automatically by Word when you choose the Table of Figures command and follow the directions in the FormatEase user manual. DON’T FORGET TO DELETE THIS PARAGRAPH)

CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION
(this is Heading 1, Level 5)
Here is the first paragraph of a dissertation. This is just to demonstrate the look of the template, of course. You will replace this text with your own writing. To use this template, you replace the text of paragraphs like this one with your own words. The formatting and page layout is automatically handled for you when you apply the appropriate styles to your paragraphs. You don’t need to be concerned with margin settings, heading appearance, page numbering, or line spacing. As you can see, this is an indented paragraph, as dictated by the APA style guidelines. If you have the Formatting Toolbar displayed in Microsoft Word, you will also notice that the style box on the left side of the toolbar shows that this paragraph is tagged with the style named “Indented Paragraph.” Styles, the Formatting Toolbar, and the style box are described in the FormatEase user manual that accompanies your disk. Most of the paragraphs in your dissertation will have the Indented Paragraph style like this one. Using Headings in Your Paper

From time to time, you will need to add a heading. The chapter title is the APA level 5 heading, which you get by applying the style "Heading 1, Level 5." There are four more levels available in APA documents: APA level 1, which is the style "Heading 2, Level 1"; APA level 2, which is the outline style "Heading 3, Level 2"; APA level 3, which is the outline style "Heading 4, Level 3"; and APA level 4, which is the outline style "Heading 5, Level 4." The previous heading, for this current section, is Heading 2, Level 1. Level 1 headings are centered and the initial letter of each major word in these headings is capitalized. By using the Heading styles, you also gain the ability to have your Table of Contents automatically generated and formatted for you. Headings for levels 5, 1, and 2 are automatically captured in the Table of Contents when you generate it, as described in the FormatEase user manual. Using the Styles

Using the styles that are part of this document is described in the FormatEase user manual that accompanies your disk. Briefly, all you need to do to change the style of a paragraph is make sure that the text cursor (the blinking vertical...
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