For matters of policy and procedure, please see the degree requirements listed in the Bulletin of Information.
The formatting example file, guide, checklist, and MS Word template resources are available through the Graduate School’s Box account (see below). You may need to activate your Box account before you can access these files.
For the most current LaTeX class file, please refer to the nddiss CTAN repository page.
[If you are unable to use the embedded window above, click this link to access the Formatting Resources directory on Box.]
Microsoft Word: The Graduate School offers formatting workshops based on the dissertation and thesis template. These are typically announced in The Stream newsletter. Students at any stage of the process may register on the Professional Development events page.
- Word for Research Writing I – Text and Structure: A quick-start designed for those writing dissertations and theses, but applicable to anyone who uses Word for research or book-length writing projects. Bring a sample “chapter” and your laptop (or use the lab’s Windows computers). Using the Graduate School’s template for dissertations and theses, we’ll discuss use cases for page and section breaks; import a sample chapter; examine, modify, and apply text styles; and use those styles to create a clickable navigation pane and table of contents. Download the documentation: WfRW I – Text and Structure.
- Word for Research Writing II – Figures and Tables: A quick-start designed for those writing dissertations and theses, but applicable to anyone who uses Word for research or book-length writing projects. This session assumes the author has completed Word for Research Writing I – Text and Structure. Using the Graduate School’s template for dissertations and theses, we’ll discuss best practices for inserting figures and tables in the context of a dissertation or thesis; use paragraph styles to control the formatting of figure/caption and title/table sets; apply section breaks to control landscape-oriented pages; use applied styles to create a list of figures and a list of tables; and, if time allows, explore multi-page tables and in-text cross-references. Download the documentation: WfRW II – Figures and Tables.
- Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (English for Academic Purposes resources)
- Citing and Managing Sources (citation management software & workshops)
- Dissertation and Thesis Camp
- Writing and Citing (general resources)
- Writing Center
Copyright and Access to Your Work
- Author Rights
- Copyright and Dissertations
- Creative Commons license types: Which one is right for me?
- Open Access (a good overview)
- Deadlines and submission checklist
- CurateND ETD collection, the Hesburgh Library collection of Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) submissions since 2001.
ProQuest/UMI offers additional details regarding the preparation of PDF files, copyright registration, and publishing embargoes on their submission information page. (At Notre Dame, we submit the files and paperwork to ProQuest for you, but their guides are still very helpful.)
Binding Personal Copies
The Graduate School does not accept personal copies of dissertations or theses for binding. Please refer to the PDF Personal Copies: Using Library Bindings as a Guide for information contacting an independent bindery.