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History Senior Thesis Style Guide

Introduction and Student Responsibilities

This style guide was developed for use by undergraduate students and thesis readers when preparing or reviewing a manuscript to ensure that it complies with the departments requirements and that it meets a level of professionalism

It is crucial for students to read and understand the information presented in these guidelines and to contact the Library immediately when clarification is needed. Work not meeting the guidelines will not be accepted for publication

It is important to remember that the submission of the manuscript to the Library occurs after all of your thesis advisors have approved the thesis.  Your department may require that you submit your manuscript to the Library in order to graduate, be sure to check with your department.


Time is critical during the "thesis season."  A student must allow enough time for:

  1. Preparation of the draft,
  2. Consideration by manuscript advisors by deadline dates set in the department,
  3. Review by the Library,
  4. Inevitable corrections and resubmission

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all readers are available to review the manuscript such that it can be submitted in final form to the Library by the deadline set by the author's department.