Because a manuscript or project is usually an objective, unbiased investigation based upon the author's scholarly work, it should be written in a formal scholarly manner appropriate to academic publications. It is important to be consistent in matters of style, usage, and punctuation. Consistency with the style, punctuation, headings, the use of capitalization, and the placement of figures and tables and their corresponding captions should be observed. The presentation of data should be clear and clutter-free, utilizing a legible font and size.
Some manuscripts from the Master of Arts in Humanities and the MFA in Creative Writing are creative works may require minor deviation from the Guidelines in order for creative expression.
Observe the Guidelines as closely as possible and use the formatting tools in your word processing applications for creative styling. Meet with the Scholarly Communications Librarian if you need help with creative formatting.
MS Word is a robust application that will allow you do all the formatting needed for your manuscript. The Library has student computers (PC desktops and Apple Macbooks) with MS Word available for you to use. Additionally the Library has created an ever growing suite of tutorials that specifically address formatting requirements.
Available to all students via their University Gmail account, Google Docs is an excellent word processing tool, especially if working on group projects. As good as Google Docs is, it is a simpler word processing application that cannot handle the formatting requirements for your thesis.
If you opt to use Google Docs to write the bulk of your manuscript, you will at some point need to download it as a MS Word document and finish the formatting in Word. It’s recommended that you wait until you are finished with writing your manuscript.
Also an excellent word processing application, but the Library does not support Pages and cannot advise you regarding the formatting of your manuscript using Pages.
|Page||Page Number||Page Notes|
|Title Page||i||Required. Page number is not visible|
|Abstract||iii||Required. 250 - 300 words. One page.|
|Table of Contents||v||Required.|
|List of Tables||vi||Required if any table appear in your paper|
|List of Figures||vii||Required if an images appear in your paper|
|List of Abbreviations||viii||Optional|
|The Body||1||Required. The main content of your manuscript|
|Bibliography||numbers continue||Well formatted citations|
|Appendices||numbers continue||Appendix titles appear in your Table of Contents|
The title page has 3 sections: (1) The title, byline, and author name, (2) Fulfillment statement, (3) Location and graduation date.
You automatically own the copyright to your work and no one may legally copy any part of it without your permission. You also may choose to use a Creative Commons copyright to give readers more flexibility with what they can do with your manuscript or sections of your manuscript. If you have questions about copyright options please contact The Scholarly Communications Librarian
If you would like to use a Creative Commons copyright for your manuscript please talk with the Scholarly Communications Librarian
An abstract, no more than one page in length, must accompany each manuscript. The abstract states the purpose, design, and results of the research or a description of your project; it is written concisely, usually no more than 300 words, and will not exceed 1 page.
Creative projects will still have an abstract page but rather describing the purpose and design of a project you will have a description of your project.
An acknowledgments page includes a short paragraph acknowledging those people who helped and supported you through the manuscript process.
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