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.
- Graduate School's Guide for Formatting and Submitting Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses
- Graduate School Dissertation and Thesis Formatting Checklist (PDF)
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.
All students, regardless of the template used, should refer to the following sample file for visual reference regarding correct placement and formatting of dissertation or thesis content.
- Formatted example file (PDF)
LaTeX Class File
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.
MS Word Templates
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.
- Word Template Quick Start Guide (PDF)
- Word Template: Times New Roman version (DOTX; last updated July 2018)
- Word Template: Calibri version (DOTX; last updated July 2018)
Students using one of the Word template files may also benefit from more in-depth documentation from the quick-start formatting workshops centered on using the templates.
- Word for Research Writing I: Text and Structure (PDF)
- Word for Research Writing II: Figures and Tables (PDF)
Writing and Language
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.
The Writing Center provides consultations, tutoring, and workshops for students working in the written word or preparing for an important presentation.
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.
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:
- Choosing the Journal
- Writing and Citing
- Open Access
- Author Rights
- Author Metrics
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.
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
The Graduate School does not offer binding and shipping for personal D/T copies. This includes any manuscript you wish to have bound into book format for yourself, your friends and family, your adviser, or your department.
As a courtesy to our students, we have assembled a brief PDF (Dissertation and Thesis Personal Copies: Bindery Contact Information) that provides suggestions for binderies to contact, and options to request if you want your personal copies to look like the printed dissertations in the library. If you would like to see samples of the options for binding, cover material, stamping, paper weight, etc., please contact email@example.com to request an appointment.