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Formatting Guidance


Thesis Manual

Formatting Checklist

  • Please review your document using the formatting checklist before you submit.

iThenticate Plagiarism Screening Program

  • As of September 1, 2014 all thesis/dissertations deposited at Purdue must be screened using the iThenticate program. Satisfaction of this requirement will be certified by both major professor & degree candidate signing in Electronic Thesis Acceptance Form [ETAF] 9. Please direct all iThenticate questions to Deborah Rupp, Purdue's Research Integrity Officer.

Other Guidance

Thesis/Dissertation Timeline

Copyright Information

Campus Resources


Templates


LaTeX Template (puthesis)

The Thesis/Dissertation Office recommends using puthesis.

  • Why should you use it?
    • Thousands of people have graduated using it. You won’t need to “reinvent the wheel.”
    • All formatting details are done automatically, you can concentrate of the content of your thesis instead of worrying about margins, typefaces, etc.
    • It is especially convenient for typesetting mathematics.
    • Many people think it produces a more attractive output than other systems.
    • All of the software needed is free and available for a wide variety of software and operating systems.
    • Some (especially engineering, mathematics, and science) journals use LaTeX.
    • You may be able to cut large chunks out of your thesis, change a few lines at the top of the resulting file, and send that to a journal.
    • Using LaTeX and BibTeX is very common in the scientific community. Sooner or later you may need to learn it anyway.

MS Word Template

Our Microsoft Word templates are designed to be used with Word 2013 (PC) and 2016 (MAC).

We are unable to support the use of these templates with older versions of Microsoft Word, Pages for Mac, or LibreOffice.
For troubleshooting, use Microsoft’s Help Pages.

Questions? Email thesishelp@purdue.edu with WORD TEMPLATE in the subject line.

Read the template instructions provided in each template before writing your thesis or dissertation.

Note: copy/pasting into templates may cause formatting issues that should be fixed before submitting to the Graduate School.


 

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