Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

This Style Guide for the front pages of a dissertation and master’s thesis provided below has been adapted for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences within the context of University formatting standards. Style guides are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be used as a template. MS Word templates provided below are offered in a beta format.

Write the body of the manuscript (chapters, bibliography and appendices) in a style appropriate for your field of study or your school-specific guidelines, with the exception of page margins, page numbering and page order. Styles for formatting bibliographies, footnotes, and/or endnotes should be consistent with the chosen style used to format the body of your document.

For more information on citation styles and citation tools, visit our Writing Style & Citations webpage.

Copyright

Inclusion of your own previous or future publications, including co-authored works, requires permission from the publisher and may impact your ETD publishing options. You can find detailed information at Using your own previously published works: a guide. Obtaining copyright permissions takes time, so start the process well before you are ready to submit your document to the ProQuest ETD Administrator. Direct all copyright questions and requests for guidance to Barrett Matthews, the Library’s Compliance Officer.

University Formatting Guidelines

Refer to the University Formatting Guidelines website for standard formatting expectations across GW academic programs.

Dissertation

Template:

(beta)

Instructions: Open the template and save it under a new name. The text highlighted in yellow on the new document may be edited with your specific information. Please delete the optional pages you do not wish to use. (The shading or highlight will not display when printed or converted to PDF.)

To remove the square parenthesis from the template:

Under the Review tab, click on Restrict Editing. 

A dialogue window will open on the right side of the screen. 

Uncheck "Highlight the regions I can edit." 

The square parenthesis will be removed.

 

[DO NOT USE AS A TEMPLATE]

Master’s Thesis

Template:

(beta)

Instructions: Open the template and save it under a new name. The text highlighted in yellow on the new document may be edited with your specific information. Please delete the optional pages you do not wish to use. (The shading or highlight will not display when printed or converted to PDF.)

To remove the square parenthesis from the template:

Under the Review tab, click on Restrict Editing. 

A dialogue window will open on the right side of the screen. 

Uncheck "Highlight the regions I can edit." 

The square parenthesis will be removed.

 

[DO NOT USE AS A TEMPLATE]

 

Corcoran School of Arts and Design: 

 

Please upload PDFs of websites, etc., as supplemental files in the ETD Administrator.