Author Resources

We've gathered a number of resources useful to dissertation and thesis authors on this page. If you're searching for something not listed here, or have questions about the writing, formatting, and submitting process, please contact Shari Hill Sweet at shill2@nd.edu / dteditor@nd.edu, or 574-631-7545. 

Graduate School Formatting Resources

Consult the Graduate School's Guide for Formatting and Submitting Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses for formatting requirements and file conversion guidelines. The Guide is based in part on Kate Turabian's Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations and the Chicago Manual of Style.

Formatting Templates

We strongly encourage use of a Graduate School template in either LaTeX or Microsoft Word. The templates should already include the necessary structure and content styles to correspond with the formatting guide and streamline the formatting process. Refer to the example file above for visual reference.

MS Word

The Word template is available in two versions to reflect the most common fonts used in submissions, Times New Roman and Calibri. Any standard non-ornamental font is acceptable, but authors who select a different font should modify the template accordingly to minimize font conflicts.

If you have not yet used the Word template, please consult the quick start guide or workshop documentation below for additional assistance.

LaTeX

Refer to the nddiss CTAN repository page for the most current version. The class file is maintained by Don Brower, author of the Designing Documents with LaTeX guide page on the Hesburgh Libraries website.

Campus Resources

Commercialization and Patent Filing

Notre Dame’s Commercialization Engine team in the Idea Center can assist authors in science and engineering with:

  • Exploring opportunities for translating cutting-edge research into the marketplace
  • Filing patent applications

Hesburgh Libraries

Every student should be well acquainted with the Subject Librarians who specialize in their chosen field(s) of study by the time they begin writing a dissertation or thesis. Additional support offered by the Hesburgh Libraries includes a variety of Scholarly Publishing tools and guides:

The Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship provides modern collaboration spaces, evolving technologies, and subject experts in digitalization, data analysis, video presentations, digital humanities and much more. 

Writing Support

  • The Writing Center provides consultations, tutoring, and workshops for students working in the written word or preparing for an important presentation.
  • English for Academic Purposes in the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures supports students whose primary language is not English through tutoring, consultations, and writing and presentation workshops.  
  • Writing Accountability Groups hosted through Graduate Student Life are a great way to share progress, challenges, encouragement, and advice with other graduate students and postdocs who are also in the writing and editing phase of a long-term project. Students who are feeling particularly stuck or overwhelmed by the dissertation writing process are encouraged to consider joining Dr. Megan Brown's ABD to PhD Coaching Group
  • Dissertation and Thesis Camp, hosted jointly by Hesburgh Library, the Graduate School, and the Writing Center, offers students a chance to dedicate a solid week to making progress on their writing project during fall or spring break.

Writing Tools

  • Turnitin is a plagiarism-checking software accessible to any ND student with access to Sakai — you can use it to protect your academic integrity in papers, articles, and dissertation chapters. Refer to the OIT Knowledge Base article #KB0014924 to find out how to access the University's installation in Sakai.
  • Grammarly is a free browser plug-in or computer download to use with Gmail, Google Docs, Microsoft Office, social media posts, and more. The free version provides writing assistance (spelling and grammar); the premium version includes additional services including a plagiarism checker, source checker, and more.

Ordering Personal Copies

Although the Graduate School no longer subsidizes printed and bound personal copies of dissertations and theses, we have compiled a resource PDF of independent binderies who are happy to work with students directly: Dissertation and Thesis Personal Copies: Bindery Contact Information. If you would like to see a few samples of the options for binding, cover material, stamping, paper weight, etc., please contact dteditor@nd.edu to request an appointment.