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Dissertations & Theses: Writing Dissertation and Theses

Examples - thesis-writing help

PVAMU Writing Centre

Thesis and Dissertation Content


I. Preliminaries

A. Blank page (Only required for print versions)

B. Title page (required)

C. Copyright Notice (optional)

D. Certificate of Approval (one original with archival copy)

E. Dedication and/or Acknowledgments (optional)

F. Table of Contents (required)

G. List of Tables and/or Figures (if applicable)

I. Abstract (required, not to exceed 300 words)

II. Body of Text

III. Reference Materials

A. Appendices (if any)

B. Citation of Sources

C. Bibliography

IV. Vita (required) (no more than 250 words) Brief biographical information about the author, including educational and employment history, and bibliography of publications, if any.

Style Guides


Every discipline has its own guidelines for formatting notes, references, and bibliographies. Here are a few of the most popular styles, but you should consult with your committee on the preferred citation style. Your subject librarian can help you find the style manual you need.

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